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Old 01-30-2013, 08:36 PM   #1
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Default Seriously can not get the lid off the bucket-please help

I seriously can not get the lid off my new fermenter bucket. I have always used glass carboys so this was my first experience with plastic.

Seriously, without heavy tools, and I'm causing damage to the lid trying, I can't get the lid off the bucket and I want to transfer it today!!! WTH? Why won't the lid come off?!? Is there a trick to it?


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Old 01-30-2013, 08:38 PM   #2
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Idk if we have the same kind of buckets, but mine have a little notch on the top of the bucket above the handles that allows you to get your fingers under there to pop it open. I had the same problem as you when I first used them until I accidentally found them. Hope that helps!


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Old 01-30-2013, 08:38 PM   #3
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one of my lids is nearly impossible. nearly. you can do it!
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:40 PM   #4
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Put the bucket on the ground, and drive your knee into the middle of the lid while tugging on the lip of the lid. It makes it a LOT easier to open.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #5
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I know it doesnt help you now but they make a tool.

http://www.wheatgrasskits.com/bucket...FVCd4AodSF8A9g
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:41 PM   #6
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Go to a paint store, HD or Lowes and get a $2 5 gal paint bucket opener. It works wonders, really.

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Old 01-30-2013, 08:42 PM   #7
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I hurt my fingers every single time I open a bucket. True story.
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Old 01-30-2013, 08:43 PM   #8
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  • Take the airlock out
  • Put one knee on the middle of the lid (there is usually a circle there)
  • Pry up on the lip of the lid in one spot and work your way around (you may have to go around more than once, just pry up part way all the way, and go back over)

If THAT fails, there should be 'stripes' around the side of the lid - those stripes are spots where there is less plastic so it's easier to cut (yes cut)

IF YOU DO THIS, only cut one or two a few notches apart and only do it about half way up. See if that helps, if not, try a few more.
**do this knowing your lid MAY not seal as well as it is now**
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Go to any hardware store and for about 2 bucks you can pick up a tool specially made to open 5 gallon plastic buckets.



I have a couple of them, so I don't misplace them.
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Put the bucket on the ground, and drive your knee into the middle of the lid while tugging on the lip of the lid. It makes it a LOT easier to open.
GOT IT!!!! This is what I just did, thanks. Out of breath, had to not just pry one spot, but go all the way around and pry with all my might.


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