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Rubbermaid for Substrate

Discussion in 'Substrates/Bedding/Flooring' started by kriminaal, Jun 27, 2011.

  1. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Anyone used one of those large rubbermaid containers like the 151 litre?
    I'm looking at filling a 36"x20"x18" with dirt and just wondering if it will hold up.
     
  2. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Not sure. If you have a Tractor Supply store nearby, a horse feed/water bin might be better and not much more money.
     
  3. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    Yeah a stock tank would work better.
     
  4. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Yes I've looked into those but can't find any under $100.
    I'm only worried about the width perhaps distorting under the weight.
    I guess I'll have to try it in the garage first.
    Maybe if I put a bar through it widthways it would help.
     
  5. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    I found a 35 gallon plastic patio pond for $30 at Home Depot.
     
  6. methos75

    methos75 Elite Member

    Guess the question here is what are they being used for? I use Rubbermaid Tubs and Concrete Mixing Tubs for all my turtles and Tortoises and love them.
     
  7. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    I covered that,lol
    It will be quite heavy. At least 300 lbs likely.
     
  8. MoogleBass

    MoogleBass Kittes are so nice! Premium Member

    You can use it then run a piece of all thread and some washers to hold it together from pulling apart.
     
  9. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Sounds like a good idea.
    That should hold it together.
     
  10. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    I still think you should use the deck pond. If it holds water, it will hold dirt.
     
  11. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Isn't a deck pond circular?
    I need a size that will fit under my enclosure.
    Do you have a link for it?
    I was looking on homedepot but couldn't find anything.

    Okay I found it on the American sight.
    Yea it's too wide as it's circular. Definitely would've worked well otherwise. Looks sturdy.
     
  12. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    I have one, but you'll have to come and get it!

    What about a heavy duty laundry/utility sink used in laundry rooms! Some are made of stainless steel, porcelain, or plastic! Some have legs some don't. Anyways just a thought!
     
  13. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Price of gas, you might as well airfreight it,lol
    I need something 3 to 4ft long and that seems to narrow it down.
     
  14. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Would doubling the sterilite work? Nesting one inside the other?

    Just throwing out ideas trying to help you...
     
  15. mld

    mld Subscribed User Premium Member

    You could always get a metal worker to make you something, or an auto glass place could also make something out of plexiglass!
     
  16. schlegelbagel

    schlegelbagel Frog Lover Premium Member

    knox has a good idea!
     
  17. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    ...and Michele has more money than I do,lol
    Plexiglass would be $$$.
    What can I say, I'm cheap. I need the insides to be cheap as the outside will cost me enough to make it look good. It has to to be "allowed" in the house. ;)
    Until I can get an insulated shed made that is. Oh what a dream.
     
  18. Merlin

    Merlin Administrator Staff Member Premium Member

  19. Knox

    Knox Elite Member

    Now that I think about it, soil is not nearly as heavy or dense as water.

    I am sure that nesting one tote inside the other would give you all the stability you need. Heck, maybe even just one tote would do the job.
     
  20. kriminaal

    kriminaal HH Block Leader Staff Member Premium Member

    Yea I think I'll try one out and see how I like it. If it doesn't work out I can always use the tote for something else.
     

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