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#1 of 12 Old 06-05-2007, 11:39 AM - Thread Starter
 
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I'm not sure where to put this, but thought I would try here since I know a lot of us self-sufficiency-minded-folks use 5-gallon buckets.

I got some from our co-op deli and a few of them are stuck together so tightly that I cannot pull them apart. Is there a trick that can help with this, or do I need to just get myself some more buckets? I hate to waste the ones that are stuck if I can help it.

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Hook the handle of the bottom one on something (I use the vice in the shop) and pull on the top bucket handle. Or have DH do it! If you can twist them at all that would help get some air flow...

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If there is a vacuum inside - from moisture that evaporated, try running a small stick down between the two sides. That should let air in and break the vacuum.
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You can also turn them upside down and beat them against the ground a few times, that sometimes loosens them ... and blows off a little steam
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I throw them around the concrete floor of our basement until they come apart.

Like one of the PP mentioned, it's a great way to blow off some steam.
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put cold water in the top bucket and hold the bottom bucket in several inches of hot water. after a few minutes, the air between them will expand a bit and they will come apart with ease. no cussing.

works with rubbermaid totes as well....
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are they **** stuck?
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Thanks for asking - I love all these ideas! I haven't tried any of them yet but hope to try today. Thanks so much for all the replies. I will let you know what works.

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I usually try to turn the inner ones, kind of like turning the top off a jar. Sometimes they come apart that way. If they have handles, I'll turn them the opposite ways and try to twist them out. Usually works.
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put cold water in the top bucket and hold the bottom bucket in several inches of hot water. after a few minutes, the air between them will expand a bit and they will come apart with ease. no cussing.

works with rubbermaid totes as well....
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put cold water in the top bucket and hold the bottom bucket in several inches of hot water. after a few minutes, the air between them will expand a bit and they will come apart with ease. no cussing.

works with rubbermaid totes as well....
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