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    Thread: 55 gallon drum lid hack

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      55 gallon drum lid hack

      Had to share. For those who want to make a S&G filter out of a 55 gallon plastic drum. I wanted a drum with a removable lid, but all I could find were the ones with two bung holes on the top. This link shows how to make a lid. It's so crazy simple. Basically you cut of the top of the barrel and turn the lid upside down. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4ssong971is

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      I did that on 3 of my 4 filter barrels. It 'kinda' worked. I wasn't able to cut them exactly flat, so the lids are a bit wobbly and don't sit square. They also don't seal, so bugs like to get in there.

      Here's another tip: Instead of toiling away with sandpaper, use a propane torch on those sharp edges. It will quickly soften the plastic and get rid of the burrs without having to sand for an hour.
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      water heater pans will also work.. I think you need the 24".

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      Often after cutting the top ring off a plastic barrel it goes out of round and distorts as it ages. Making sealing difficult. The thick ring is what keeps the top round. Best to leave the top ring for support and extra height. Cut out the inside leaving a small ledge to support a lid. Cut a disk out of low cost corrugated plastic for an inside lid.
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      Thanks for the tip batman. I'm going to look for some corrugated plastic.
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      I just used leftover epdm and tie it on with a strip of the same. Not the best looking but
      mine are in the woods and I can't see them.
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      I used a jig saw and cut a circular piece from the top of the barrel, ensuring the rim and about an 1 1/2" was left of the top to provide a shelf for the lid to sit on. From there I took two plastic water heater drain pans and cut the rim from them to leave a circular piece of plastic small enough to nest inside the top rim and sit on the remaining plastic "ledge". Zip tie in place and you have a hinged lid for your 55 gal barrel. Name:  IMG_1513.jpg
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