"They" don't "lose" them.
And "you" are responsible for them when they come up missing for whatever
I doubt that they are going to let it slide when "their" trashcan goes
missing because "the wind blew it away."
I believe that will be on your next bill.
approach is to use bungee straps for the lid, and to bolt a steel plate
onto steel rails on the bottom of the can. I can permanently bolt a
couple of steel rails to the inside of the can's bottom with threaded
holes so that the steel plate can be easily attached or removed when
not needed. I'm not sure if the steel plate will be attached on the
inside (plate on top of rails) or outside of the can (bolts through the
bottom of the can)...I need to check the clearance on the outside
bottom of the can and see if the attached plate will fit. Outside is
preferable so I don't need to reach inside to detach the plates. I can
plug the holes with a bolt and rubber washer when the plate is not
Thanks all for your help on this!
There isn't a perfect solution to this. I think that if you do that,
you need to keep in mind the way the center of gravity will now be
placed in an empty can: the bottom. It's the opposite of the way some
older SUVs and vans were built and that was top heavy. A good gust of
wind may cause the can to flip over anyways, but I do think the can
would be prevented from traveling down the street at least.
That's where I want the COG to be. If I'm not mistaken, the higher the
weights are placed, the easier it will be for the wind to knock it
over. That's why SUVs had (have?) a tendency to tip over...a higher
Regardless, my solution is not ideal, and I'm open to suggestions to
make it better. :)
Well, I am just thinking that if your trash can is anything like mine,
it's not a normal geometric shape and so the center of gravity would
have to be adjusted accordingly. In my setup, the top is larger than
the bottom and it is a slanted can with two metal handles and two
wheels.. like a wheelbarrel almost. I would look at a building a box to
block the wind and make it easy to disassemble in the non-windy seasons.
Mine is tapered, the top being wider than the bottom. I'm pretty sure
that's to distribute the weight of a can that is full so that it is
more balanced (I've learned that the hard way when I loaded some
construction debri on the top of the can with a bunch of lightweight
stuff on the bottom...it nearly tipped over when I moved it). Lower the
COG would be beneficial in what I'm trying to deal with the wind, and
being able to remove the weight and raise the COG back would be
beneficial when it's not windy.
I have to put my trash cans on the street, so I can't build anything
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