5 gallon bucket upgrades.

Discussion in 'Misc Fishing Tackle Talk' started by Rat, Jan 27, 2006.

  1. Rat

    Rat New Member

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    I had to get rid of my truck last year due to the fact it was getting 13 mpg, and my daughter was starting college and needed something more reliable to drive back and forth to school during the week. (plus something that didn't smell like the river) So, this year when I go fishing, I'll be driving either the family van or the car. I like to take a 5 gallon bucket with me that holds my livebait, but didn't want it splashing all over the inside of the vehicle. I also wanted an easier way to get bait out of the bucket without having to use a dip net, or sticking my hand into a bucket of water full of bullheads. So, after a few days of running options through my head, this is what I came up with.
    I measured the inside of the bottom of the bucket and found it to be 10 1/4 inches. I cut out a 10 inch circle of hardware cloth for the bottom and then another piece 5 inches wide by 3 feet long, made that into a circle with an overlap that fit the 10 inch bottom, and hooked it all together using small pieces of wire I twisted down tight. I found the center of the bottom and put in a threaded rod and very large washers (one on bottom, one on top) and double nutted it to keep everything tight. Then I measured the inner diameter of the top of the bucket and cut out a piece of plywood to fit as snugly as I could into the top opening. I drilled a hole in the center of the plywood to let the threaded rod through, then put more washers and nuts, one above one below, to attach it to the rod so it's level with the top of the bucket when the wire bottom is sitting on the bottom of the bucket. Now, when you pull on the threaded rod to take the lid off, the screened bottom rises with it and brings the bait in the bucket along with it to the surface so you can snatch whatever you want from the basket. I put 4 small bolts evenly spaced through the rim of the bucket ( 12, 3, 6 and 9 O'clock) so the lid sits on them for some extra support. That is so you can put some pressure on it and the lid won't try and flip on you so you can use the top as a cutting board. Last thing I have to do is cut a small slit in the top so the wire for my aerator can go through. (The original handle remains on the bucket to use to carry it to the water.)
    Rat
     

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  2. willisjj

    willisjj Guest

    Thats a nice setup you have there. Thanks for the instructions on building one. I may have to make one of those. I especially like being able to cut on top of it. That hardware cloth sure is handy. All of my crawdad traps I have made with it.
     

  3. bearcat

    bearcat Member

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    Hey Rat nice bucket upgrade.
    The only problem I can see is that threaded rod might hurt a little if you sit down on that bucket by mistake. HeHe

    I bought a galvinized can liner from Catfish connection that does the same thing. I would imagine yours was cheaper on the pocket book.
     
  4. Rat

    Rat New Member

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    Bearcat, I never thought of that. I'll have to paint a warning on the lid.

    NOT A SEAT

    :crying:
    Rat

    Thanks for the laugh, I needed one.
     
  5. Catbird

    Catbird New Member

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    Rat, nice setup. I would suggest a short piece of wooden dowel rod maybe 4" long - drilled 3" deep, slightly smaller than your threaded rod, then just screw on.
     
  6. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    pretty nifty little idea. You're just full of great ideas. THANKS
     
  7. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Rat, you already have about 25 articles in library. LOL This will be a nice addition. Thanks for sharing your ideas with us.
     
  8. Rat

    Rat New Member

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    Based on a design flaw that could really turn out to be a pain in the posterior, a recall was made and a fix was initiated. (Thanks Bearcat.)
    Rat
     

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  9. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    LOL, now I gotta save it again. LOL Thanks Rat.
     
  10. Rat

    Rat New Member

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    Catbird, I didn't see your suggestion until I had already put on the handle. I was trying to keep as much of the lid available as a cutting board as possible, and I think a dowel would accomplish this better than a handle while still averting a possibly embarrasing (and painful) situation from developing.
    Rat

    (Sorry Bryan, my bad.)
     
  11. TDawgNOk

    TDawgNOk Gathering Monitor (Instigator)

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    I LOVE the recall!!!
     
  12. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Rat, I noticed that design flaw right off, and I know you must be concerned about product liability and all that stuff, so I think you made the right move to modify the initial offering.:)
    Just kidding! Good idea on the bucket.
     
  13. the_nis

    the_nis Member

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    Rat, thats a great design! I might have to make one myself.
     
  14. fwmud

    fwmud New Member

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    yep, really like the bucket.
    Specially since the "hemoroid remover" was removed.
    Ha! Good job once again Rat.
     
  15. vlparrish

    vlparrish New Member

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    Nice bucket Rat. Vern
     
  16. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    Great idea Rat, I'd like to make myself one of those. Thanks for sharing.
     
  17. beeheck

    beeheck New Member

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    Good idea on the bucket, I'll be making one soon! So you removed the "hemorrhoid remover" and put on a "hemorrhoid packer"? My first thought was to sit on it you would have to "line things up" so to speak.lol Seriously, good idea, thanks for sharing.
     
  18. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    I like my friends bait bucket, a 5gallon bucket w. lid with a bunch of small holes drilled in the sides w. a rope tied to the handle. dump your bait in snap on the lid and throw it in keeps bait lively without airator plus when you go to get your bait out the water drains out for easy picking.
     
  19. slimepig

    slimepig New Member

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    went to academy yesterday and got a universal lid for 5 gallon buckets. has the access door with holes in the top, a place on the side to clip aererator, and also a larger hole for the aererator hose. 3 bucks.
     
  20. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    Looks like a great idea there.