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salvaging 5 gallon pails w/ calcium solidified

Discussion in 'Residential Snow Removal' started by hotwired, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. hotwired

    hotwired Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    Hi there
    I didn't see an appropriate forum to post this in, so hope this one's ok.

    Sometimes I leave a bucket of calcium in the wrong place, and because it "attracts moisture" it becomes wet, then solidifies and swells just a bit so it won't come out of the pail. I have tried sledge hammers, even an AK47, and that stuff is bullet proof! Does anyone know of a way to get this stuff out of the bucket so they can be re used? Not a big deal, only a bucket, but otherwise I have a 50 lb weight to dispose of ...
    Thanks all!
     
  2. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    Chip it out. Or hose it out with water
     
  3. hotwired

    hotwired Junior Member
    Messages: 2

    hose and pick

    full sized pick axe with eye protection....harder than cement. left out in rain all summer....no change. this stuff is harder and more impervious than any cement based product I've used for walls, patios, etc. That sounds insane, but I'm telling you, I can swing a pick and was not able to make much of a dent at full power swing....

    They are useful as targets !!
     
  4. dieselss

    dieselss PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,924

    Hummmm. Well then. I would play taps and salute the bucket as it goes slowly into the garbage
    Side note the do sell buckets with screw on lids