The Problem with Snap Lids
Taking standard snap lids off of 5 gallon buckets is extraordinary difficult. I’ve encountered lids that have taken ten minutes and several rest periods to get off. The trick is actually to pull out on the rim rather than up.
Several inventions have hit your local bucket outlet to deal with this problem, including the bucket opener pictured to the left. It opens buckets in under a second, and saves your fingertips for another day. Check out our bucket wrench article if it suits your fancy.
The Solution: Spinning Lids
For a more permanent solution, here’s the Gamma seal lid. It screws on and comes with its own grips to make screwing and unscrewing easier. Gamma seal lids are much easier to open, yet are just as waterproof as your vanilla bucket.
Gamma seal lids come in two parts, the rim and the center piece. The rim is affixed permanently to the bucket, with help of a rubber mallet.
Gamma Lid Prices
Gamma seal lids are more expensive than standard lids so it’s best to use them only with buckets that need to be opened and closed regularly. For example, we bake bread every day and keep a bucket of coarse whole wheat handy. With a Gamma lid, the contents stay sealed from bugs and moisture while not taking an immense feat of strength to open.
Gamma Lid Sizing
Gamma seal lids are advertised as fitting a “standard-sized” bucket of any capacity as long as the rim is standard. Buckets ranging from 2.5 gallon to 7 gallon all can have the same rim circumference. I’ve found that buckets vary in size, but lids seem to have a bit of flexibility when it comes to fitting on different buckets. When applied to Gamma lids, this is when a rubber mallet comes in handy.
Opening and Closing Gamma Lids
This video offers the best demonstration for securing and removing a Gamma Seal Lid. Makes you feel like a DJ spinning a record!
Advantages of Gamma Seal Lids over Snap Lids
- Much easier to open and re-seal buckets
- A variety of colors!
Disadvantages of Gamma Seal Lids
- More expensive
- Outer ring takes force to apply
For details, reviews and purchase options, see Amazon.