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RE: Does anyone have a trick for getting a 55 Gal drum out of a pickup?
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Roof Cleaning NJ wrote:

Washed-up wrote:

Ok thats enough guys.

Now here is what you do.

Get another 55 gal drum set it next to the truck, grab an old water hose cut both ends off and drop one end into the SH tank, place the other end of the hose into your mouth and suck til you get the burning sensation and then drop it into the new tank.

Now I hope you understand that I was joking, and I hope you were joking when asking how to get the thing off your truck


I couldn't agree with you more Dwayne, This post is about as stupid as the one where the guy couldn't figure out how to carry his gun up the ladder while yet having both hands on the ladder, and to make matters worse this clown got upset because the moderators closed the thread before he got his answer.

One member suggested that he should stick the gun in his mouth while climbing the ladder, so that his two hands would still be free to do other things

-- Edited by Roof Cleaning NJ on Sunday 5th of September 2010 07:29:55 AM

Hey, how'd we get from a great post, a great educational post, to a post that is so stupid it must be a joke? 


I thought there just might be a few other people out there having to deal with this frequently besides me. Maybe learn a few tips from each other?

As far as my solution? I don't have old tires laying around and I'm not eager about the idea of dropping 600lb drums full of bleach ANY distance on a regular basis. Of course we can pump it, and have. I'd like to find a better, quicker, cleaner, inexpensive way for the long term though.

What I'm looking at is setting a thick eye bolt through a beam in my garage, using a removable chain hoist; or a block and tackle rope hoist to raise the barrel a bit, pull the truck forward, and then lower the drum down safely. Alternatively considering an electric or manual winch + a pulley at the beam. The barrel itself can be chained up using a strapped barrel sling.

These hoists are both $25 through Amazon (can get locally too.) Rated for way more weight than needed. Throw in $50 or so for hardware, locking carabiner (rated), and barrel sling, and presto.
Chain Hoist $25Rope Hoist $25

These winches are $90/$60/$33 at Harbor Freight. All of them are power in/out.
$90 Harbor Freight$60 Harbor Freight


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55s can get you hurt real quick if you're not careful. Definitely a 2 man job when ever possible. Here are a few things we have done over the years:

Platform the same hiegth as the truck. A riding mower ramp. Ratchet straps, block and tackle.

If you don't have to move a full drum don't. Its always best to transfer what you can before hand so that you're not having to deal with so much weight. Work smarter not harder and remember that SH is a hazardous material. Even a small mistake could end up creating a big problem.

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Jerry, for what it's worth - instead of the vac in a situation like that, or whenever you're stuck without a transfer pump or device and need a siphon, just fill the hose with water first.  With the other end in the source tank, uphill, open the end of the hose on the downhill side and let the water out on the ground for just a bit.  Then place that hose end in the tank you're transferring to.

The column of water exiting the hose will develop good velocity to provide the suction on its own.

I started out jigging a transfer siphon up and down on a tank of chem years ago.  Found that water-hose method and saved myself a lot of trouble.

 



-- Edited by Tom Hila on Friday 15th of July 2011 11:04:07 AM

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I use a 5850 for chemical transfer.My chemical company sits a 55er on my trailer then i just transfer in 2 my holding tank on the trailer(16foot dual axle).

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I agree Eric, easy and fast. Onto the job and start cleaning!

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Transfer with a 5850(since i got one now) its the only way and easiest

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That stinks that you can only get SH that way. Bummer.

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Those drums are designed to drop from five feet on its edge full and not burst.



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Roof Cleaning Memphis TN (901) 826-8370 wrote:

Those drums are designed to drop from five feet on its edge full and not burst.


 Hey Rodney;

Can you try that and let us know how it works??confusebiggrin



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Roof Cleaning By A&E wrote:

I use a 5850 for chemical transfer.My chemical company sits a 55er on my trailer then i just transfer in 2 my holding tank on the trailer(16foot dual axle).


 Yep, for a while now.



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Don't over analyze it. The transfer pump method would be the safest and most simplified way to go.



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Harbor freight sell a truck hoist for about 130 bucks, but I read the reviews and they recommend beefing up the area which you install the hoist of the truck

and you can also throw an old tire down on the ground and roll the drum down on it, I once seen a delievery guy throw on down off a high truck like that.



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I get my SH in 5 gal. totes.

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Roof Cleaning Raleigh Durham NC 919-695-2416 wrote:

I get my SH in 5 gal. totes.


 I remember those days, I can't deal with 10 or more 5 gallon totes on my truck anymore lol



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