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Old 04-12-2012   #1
 
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Cheap Drybox- Overpack Drum?

Any experience with a salvage overpack drum as a dry box? These are used for hazmat cleanup, to enclose a leaking drum or barrel. I just bought a 20 gallon plastic overpack drum from Industrial Supplies for $49, free shipping, and it sure looks like it would hold up to waves and hydraulics. It's the small one with the screw lid in the photo. Place for a 2x4 to fit into the lid for extra torque. Tough to shape to fit in and tie down, and don't get one used, but I'm thinking it could work. They're UN approved...
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Any experience with a salvage overpack drum as a dry box? These are used for hazmat cleanup, to enclose a leaking drum or barrel. I just bought a 20 gallon plastic overpack drum from Industrial Supplies for $49, free shipping, and it sure looks like it would hold up to waves and hydraulics. It's the small one with the screw lid in the photo. Place for a 2x4 to fit into the lid for extra torque. Tough to shape to fit in and tie down, and don't get one used, but I'm thinking it could work. They're UN approved...

Those sure look appealing!


How can I not visualize some intrepid Russian rafters running a rig with about 6 of the 55 gal overpacks lashed together?!
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He would be yelling "Come on Yuri, paddle harder we are about to go down the tongueski"!
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How good does that gasket look? What type of material is used for the gasket?
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Gasket on Overpack

It's about 8 mm or 5/16" thick, dense black foam. It's dense but it does compress. It takes 1 1/2 full turns to close it lightly, then you can really twist it tight. I don't think the foam is closed cell, but I'm not sure. It's about an inch wide. The lip of the barrel is about 3/8" thick, and it has rough saw marks on it. I think I should smooth those so they don't bite into the gasket.
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The "rough saw marks" might make it seal better once, as haz mat container it was not meant to be re-used. smoothing them out sounds like the ticket for gasket life.
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As soon as it stops snowing I'll fill it with water and roll it around the driveway. Maybe leave it upside down. I'll let you know.
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The "rough saw marks" might make it seal better once, as haz mat container it was not meant to be re-used. smoothing them out sounds like the ticket for gasket life.
Lube the gasket with some veg oil (or whatever) and you'll get on nicely.
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Do a search on vittle vaults they are square and water proof. Also search gamma lids to make a cheap water proof container.
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It seems like you might be better off w/ 5 gallon buckets and gamma lids might be what you're really looking for...cheap and waterproof (about $9 for the lid and $3 for the bucket if you buy it new...)
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