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LakeGeorge
What are your most creative uses for a 5 gallon plastic bucket, commonly referred to as a spackle bucket?
Post some photos with your description!

Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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LakeGeorge
I find I can fit a 220 and a gallon can of Coleman fuel in one, with plenty of room for mantles, a lighter and some tools. After Hurricane Sandy, I left one in my parents' home for emergency use.
Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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zoomkat
For something like $5 at academy sports ($13 at Walmart) you can get a potty lid for the bucket. A functional lid compared to the standard one, and a fairly comfortable seat with the lid down. [wink]
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boneweed
Not quite tall enough to quench a fire in a 220, but works for smaller models. Good for carrying lanterns if remainder of bucket is stuffed with other things. Good for filling with sand at beach to use as canopy hold-down.
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brucesheehe
I use one for a potty with the toilet seat when boondocking as zoomkat does.  I place a trash can liner in the bucket first, then throw it on the fire when we retire for the night.
Bruce Sheehe
ICCC #889 - Connoisseur of Time, Friends, Leisure, & Coleman   Altoona, PA - The Mountain City - Near The Eastern USA Continental Divide
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Troglodyte
  • Line with a 1/2" foam sleeping pad and a 228 low vent fits perfectly.  Still have room for mantles and lighter.
  • Dutch Buckets for my hydroponic tomatoes. 
  • Good for storing prep items.  They can be stacked several high if you keep the heaviest on the bottom.  They can do double duty as toilets, mixing bowls (not the same bucket as the toilet [nono]), gathering water, lids can be plates.  Lots of versatility in an emergency situation. 
  • A dove hunting seat.  Carry lunch, extra shells, what-not.
  • Turn them on their side, cut 2/3s of the lid out and screw them to the coop wall and you have laying boxes.
I'm excited when we lose electricity at the house.

ICCC#1369

Mike 
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NYGfan
I have a food grade 5 gal bucket that contains my emergency kit. In it is beans,rice in vacuum sealed bags.fire starter. Can opener etc. Also in the bucket is a water filter system tat comes with a hand drill. You drill a hole in the bucket attach valve assembly and filter fill the bucket with water and start filtering water.
Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
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Dubblbubbl
I use them to carry lanterns to the campground. They stay upright in the bed of the truck and protect the globes. You can add a towel for extra padding, if you want. Then once at camp I fill them with water to anchor the canopy using ratchet straps to the handle of the bucket. I camp at improved campgrounds with hookups so I don’t have to carry 5 gal of water very far. When breaking camp, water the flora and dry them out well, and the lanterns go back in for the trip home.
Rob in NC
MilSpecOps Syndicate #1962
Coleman 275 Appreciation Syndicate #1962

Sometimes we are the windshield, Sometimes we are the bug...
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mikew
Most common thing I use one for is electrolysis tank. 
Mike
"... at evening time, it shall be light." Zechariah 14:7

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bwperreault
As a 30+ year mechanic you collect older tools as they are retired when something that works better comes out.  I have pails full of hammers and prybars, pliers of all sorts and screwdrivers. I like the square 4 gal ones. They will also hold a bag of drywall compound, and are the tank for my electrolysis set up. I have a couple in the corner where I store ends of lumber under 3 feet long standing up.
Brian
ISO 6-56, 7-88, and 2-91.  Found a 1-91, it may be as close as I get
Thank you to all servicemen and servicewomen, past and present.
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51plymouth
5 gallon buckets are among the most useful things on the planet. I bought some screw on lids from Home Depot for the buckets that I keep dog and cat food in


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Dave 
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smokster
I have been known to brine my Thanksgiving turkey in a 5 gal bucket.
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Loren

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arizonacamper
I keep cat food and cat litter in them seals up airtight so you don't get any contamination from air and moisture
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Northman49
When the walleyes are in a feeding frenzy a 5 gal bucket beats a stringer or live well any day. 2005-043.jpg
She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still.

