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It's been a whils since I've bought paint, but we got some yesterday in plastic one gallon pails. Anyone got a source for these pails for a decent shipping cost? I thought they'd make good feeders - (black so they would block UV if one were to use Fumigillin), short enough to fit inside a deep box for protection from wind, etc.; no metal to rust; etc. I've tried local bakeries and have minimal luck with getting plastic pails from them. I'm not sure I'd trust cleaning out the used containers and would prefer new, clean ones to use for feeders. Any suggestions to finding them? Thanks!
 

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the big box home improvement stores like lowes,home depot, etc sell unused gallon paint cans. thats what i use, with good success. i have heard of others using plastic coffee containers, but havent personally. they would be easy to test for airtightness in a sink. good luck,mike
 

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I have used the red one gallon ones from Home Depot. I run all mediums and a medium with an inner cover above it just barely covers it. So a deep would be no problem. But there is a catch. Home Depot sells the buckets but not the lids. Lowes sells the lids that fit that bucket, but don’t sell the bucket. At least that is how it has been at the ones I have checked.
 

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I have used the red one gallon ones from Home Depot. I run all mediums and a medium with an inner cover above it just barely covers it. So a deep would be no problem. But there is a catch. Home Depot sells the buckets but not the lids. Lowes sells the lids that fit that bucket, but don’t sell the bucket. At least that is how it has been at the ones I have checked.
Interesting marriage between Lowes & H.D. with buckets vs. lids. Hmmmmm :rolleyes: Too bad our nearest Lowes is 104 miles away.

Thanks for the suggestions - I never even thought of using coffee containers! I like plastic containers for many things due to light weight, minimal breakage, no unsafe shards of glass, opaque for Fumigillin if I ever feel the need to use that product & short enough to fit inside a deep for protection from wind, etc.
 

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I used the plastic coffee 'cans' all last year and thought that they were the greatest until I had to put them away. They don't stack. They are also very light and easily fall off of shelves and roll under things.

This year, I bought a bunch of 1-gallon pails and lids from Mann-Lake. They stack nicely. I think that they were about $2.50 for a pail and lid.
 

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If you have a menards store nearby they have them. I paid about $4.00 each. But didn't use them long. I bought the smallest drill bit I could get to drill holes. The problem was one time the paint can would work perfectly, and the next time it might dump the whole gallon of syrup in about an hour, next time it might work, might not. I don't know what the deal was.

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