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Old 04-01-2003, 11:02 AM   #1
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A Trash Can Not to Use for Holding Water


Just a warning message. You know those rubbermaid trash cans with wheels on the bottom? (see attached) I thought they would be good to use a recepticle for my RO water.

I would not suggest using them. I've used it with success several times before, but this time it got about half full and dumped over because of the pressure where the wheels are made the can off balance. Unfortunately this was in the house this time (usually I have it sitting out on the back deck). Big mess. At least the water is clean and it happened in the basement. We got a steam cleaner and got up most of the water (and cleaned the carpet at the same time). I would hate to have saltwater on the floor.

Besides, once you get it about half full the wheels are almost useless. It just isn't made for holding water.

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Old 04-01-2003, 02:38 PM   #2
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That's the "wrong" Rubbermaid can to use. The Brute industrial cans have a separate dolly with 5 or 6 wheels, and are easy to use.



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Old 04-01-2003, 02:54 PM   #3
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Jenn,

Where did you find your Brute can? For that matter, I see people with alot of "commercial grade" bins, containers, and huge water containers that aren't widely available at "depot" style stores. Where is this stuff??
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Lowes and HD both usually carry the brute cans as well as the wheel dollies. Sams club also usually has the brute cans as well. You can also get them at restaurant supply places as well as at cleaning supply places (but these places usually charge more money for the same cans). Some of the other containers can also be had at restaurant supply or cleaning supply as well as at specialty "plastics" places. Some of the online vendors also carry the different containers.

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Old 04-01-2003, 03:41 PM   #5
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Some Trash Cans, especially the non-food grade type leeches out phosphate (or so I was told).

However, I could not locate a single one to this day, so I have been using a RM Trash Can from home depot. I did detect small amount of Phosphate in my system and looking forward to take the current Trash Cane out of the picture.

I need to check with syrup company or may be Publix or Kroger to see if they can give me some empty ones.
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My wheels are turning thinking of all the possibilities now. I like those industrial strength tanks and drums. Thanks Chef and Jenn.
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Old 04-01-2003, 11:38 PM   #7
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i have found the best mixing containers are the rubbermaid feeding trofts. they are available at most feed supply stores. i have two of them for ro and salt.
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I got mine at Lowe's and Home Depot. One place had the can cheaper, the other place had the wheels cheaper

Intekhab, before you retire your trash can, test phosphate in your RO product water, and also consider that fish food contains phosphate, and so it might not be the can making the phosphate contribution.

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Old 04-02-2003, 12:33 PM   #9
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I did get two Brute's last night at Home Depot. The can was about 22 and the wheels about 28 or so. So far, they seem very sturdy. When full, they don't look like they are about to burst like the "consumer" version of their containers often do.

BTW, I got the last wheels they had at the HD Vinings location (across from the headquarters), and there are only a few 32g cans left. Most there were consumer versions. I'm glad I knew to look for the Brute version, because I had to really dig to find them.
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Yep that's about what I paid. Wheels cost more than the cans. I use these in the business for maintenances, tank moves - you can put about 100 lbs of LR into them to move, and they are very sturdy. Just keep the wheels dry or they will rust. I've been using mine for over a year and with good "wheel hygeine" they are still going strong, and I do several maintenances along with shop maintenance with them each week.

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Old 04-02-2003, 04:23 PM   #11
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i have found the best mixing containers are the rubbermaid feeding trofts. they are available at most feed supply stores. i have two of them for ro and salt.
I'm ashamed to say I'm from Kentucky, and now I live in Georgia - but I have no idea what a rubbermaid "feeding troft" is. Would you mind sending a picture?

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this is it
http://www.rubbermaid.com/common/ima...HP/4244_sm.jpg
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Old 04-03-2003, 05:57 AM   #13
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this is it
http://www.rubbermaid.com/common/ima...HP/4244_sm.jpg
Holy-moly I've seen those.... but that's not going to fit in my living room. Looks like I'll have to stick to the brute can on wheels.

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Old 04-03-2003, 06:27 AM   #14
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I've got some of those feeding troughs for my live rock curing system -- Curtis, most of us don't have more gallonage than Sea World



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thanks for bringing me back to reality jenn. i just assume everybody thinks a couple 150 gallon feeding trofts look perfectly normal in their living room. part of the sick obsession that has manifested itself over the years.
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