I keep my tools sharp...but my mind sharper!
  Ed
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huachuca
Holds my guylines, stakes and hatchet on the way to my campsite. Filled with water and placed next to my fire ring when the tent and screen room have been setup
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Graeagle Coleman
Many uses in the construction industry..especially carrying out small amounts of heavy debri to the garbage bin. Click image for larger version - Name: 96454755-FCBB-40EE-B104-F76D27A2AB54.jpeg, Views: 877, Size: 2.01 MB
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bigfrank97
I use them as a mouse trap.   Fill 1/3 with water, toss in sunflower seeds as they float on top of the water.  2x4 ramp from the ground to the top of the bucket.  The mice see the seeds and jump right in thinking it full of seeds.  Lights out.
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Smokey12
A five gallon bucket saved my uncle’s life. He was building his fishing boat in the late 80s when it tipped over on him. The bucket that was next to him crushed down leaving about six-seven inches thus saving him though he was injured severely. After recovering months later he finished the boat. Not much of a fishery here now but he still takes tourists out to see whales and icebergs in the same boat.
Don
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mnhogrider
I've spent many hours sitting on one turned upside down jigging through a hole in the ice. 
Steve
ICCC Member #1396 
BernzOmatic Appreciation Club #017
Mack, Cat and Cadillac.
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Uncleduddley
When i worked for a poultry equipment installer each crew member carried a quality 5 gal bucket.  Great for extra gear and clothes for every working occasion.  Water tight and bug proof with no air infiltration.....very important in a turkey farm environment!

A friend of mine worked many summers as a camp host in a national forest campground that did not have electric except the host site.  He used a white bucket hanging upside down as a tree light to mark his site.   Rope, extension cord,bulb. simple bit it worked 
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LakeGeorge
Those buckets are the perfect height for a seat when splitting wood with a hydraulic machine.
Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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CdnColemanGuy
brucesheehe wrote:
I use one for a potty with the toilet seat when boondocking as zoomkat does.  I place a trash can liner in the bucket first, then throw it on the fire when we retire for the night.


I cheaped out and used a pool noodle for comfort. 
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Canadian Blues Syndicate # 52
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SteveRetherford
not very creative , but very handy with all the pockets . i can fix most any house hold projects with whats in this bucket :-) just wish they put better handles on em .

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Troglodyte
NYGfan wrote:
I have a food grade 5 gal bucket that contains my emergency kit. In it is beans,rice in vacuum sealed bags.fire starter. Can opener etc. Also in the bucket is a water filter system tat comes with a hand drill. You drill a hole in the bucket attach valve assembly and filter fill the bucket with water and start filtering water.


I'm interested in the water filter. Can you give a name, link, and/or some more details?
I'm excited when we lose electricity at the house.

ICCC#1369

Mike 
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Graeagle Coleman
LakeGeorge wrote:
Those buckets are the perfect height for a seat when splitting wood with a hydraulic machine.


+1
Turd Appreciation Syndicate #0210
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Graeagle Coleman
SteveRetherford wrote:
not very creative , but very handy with all the pockets . i can fix most any house hold projects with whats in this bucket :-) just wish they put better handles on em .

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+1!!
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Gunhippie
Geez. I don't know that I could live without the ever-present 5-gal bucket! I've got five or six Bucket Buddies, like the tool holders above. They make a great stool, a single-step ladder (NOT OSHA approved!) and I can even carry water in one.

For my camp throne:

         

Cut out the bottom, dig a hole, and you're good to go!

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fuel brained
Pull off the handle, Spray the outside brown, Drill a 1/2 hole in the center of the bottom and install a swag light kit.
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It
US Navy Submarine Cold War Veteran
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optimusprime
I make homemade beer in a few of mine...and wine...and sugar washes for the still....
Looking for a 9 37 lantern.....   [sos]

PS...you can call me John if you like
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bwperreault
Jeff. Pictures or it didn't happen. LOL
Brian
ISO 6-56, 7-88, and 2-91.  Found a 1-91, it may be as close as I get
Thank you to all servicemen and servicewomen, past and present.
My curious nature has gotten me into more trouble...
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fuel brained
guess I'll have to make another as the others went to light a chicken coop for light and heat. Will post pics later. Jeff
Pastor Jeff
God said "Let there be light" so He let His Son shine.
SoCal and Lovin' It
US Navy Submarine Cold War Veteran
MilSpec Ops #1960 "Feel the Roar"
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Loganeffecto
I store all of my catfishing gear in one because it holds bulky items that a regular tackle box will not. Plano makes an organizer that fits like a lid and has compartments. Other companies make swivel seats for them too!
Logan, formerly known as Fester. (It means to rot)
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Gunny Mike
I have about ten of them throughout the house, the shed, and the camper. Used as trash cans, shower bucket full of hot water when the water heater went out, storing our fire starting items, and I have one with a lid for a canvas 10x 8 tarp, guideropes,stakes, and rubber hammer. They stack easy for transporting them to the campsite so one or two empties get packed along with the fishing bucket.
Semper Fi
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NYGfan
Graeagle Coleman wrote:
Many uses in the construction industry..especially carrying out small amounts of heavy debri to the garbage bin.


