When buying I noticed a lot of reviews saying it was hard to use. Not sure if this has been mentioned lately but if you turn it upside down and press down it allows you much more pressure which gets more water out. Also if you put the torn newspaper in very hot water and agitate it with a Wooden spoon (no use buying the agitator) every once in a while it will be ready to use by the time the water's lukewarm. It's much faster that way, more effective, and you don't get cold hands. I pour it out into a colander first, press the water out and tear up any more pieces that need it and it's ready to go in. Press down with some thick rubber oven gloves, then turn upside down and press more until it's ready to pop out. Then I stick it on the radiator or next to the wood burner for a few days till ready. Really a cool item if you're feeling frugal, crafty, and have an excess of newspaper. It does take a full Saturday and Sunday's Times to get a small brick. Hope this helps.