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Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 21st, 2017, 12:34 am
by Mike Ward
I guess this is where this belongs.... "All other accessories".....

a couple of 5 gal buckets are standard equipment on my boat - they serve a number of purposes - but currently they primarily are my bait tank filler / emptier as my "Deep water" pump is messed up and I've been too lazy for year now to figure out if its the wire or the pump - and they also serve as short-term holding tanks for big shad when we run between spots when we are using stinger hooks - I don't like to unhook & rehook them, so one goes in the bait tank, and the others go in a bucket - one each - to keep lines from tangling.

I hate the wire handles on these buckets - the little plastic handle thing always breaks off in no time and the wire is a pain on your hands when dealing with a full bucket of water. So, I decided to make up a few buckets with rope handles.

First, I cut off the metal handle - I used a hack-saw and cut close to one end, and then wiggled the other side out to remove both ends.

Then I enlarged the holes that the metal hand went through previously with a 1/2" drill bit. Do NOT drill all the way through the bucket - just through the flange where the metal handle was previously.

I fed a length of 5/8" nylon or poly rope through the whole, and pulled it out the back side slot - its a little tricky and the softer the rope the easier this will be.

Then I threaded on a 1" or so galvanized washer with a 1/2" hole onto the end of the rope.

Heat up the end of the rope with a heat-gun, or I guess you could use a propane torch or something - you want to start melting the end of the rope. Once its' good and hot and the nylon/poly is melting smash the end of the rope onto a concrete block, brick, etc - and push the washer down to the end - apply pressure to the washer - this will "mushroom" and flatten out the rope. You might want to heat it up a second time with the washer in place on the end and apply more pressure just to make sure you have a good flattened out end of the rope that is larger than the 1/2" hole.

Pull the rope back, feeding the washer into the little pocket on the side of the bucket.

Cut the rope to your desired handle length and repeat the procedure above for the other end of the rope.


It took me maybe 20 minutes total to fully transform two new buckets - definitely worth the time - and by using the flange/pocket from the previous metal handle you can still stack the buckets.

I didn't take any pics during the build process, and now that the rope / washer is in the pocket I can't easily pull it back out without going and finding some pliers, but you should get the drift from these pics...

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Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 21st, 2017, 6:14 am
by Mike Werner
I like it!!!

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 21st, 2017, 6:57 am
by Ezell Cox
YES1

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 21st, 2017, 10:53 am
by Shawn McNew
Pretty neato. I might rope handle all my cast net buckets! :lol:

Maybe move this to Tips/Tricks/Techniques.

Also - the handle in the bucket comes out pretty easy without cutting if you know how they're put in. It has a dogleg on the end and you kind of twist it a little to pop it out.

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 21st, 2017, 11:19 am
by JoeWheeler
I do this with a slight twist. I use a 3/8" rope and a 6" piece of 3/8" ID clear PVC tubing as a padded handle. No need to drill the flanges on the buckets. Alide the rope thru the tubing before attaching the rope to the bucket.

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 21st, 2017, 10:20 pm
by Mike Ward
Worked like a charm today in filling the bait tank and doing a water change later - the handle is a bit longer than the metal handle which made it easier to fill and lift - and the thicker / soft rope was a treat on my delicate hands :D

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 22nd, 2017, 1:49 pm
by Hunter Ford
Mike - you should start sellling them for $39 like the Shiti buckets

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 22nd, 2017, 4:24 pm
by Mike Ward
Hunter Ford wrote:
December 22nd, 2017, 1:49 pm
Mike - you should start sellling them for $39 like the Shiti buckets
:mrgreen:

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 22nd, 2017, 5:21 pm
by Troy Roberson
Not sure if you were committed to the rope for some reason but I use Snappy Grip handles for similar reasons. They work like a charm and install in seconds.

http://snappygrip.com/

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: December 22nd, 2017, 5:27 pm
by JamesPedalino
Those snappy grips look nice, but those gamma seal lids, those r the sh!t

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: January 1st, 2018, 12:33 pm
by Troy Roberson
JamesPedalino wrote:
December 22nd, 2017, 5:27 pm
Those snappy grips look nice, but those gamma seal lids, those r the sh!t
You're not kidding James! I have 6 of those gamma seal lids and love them.

Re: Rope handle for bucket

Posted: January 1st, 2018, 2:26 pm
by Mike Ward
I use one of the seal lids for my salt bucket - they are great. Might get some for my cast net buckets as getting the bucket lids open when it’s this cold can sometimes be impossible