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Offline Hraz

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Food buckets are stuck
« on: September 30, 2009, 10:58:39 AM »
Does anyone know of a good way to unstick 5 gallon buckets?

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #1 on: September 30, 2009, 11:11:19 AM »
Depends on how stuck. If they were clean buckets that are stuck, I just fight them loose, sometimes it takes two people. Don't try and pull on the bail handle, get a grip on the lip of the bucket and have the other person grab the bottom of it. Try and turn the bucket as you pull, that helps. If they were dirty buckets when stacked (think frosting or the like) then you may have to sacrifice the bottom bucket by drilling a small hole in it. If you are truly desperate for the buckets, you can try to soak them in a hot bath to warm up, then filling the top one with cold water to "break the seal". I have heard that works, was never very successful when I tried it. Since I get them for free I often sacrifice the bottom bucket  and then use them for stuff other than storage around the place. They make great berry picking containers. I have a buddy of mine that reseals them with a spot of epoxy if he drills into them but personally I don't trust that for long term storage. Again I get them for free so it isn't a big deal for me to destroy one. Good luck and just keep at it.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #2 on: September 30, 2009, 11:50:38 AM »
how about blowing compressed air into a small crack you make by shoving a flat screwdriver in between the buckets? just a thought

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #3 on: September 30, 2009, 12:37:08 PM »
Same problem a few years back. I hung them up in the garage on a summer day. The heat loosened the plastic and gravity did the work. About an hour after I hung it, I heard a loud thump.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #4 on: September 30, 2009, 12:39:07 PM »
run them under hot water?

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #5 on: September 30, 2009, 02:22:03 PM »
I actually came across a tool last night while I was digging through the interwebs...

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MS%20L150_A_name_E_Plastic%20Bucket%20Opener
http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MS%20L200_A_name_E_Champion%E2%84%A2%20Lid%20Lifter

Also found another with a better picture of the design:
http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/bucket_lid_tool_bucket_lid_wrench_lid_remover.aspx

You can either order one or find a way to duplicate them somehow...

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #6 on: September 30, 2009, 07:50:40 PM »
I actually came across a tool last night while I was digging through the interwebs...

http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MS%20L150_A_name_E_Plastic%20Bucket%20Opener
http://beprepared.com/product.asp_Q_pn_E_MS%20L200_A_name_E_Champion%E2%84%A2%20Lid%20Lifter

Also found another with a better picture of the design:
http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/bucket_lid_tool_bucket_lid_wrench_lid_remover.aspx

You can either order one or find a way to duplicate them somehow...

I used to work in food service and we had one of those for a while... they worked well, made opening the lids quite a bit easier

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #7 on: September 30, 2009, 08:00:54 PM »
Same problem a few years back. I hung them up in the garage on a summer day. The heat loosened the plastic and gravity did the work. About an hour after I hung it, I heard a loud thump.

that's a really good suggestion.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #8 on: September 30, 2009, 09:25:07 PM »
Thanks TSP'ers.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #9 on: September 30, 2009, 09:30:34 PM »
The bucket wrenches are good for opening buckets, got one and love it. Just bought three more off eBay, I appreciate ya'l reminding me to get a few more. BTW on eBay you can get 3 wrenches for $10 (with shipping). Just do a search for bucket opener.

Not sure they would help getting stuck buckets apart though.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #10 on: October 01, 2009, 02:33:26 AM »
that's a really good suggestion.

Laziness is the evil step father of genius.  ;)

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #11 on: October 01, 2009, 06:25:19 PM »
Laziness is the evil step father of genius.  ;)



hahaha, I'm gonna have to steal that quote!

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #12 on: October 01, 2009, 07:26:03 PM »
Laziness is the evil step father of genius.  ;)
Yep, Ben Franklin was aware of this:

"Give the laziest man the hardest job and he will find the easiest way to do it."

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2009, 09:45:25 PM »
The way to separate buckets is to tie an anchor to the handle of the top bucket and toss them into a lake. The air inside of the buckets along with the lubricating action of the oil-polluted waters of your local lake will be enough to pull them apart.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #14 on: January 08, 2010, 11:01:09 PM »
Compressed air will work..........beware   the high-pressure exiting ballistic bucket will come to a sudden stop under your chin.   Yeah...... someone told me about this. LOL

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #15 on: January 09, 2010, 01:31:38 AM »
Step 1      Fill the top bucket three-quarters full with cold tap water.

Step 2      Place one or two cups of ice into the water contained in the top bucket.

Step 3      Place the bottom bucket in a sink or tub and fill the sink/tub with very hot water from the tap.

Step 4      Allow the buckets to sit in the water for one to two minutes.

Step 5      Pull on the top bucket to separate it from the bottom bucket. The hot water causes the bottom bucket to expand, while the ice water causes the top bucket to contract.

Found this information here: http://www.ehow.com/how_5566529_separate-plastic-buckets.html


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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #16 on: July 02, 2012, 12:04:25 PM »
Here's a way to keep those buckets separate once you finally get them apart.  When you take the gasket out of the lid to wash it, do not replace it in the lid.  Instead, place the gasket between the bags as you stack them.  It makes the stack taller, but saves untold time and frustration.

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Re: Food buckets are stuck
« Reply #17 on: December 07, 2012, 07:18:44 PM »
yup, the best way to unstick five gal pails is used compressed air blown in the seam and watch out.  the easiest way to stack them and to keep them from sticking is to make sure the wire handle,[if equipted], is tucked into the lower bucket.  They come apart easyand stack good enough.  the tucked handles keep enough space between the stacked buckets.  simple.