Is this an engineering problem or what?
Two of the buckets I use around the garden, etc. are stuck, one inside
the other. I and other neighbors, strong ones,
have tried like hell to separate them. Thumping, prying, banging, even
pouring water around the rim of the bottom one.
Nada. Niente. Nichts. Rien.
This has become a challenge.
What next? Baby powder? Or...?
Baby powder? Does it have a rash?
A picture would help.
I'd be looking to attach a clamp or vise grips
to each and then use the attached parts to gain leverage.
If you can pour water between them, fill the gap and put
the whole thing in the freezer.
if the buckets are metal use a heat lamp pointed at bottom ( heat expands)
outside one then fill inside with cooler water ( cool water will cause it to
contract a bit) this should loosen them up.
I hold the top one by the bail handle, then use a rubber mallet to tap the
top edge of the bottom bucket. I'll wet the inside between them first.
Most times it works unless the buckets are old, and then they just break. I
think they do this on purpose, as it would sure be easy to make them where
they come apart easier.
It's a conspiracy, I tell you!
You got some interesting suggestions that may work. Worst case scenario is
you cut the bottom bucket to allow air in, but save the top (inside) bucket.
Or cut the inside one to vent.
If you are really lucky, you maybe able to drill a hole near the top so the
bucket is not lost and can hold water up to the hole.
Use the area between the bottoms as a piston. Alternatingly heat and
cool it, while keeping the rim area of the bottom bucket wet with either
water or glycerin (more slippery, doesn't dry up). When you have enough
lubrication, insert a small screwdriver or wire between the buckets to
allow air in. Should work, but it is better to store the buckets with a
small stick between them.
I have drilled a small hole (1/8") in the center of the bottom of the bottom
bucket and used an air tip to blow them apart. It works quite well, though
the bucket doesn't hold water unless you repair the hole. Many bucket uses
do not require water tight.
The bigger issue is what to do to prevent it from happening again. One of
the bestfor me is to hang a rag over the rim of the bucket before stacking
in another. I would appreciate other ideas.
The scrap of tubafor or the like in the bottom is simple.
Or, fabricate/attach a permanent lip to the bottom edge as is formed
into many of the plastic ones any more. Easier/simpler w/ straight or
nearly so ones, larger tapers take more of a lip, of course.
Or, same idea but from the other direction, fasten a collar around the
outside to prevent sliding into the other.
Like most 5G buckets come out of the mold with in recent years? You can
still nest them, but the inner bucket never goes deeper than the second
lip. Takes up a little more space in the truck and warehouse, but a
worthy tradeoff to avoid them getting coupled like rutting dogs. (or has
that been proven to be a non-urban myth?)
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