15 Brilliant 5 Gallon Bucket Hacks for Your Home
The ubiquitous 5 gallon bucket can be used for lots more than just hauling stuff around!
Really Easy Paint Container Cleanup
Even if you use reusable shopping bags, there’s a good chance you have some plastic grocery bags somewhere in your home. And a large trash bag can be used for a variety of projects in your workshop.
Use your extra trash bags as 5 gallon bucket liners to make a 5 gallon paint bucket. This tip is especially helpful when working with messy materials such as paint or grout. Simply place the trash bag inside the 5-gallon bucket and make sure that there is enough bag left over at the top so it won’t collapse inwards. When using this handy hint with paint, you can tie the bag shut to use for another day of working on your project. And, once you are done using the paint in the bucket, you can poke a hole in it to drain the paint back into the paint can. This hack makes for easy clean up! Plus: 8 painting myths you need to stop believing right now.
Keep Them from Sticking Together
It’s nice to keep some empty 5 gallon buckets around, but the only way to efficiently store them is to stack them. The problem is, they can get stuck so tight it feels like they’re glued together. Put a short chunk of 2×4 between the buckets when you stack them. It’ll be a cinch to pull them apart. — Dennis Rowe. These 20 cool tool hacks will blow your mind.
DIY Dog Feeder
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Hold Them In Place with Bungees
I use a lot of 5 gallon pails to store tools and other construction gear in my pickup. But I was frustrated because they were always sliding around and tipping, and I couldn’t always reach them without climbing up into the bed. My solution: Secure them in the pickup bed with bungee cords. Now they stay put! — Tim Horky. Check out these other genius uses for bungee cords.
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