Five-Gallon Bucket Opener

Digital ImageFive gallon buckets of wallpaper paste (or anything else, for that matter) are heavy, and it involves quite a wrestling match to remove the sealed lid. There are all kinds of gadgets to make that easier. Some are large, heavy, and look like lug wrenches.

Here is a pic of the one I use. I like it a lot. The “V” notch at the tip is for cutting the plastic band that locks the lid to the bucket, and the weirdly angled part is used to pry the lid off the bucket.

This tool is pretty priceless to me. Years ago, it was given to me free by a former manager of the Sherwin-Williams where I shop most, on University in the Rice Village.

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