For once I was went out just an hour after my garbage was collected,
and no one was out there, and yet this was the day my lid disappeared.
I've waited a week for it to return, but I don't think it knows the
I want to make a substitute. For a previous plstic can, I just made a
lid out of T1-11, and it's pretty good when I set in the right place.
I might even put little brackets on it to keep the lid in place.
I have more t1-11, but this can is thinner and it doesn't seem
appropriate. So I thought of some material, the blue woven tarps, or
a piece of canvas, or some other fabric, or part of my old convertible
top (which I'm saving for something more important). I would sew a
hem around the whole edge, with a bungy cord inside. I already have
the cord. It should take about 20 minutes total, maybe less, since
the sewing machine is out right now.
BUT, WHAT ABOUT MICE???? Will they go right through the fabrics I
have in mind. I especially wanted to use the blue polypropylene?
woven tarp material because I have scraps of that the right size.
What about vinyl window screen, or aluminum window screen. Those
won't suppress smells, but even the garbage rarely smells much for
more than a day or two, and I have no neighbor for the next 4 months
or more, and then it will be cold. But the mice have better smellers.
But will the mouse chew through aluminum screen? I could even make
it two layers, plastic to keep the smell in, and window screen to keep
the moouse out.
Thanks for any helpful replies.
I'm a big spender, so I'd probably pick up a new lid at the hardware
store for $5 next time I was there. Or maybe pick this as a time
to upgrade my trash can and relegate the old one to new duties.
[carting leaves, holding water while I mix concrete, etc.]
Probably not as they'd have to scale a slick surface 50 times as tall
as they are.
That would look too classy and folks would always be stealing it on
It would also let the rain in which could make the can a little heavy.
If I could buy a lid by itself, I would gladly do it, but if I bought
a lid, it would come with a can and then I'd have two cans and one
This one is like new.
That's a good point. This is about the only thing you've agreed with
me on, but this is the most important. It is slick too, more so even
than other materials used.
Maybe. I was for some reason thinking of taking it off before I took
out the trash anyhow. I guess because someone took the last lid.
It's against the rules but some people do it, and I could make sure
there was nothing on top that would blow off, which is the reason for
I have an overhang where I keep this can, and it doesn't get wet.
I'm glad I asked and I'm glad you and Smitty posted. Because I had
time today to make the lid -- I even got out the scraps, washed them
with the garden hose (since I was watering a little bit of sod anyhow)
and decide which scrap was the right size (the smaller one).
Yesterday, I went to a surplus store and bought a box of 14 bungee
cords, including some long one, and some attachments, for 10 dollars.
So all I had to do was cut it out, find some blue thread, take the
junk off the sewing machine, and eew. But maybe now I won't have to.
I got to tell you, it never occurred to me until I read Smitty's
answer that it was possible to buy a lid without a can. Although it
makes sense since lids get lost a lot more than most other things.
And even then it never occurred to me that I could google for them. I
figured you had to go to the store and ask someone, probably by
Everytime I've been to the store, I see a stack of cans and a stack of
lits, and I always figure there is the same number of each, and they
will only sell it that way.
I've also never used the Products category of google. I didn't even
know about it. It's not under More. You have to go to Even More. I
didn't even know about Even More! (Because I rarely look in more. I
have a shortcut, whatever, for searching google groups.)
Live and learn. Thanks.
I didn't mention that my can is rectangular, and adding that word
didn't enable me to find it.
The brand is not obvious, but I'm going to go downstairs and hunt for
it, and make it a seach or "Refine product results" term.
That's what I always figured too, until I recently bought 2 Rubbermaid
cans. The lids were listed separately than the cans, didn't notice until
they rang them up. I was like, huh? Whoever thought they would sell cans,
Well, I had a meeting tonight next door to home depot and I ran in.
My probably 32-gallon garbage can has NO brand name on it, somehow,
but it looked just like some 45 gallon garbage cans with the
Rubbermaid name on it. (Mine actually has a non-wrinkled area on the
front with no name embossed there!)** I measured it with my arm, and
theirs is a lot bigger than mine. The clerk thought they sold metal
lids separately but only metal. But I have to find a store or
website that sells the right size first.
But if you bought Rubbermaid separately recently, I'm on the right
**A couple of my neigbhors have the same size. I'll have to go look
if they have a brand name next garbage day. But they weren't around
when my lid went missing. Their cans and lids were lying in their
yards. I went out within an hour of the garbage collection. No one
was around except the garbage men.... at least that I saw.
I am pretty sure both Lowes and Home Despot have stacks of lids-only.
Get one and use a big marker to put you street address on it.
In our neighborhood, we need to use (indentical) supplied garbage and
recycling containers. Everybody has theirs marked with their street
Make and form a lid from hardware cloth. Buy some plasticized fabric,
sew or glue a strap to the center of round piece of fabric for a handle.
Use hot-melt glue to fasten fabric to the h.c. form, being sure to wrap
bottom edge and turn it up like a hem. Use permanent marker to put yer
name and address on it. If plasticized fabric is too lavish, just use
some heavy cotton, canvas or old plastic tarp. You can pretty much
waterproof any heavy fabric - just tack it down, brush on some primer,
dry, two coats paint. (That's pretty much what Michelanglo did :o)
Make a couple of spares for potential loss, or to sell at next garage
sale. If you have a crafty spouse, she might want to decorate them with
some cute thing, like ducks or hearts (or a very realistic rat). Add a
rope tied to a brick so when the trash collector heaves the cover, it
doesn't blow away :o)
Bags? Who uses bags in a garbage can? (Only halfway kidding)
As cheap as garbage cans are, OP is spending more time on this than it
is worth. (IMHO, of course.) For the replacement, I suggest a wheeled
square can with an attached lid. Use the old can for yard waste or
something, where it doesn't matter if it is covered.
BTW, anyone ever tried to throw away a garbage can? (like a rusted out
metal one, or a cracked and broken plastic one.) I found you have to
mash it up and put it inside a garbage bag before they will take it.
I tell ya... if you ever have bad curry sauce or bad sourdough starter
that you need to discard, you cannot have enough bags! Wheh! Makes
baby diapers mixed with vomit seem appealing by comparison.
When I need to throw away a garbage can, I just put a sign on it that
say "TAKE THE TRASH CAN --thanks". They take it. Maybe their just
nice. Maybe they appreciate the stink being contained inside a
Of course. It's also a borrowed garbage can, and I'd like to be able
to return the whole thing. (All my garbage cans are used up holding
firewood, from the tree that fell down, after my neigbhor complained
about it being stacked on my deck. So I built a firewood rack, 5 feet
long, but it's full already, and I was only able to free up one
garbage can. But it's cool enough to have a fire in the fireplace
now, and I did a couple nights ago.)
It's a townhouse. I have no space.
Once, I had a brown plastic can that had several cracks from the
bottom up 8 or 12 inches, but it still worked fine for most things. I
think the garbage men just threw it away becaus they thought it was
old. That's a reaons with another cracking plastic can I try to
always put it out with the lid, to convince them it's still okay.
OTOH, maybe this was a fluke and most garbage men wouldn't do this.
The can in this thread is black, but really I only want brown because
it matches the house and the dirt around the bushes. But sometimes
it's hard to get brown and they sell those ridiculous blue ones.
My waste hauler supplies big roller cans that the truck lifts and
dumps automatically - no charge 'cuz it easier/faster for them.
The hinged lid stays permanantly attached.
Have you asked your hauler about that option?
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