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Old 09-05-2018   #1
 
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bucket handles

I've got lots of 5 gallon buckets that the handle gets trashed before the bucket does. Any good homemade designs folks have for handles that have better longevity than the stock metal and plastic tube ones?

And before someone chimes in, I'm looking at just being able to retrofit a solution rather than buying a bucket and handle with a different design.

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Hi,

I usually just drill the rest of the way through the plastic and string a paracord handle.

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I drill out the outside hole, ever so slightly, and run 1/2" rope through it
-hole doesn't need to be a 1/2" since you can melt the rope into a point and slide it through
-the same rope I used on my chicken line

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A weird amount of my life has involved carrying buckets. I carry this piece in my work attire (waders) for the moment the stock handle breaks. You can also cut the slot one blade thickness and wedge it onto the metal wire, which never comes off. It takes some PVC a saw and a file or sandpaper.
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A combo of those two ideas oughtta do it.
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Can I mention that I hate Home Depot buckets because they're not the same spec as all the other 5gal buckets and they get stuck together?
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Yeah, I have been known to slit a 6 inch section of garden hose for a slide-on handle.
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I cut off the wire handle then drill the hole out to 3/8 inch. I then use a 7 or 8 mm rope with an overhand knot and pull it into the bucket handle attachment. I then use vinyl hose of the diameter I need and use about 6 inches to make a soft handle, locked in place with an overhand knot on each side so it doesn't slide. Then run the other end of the rope through the other hole and tie a overhand knot and pull it up into the other handle attachment. No hole in your bucket and if you get the length right buckets stack with the handles on the outside.


As for buckets sticking go to a Sherwin Williams store and see if they will sell you some 5 gallon buckets. I have had several sets from painting projects that nest without sticking.
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Old strap material also works well as a new handle, after drilling the holes as others have said. Stick the ends of a strap through the holes, then know the ends.
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As for buckets sticking go to a Sherwin Williams store and see if they will sell you some 5 gallon buckets. I have had several sets from painting projects that nest without sticking.
Great pointer, dsrtrat,
x2 - Sherwin Williams uses really nice buckets. The plastic seems to be durable and resilient (not brittle) and they're standard-sized and don't stick in other standard-sized buckets.

If you know any commercial painters, they usually throw the buckets away after a job. Latex paint peels out easily.
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