I learned a long time ago to NEVER open a 5 gal bucket on a job site... ewww!
Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it

 
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NYGfan
Troglodyte wrote:


I'm interested in the water filter. Can you give a name, link, and/or some more details?

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Joe
Mil-SpecOps #0219
Stovie and Damn proud of it

 
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Phat_Daddy35
I mix drywall mud in mine.[sEm_blush8]
Chad
As my good friend Tom says " I'll leave the light on for you" (242 in my case)
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MilSpec Ops #0350
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JonM
A seat for ice fishing, insert a styrofoam liner-minnow bucket, rods & depth finder carrier on the wheeler.7 gallon pails are even better.
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LakeGeorge
When we go camping on islands via boat, I keep my camera, radio and wallet in one with a Gamma seal on top. Completely waterproof!

Gary Coleman, I am.
I.C.C.C. #1035
11th Annual East Coast Coleman Convention, June 5-9, 2019. Gettysburg, PA
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scl
i store my grease guns in them. the nozzles are contained in the bucket so the grease is contained and the rim supports the handle so i can grab and go.
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sabre7cu
Drill a hole almost to the bottom and pull your extension cord through. Then wind the rest into the top. Quick and easy transport. I can get 75 ft..... Maybe more in there.
Stan White
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Northman49
"Drill a hole almost to the bottom "....can you rephrase that?
She was only a moonshiner's daughter, but I loved her still.

I keep my tools sharp...but my mind sharper!
  Ed
                 CANADIAN BLUES Member #023
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kenmack
I find them perfect for storing large numbers of pickles.  Who'd of thought it?
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The Armchair Psychologist
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HercL4D2
I hate them and they hate me. Every time I bring some home they escape into the wife's garden area and are off limits to me.
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BigLew
A five gallon bucket with lid is good for keeping charcoal safe and dry.

I saw the light, no more darkness, no more night. - H. Williams Sr.
CCLXXV A.S. #LXXXIII ¡Viva el 275!
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pateco
They are necessary for Cast-netting Live bait. but they must be Certified. LOL



Life is a Beach

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Mike DeHart
I made saddle bags for a mountain bike with two "Tidy Cats" buckets sourced from the dump.  They are 4 to 5 gallons and shaped rectangular.  They have snap down lids that open like the trunk lid on a car.  I built a rack on the bike and hung a bucket on each side of the back wheel.  This bike carried the food for a 4 day 60 mile bike-packing and primitive camping trip up the C&O Canal, from DC to Harpers Ferry.  
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jacobsdad
Electroysis bucket
Brian

 P.S. My favorite Coleman are still my 3-burners

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ke4ljh
Mike, you have any pics of that bike ride?

Stephen - Florida
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Mike DeHart
I do, but all large size.  I will have to resize them and post later.  I made the racks from 1/2" thiwall electrical conduit, cheap and available.  I made racks for 4 bikes, each a little different.  Got lots of positive comments on the gear that week, mostly from bikers with store bought ($$$$$) panniers of all types.  I had less than $50 in the entire batch.  This was my family vacation that year.  Me, the missus, and 3 kids: 16, 13, and 8.  All rode, all carried gear.  We did 15 to 20 miles each day.  Plenty of time to eat meals, read history, little side trips, and evening swimming in the Potomac.  Oh - and the Coleman Peak-1 stove and lantern served us very well that week.
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weto
When I remodeled the house I actually stored my lampshades in them. they are just the right size for the Coleman style shades. Add some padding and you're set
-Erik
ICCC #1284
Milspec Ops #0076
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