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Old 02-15-2010, 05:17 PM   #21
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Default Re: How to separate stuck buckets?

I've only ever dealt with dirty buckets(dried dirt ironically), they don't stick together!
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Old 02-15-2010, 05:44 PM   #22
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The thing with buckets is, you must not stack dissimilar buckets. For example, if you put a blue bucket you inherited from an organization who no longer has a blue bucket inside an orange homedepot bucket they will become stuck together not unlike that self fusing silicone tape. I think home depot may have engineered their buckets to become permanantly attached to other buckets, although I have yet to come up with their motive in doing so.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:43 PM   #23
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The thing with buckets is, you must not stack dissimilar buckets. For example, if you put a blue bucket you inherited from an organization who no longer has a blue bucket inside an orange homedepot bucket they will become stuck together not unlike that self fusing silicone tape. I think home depot may have engineered their buckets to become permanantly attached to other buckets, although I have yet to come up with their motive in doing so.
That is a mating ritual and you must not disturb the buckets for at least 6 months or you will not get any new buckets.

Seriously, just drop a string down the inside or a wire... -Anything to break the air tight seal. Otherwise you are fighting air pressure to pull them apart.
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Old 02-15-2010, 06:47 PM   #24
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I use a small amount of semtex...

Used to have a neighbor with an even better method. All of his buckets were oily on the inside. So they were easy to get apart...but once you had one, you didn't really want to use it!
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:38 PM   #25
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I personally wist as i pully up and that usally works, if not i just pull harder, and when all else fails i just try to get the top 2 or something like that
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Old 02-15-2010, 09:46 PM   #26
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Default Re: How to separate stuck buckets?

just drill a small hole in the bottom of the bucket and use an air compressor with a rubber fitting to force air between the buckets. of course then you have a hole in your bucket, but as professor lockhart would say the important thing is they are no longer stuck.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:01 PM   #27
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Here are a couple ideas for you.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:35 PM   #28
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I just wait till it's at least 20 below, then hit them w/ my 12 gauge and a 3" magnum w/ #6 shot. I've not had any two pieces stuck together after that. If you do that in your unheated garage, wear good ear protection.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:46 PM   #29
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those appear to be stagehand people. I bet their pay is far greater than the cost of a bucket for the time spent trying to get a pair of buckets unstuck.
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Old 02-15-2010, 10:56 PM   #30
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We have a powerwasher at work that puts out HOT water. I heat the bottom outside bucket with the pressure washer and [I]usually[I] the buckets will come apart.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:13 PM   #31
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hmm, just had an idea. could keep a foot long piece of rope attached to the handle, then when stacking buckets put it into the bucket before putting in the next bucket.
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Old 02-15-2010, 11:32 PM   #32
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All s ya gotta do is hold yer tongue just right...
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Old 02-16-2010, 03:59 AM   #33
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The thing with buckets is, you must not stack dissimilar buckets. For example, if you put a blue bucket you inherited from an organization who no longer has a blue bucket inside an orange homedepot bucket they will become stuck together not unlike that self fusing silicone tape. I think home depot may have engineered their buckets to become permanantly attached to other buckets, although I have yet to come up with their motive in doing so.
Whats interesting is that $.59 bucket we pay $2.99 for is cast to such high tolerances that msnow has to go to such extremes in engineering to deal with unintended consequences.

Stickers will solve the problem and unlike jklingle you don't have a mess to clean up that was a hell of a lot of fun to make.
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Old 02-16-2010, 06:41 AM   #34
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a little baby powder where the 2 buckets contact works
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Old 02-16-2010, 12:30 PM   #35
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It is quite clear that you need to build a bigger shop, that way you would not have to stack your buckets, you could just line them up nice and neat!
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:00 PM   #36
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One thought comes to mind. It involves a small hole, ether and a match. My problem is I never know which side of the bucket to stand on. After multiple tries I still havent found the right spot. I am about ready to just glue them all together and leave it at that.
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...and unlike jklingle you don't have a mess to clean up that was a hell of a lot of fun to make.
Mess? Hell, I take them over to my neighbor's property. The tolerance issue is a good point; I don't see much made to the specs of a freaking bucket.
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Old 02-17-2010, 04:38 AM   #38
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Hello,
Invert the buckets and pour hot water over the bottom of the outer bucket. Holding the rim of the inner bucket between your feet, grasp the rim of the outer bucket and pull it off the inner one.
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Old 02-17-2010, 11:31 AM   #40
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Default Re: How to separate stuck buckets?

Wow, this has gotten a bit of track to say the least--- but VERY entertaining!!!


On a somewhat-related note, does anyone have any tricks for getting the lids off 5 gallon buckets? I'm talking about the "UN" rated lids that don't have the little notches around the rim of the lid.


There's a tool called the "bucket buster" that says it will take the lids off no problem, but I don't know if we really need that. I'm looking for any tips/trick to get them off with "normal" tools.


We have a bunch of these buckets at work that need to have the lids removed so we can rinse them out then reuse them.


Thx.
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