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Old 08-11-2012, 12:02 AM
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I'd like to remove the Gamma Seal lids from a few of my 5 gallon buckets. I can't seem to get them off. Is there a wrench or some other type of tool that will remove them without destroying them?
Old 08-11-2012, 12:08 AM
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I don't know about a wrench, but I was able to get one off using a large flat-blade screwdriver and a thin pry-bar.

Mine has some bend marks on the rim where you have to pry it off, so in my experience you're not going to get it off looking the same. On the other hand, I was able to reinstall it on another bucket.

They are not easy to remove...but you knew that.
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Thanks Goose. I thought that I saw some type of lid wrench/prying tool somewhere.
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There is a tool ( a little plastic wrench thing. We had on in a restaurant that I worked in.
Maybe Google restaurant supplies?

Anyway, I use them a lot for feed and stuff and though sometimes one will not seem to want to cooperate; I haven't had a lot of trouble with the lids.

You have to have patience, and pry them loose a little at at time going around in a circle.

Some lids seem to be harder than others too.
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There is a 'wrench' available if you want to call it that. I've purchased a couple of them from the Winco I shop at. It was , I think, about 3-4 dollars. Haven't used it yet though
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A lid wrench takes them off with less damage than anything else I've tried.

This is why I only add them on buckets I have already opened. I use a regular gasketed lid for sealing the buckets for storage.
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I just found some on Amazon and ordered one. I think it will be useful to have. Here's a link: http://www.amazon.com/s/?ie=UTF8&key...l_3iaya8tdhe_e
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Emergency Essentials ..... www.BePrepared.com ..... has a the best tool for removing lids without damage .... Champion Lid Lifter .... item# 4P1-MS-L200 ..... $14.95 .... all metal construction and for some reason doubles as a gas valve wrench ....

if you want cheaper .... plastic wrench item#4P1-MS-L150 .... $1.95
little better plastic wrench item# 4P1-MS-L500 ... $4.95
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If I hadn't have read the posts here where folks say they have, I'd honestly say that I think it's impossible. Those bastages really pop on tight and they don't have a lot of give to prying. I thought bucket wrenches were for normal PVC lids.

I use them on all my storage buckets. Never had a reason to try to remove one.

Let us know how that goes!

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I have the lid lifter that everyone is referencing in this thread, and it didn't work on mine--couldn't get the 'hook' of the lifter under the gamma seal. There is/was a rim on the bucket that prevented that.

That's why I used the screwdriver/flat bar to get it off.
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I have the lid lifter that everyone is referencing in this thread, and it didn't work on mine--couldn't get the 'hook' of the lifter under the gamma seal. There is/was a rim on the bucket that prevented that.

That's why I used the screwdriver/flat bar to get it off.
That makes sense. They are awfully snug and there's no clearance on the bottom.
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I have the lid lifter that everyone is referencing in this thread, and it didn't work on mine--couldn't get the 'hook' of the lifter under the gamma seal.
I had the same experience.

BTW, if you are going to be buying a lid lifter wrench, get the metal one. I have had two of the plastic ones break in the past.
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I was wondering about that. I ordered a plastic one, but I'll order the metal one as well now.
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I have the lid lifter that everyone is referencing in this thread, and it didn't work on mine--couldn't get the 'hook' of the lifter under the gamma seal. There is/was a rim on the bucket that prevented that.

That's why I used the screwdriver/flat bar to get it off.
That's something I hadn't thought of. The differences between buckets. The heavier grade buckets I bought have a more pronounce rim than the freebies I got from restaurants. And I haven't tried a Gamma lid on one of those yet. Sometimes I have to use a screwdriver to pry the Gamma lid out enough to get the lifter to hook. Then you can sort of work it around the lid, lifting as you go.
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put the gamma lidded bucket in a container of hot water for awhile. i got mine off with my fingers while it was still warm
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put the gamma lidded bucket in a container of hot water for awhile. i got mine off with my fingers while it was still warm
If not that--a sink would probably work--you could also try a heat gun or a hair dryer.

Great idea!
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