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Q: Opening envelopes and then resealing them ( Answered 3 out of 5 stars,   7 Comments )
Subject: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
Category: Miscellaneous
Asked by: markabe-ga
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Posted: 20 Feb 2003 23:14 PST
Expires: 22 Mar 2003 23:14 PST
Question ID: 165093
I want to open up someone’s mail and then reseal it without him
knowing about it.

I’ve tried using steam, but it doesn’t seem to work (The print comes
off the letter and sticks to the envelope, and the glue doesn’t come
unstuck anyway).

How I can do this?
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
Answered By: jeanwil-ga on 21 Feb 2003 02:26 PST
Rated:3 out of 5 stars
Hi markabe-ga,

I have done some research and have found a couple of ways to do it.  I
know you said that you used steam but you have to make sure that you
did it the correct way or else it will not work. I have listed my
findings and their sources below.

"There are two traditional methods for reading the contents of a

How to open a sealed envelope
"I’ve heard of two techniques, but I haven’t tried either one, so you
might want to test the theories first. They’re actually contradictory!
One idea is to put the envelope you want unsealed in plastic and
freeze it. When it’s cold, the stickiness is removed, so the theory
goes, and you can use the envelope again. This tip is actually used
for postage stamps that have stuck together but it may work for your

The other idea is to steam the envelope with a kettle or steam machine
/ humidifier or to heat the envelope slightly with a blow-drier. This
tip comes from detective novels where there’s always someone who wants
to read a letter in a sealed envelope."


I hope this helps.

Best Regards


search words 'how to open a sealed envelope'

Clarification of Answer by jeanwil-ga on 21 Feb 2003 02:32 PST
Hi markabe-ga,

Here is an additional source with information:


markabe-ga rated this answer:3 out of 5 stars
lambsroar's suggestion was actually the best one, but at least I got
some other options as well.

ddelphi, mind your own business.

Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: probonopublico-ga on 21 Feb 2003 04:58 PST
The technique used by MI5 etc. is to insert a thin pencil into the top
of the envelope (there's usually sufficient gap) and then to roll up
the document inside around the pencil and extract.

After reading, the document can be re-inserted the same way.
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: ddelphi-ga on 21 Feb 2003 07:45 PST
You should know that opening someone elses mail is a felony in the
United States.  I'm surprised that Google researchers would answer a
question that encourages illegal activity, as this is a violation of
the terms of service.

- ddelphi
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: liner-ga on 21 Feb 2003 10:01 PST
Well, maybe it isn't.  Note this thread (Is a husband allowed to open
his wife's mail?):
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: lambsroar-ga on 21 Feb 2003 15:57 PST
This works every time. Boil water, put it in a coffee cup, and GENTLY
steam the seal by placing the envelope directly over the top of the
cup, with no space.....basically seal off the water, and peal very
slowly, and they open right up, then reseal using the same method....
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: ddelphi-ga on 21 Feb 2003 16:07 PST
Perhaps, but the thread to which you refer is far from conclusive on
the subject.  It is hard to imagine a scenario where someone wants to
open someone else's mail surreptitiously without it being a crime.  I
think the high standards to which Google researchers hold themselves
would preclude answering this type of question.

Any researchers care to defend the opposing viewpoint?

- ddelphi
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: kemlo-ga on 21 Feb 2003 16:41 PST
to ddelphi
perhaps markabe doesn't live in the USA
other countries have different laws
Subject: Re: Opening envelopes and then resealing them
From: missy-ga on 22 Feb 2003 07:10 PST

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