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Old 01-14-2010, 04:59 PM   #1
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I recently switched to plastic buckets for my fermentation. The lids are a massive PITA to get off though. Anyone have any tips on getting them off with ease. Im to the point of trying to you a screwdriver under it to get it started. I dont want to make a scratch or anything though.



 
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:01 PM   #2
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workout a little bit ,

seriously though maybe its just the brand you bought. Never had an issue with mine. Are they ale pails or just regular pails


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Old 01-14-2010, 05:02 PM   #3
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Hit the weight room.

Stick one knee on one side, grab the other side of the lid, pull the edge of the lid out and up and work your way around. It takes some doing but you should be able to get it off.

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:04 PM   #4
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if you look around the edges of the lid you will see where your supposed to cut the plastic. take a razor blade and cut the slits. just don't get carried away.

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:11 PM   #5
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Try this:
http://www.midwestsupplies.com/pail-opening-tool.html
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:12 PM   #6
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I recently switched to plastic buckets for my fermentation. The lids are a massive PITA to get off though. Anyone have any tips on getting them off with ease. Im to the point of trying to you a screwdriver under it to get it started. I dont want to make a scratch or anything though.
I have the same problem on 2 different brands of buckets. it sucks

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #7
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I rest my forearms across the top of the keg and use my elbows to hold the back of the top down as I pry up on the opposite side with my hands. Hopefully that is fairly clear. lol
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:13 PM   #8
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I rest my forearms across the top of the keg and use my elbows to hold the back of the top down as I pry up on the opposite side with my hands. Hopefully that is fairly clear. lol
thats the method i use as well, still a PITA

 
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Old 01-14-2010, 05:15 PM   #9
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A 99 cent to 5 dollar utility/paint bucket opening tool from your dollar or hardware store, or the 10 dollar version at your lhbs.

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Old 01-14-2010, 05:19 PM   #10
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Don't cut those slits! They help to keep a good seal. You've just got to work the lid. Reach across the lid and pry up. If you work on the far side of the lid you can get good leverage. You'll know when you've pulled enough. Then work your way around the entire lid until it comes off easily. I've seen 14 year old girls do this in a restaurant. There's no reason you shouldn't be able to unless you have problems with your hands.



 
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