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The Bucket Buddy, yeah or nay? Bucket Buddy with tools

When I first saw one, I thought it was a good idea. But I figured that it was one of those things that you would either like or dislike. And at prices over $10.oo just to find out, I figured I'd rather not pay more than $5.oo for one because from what I saw,finding what you have in the bottom of the bucket could be a bit of a hassle, and that's why I usually used a shorter bucket from a doughnut shop for toting tools around. Another thing I was concerned about was whether I'd loose tools from the side pockets it it where to get knocked over.
      Well, Home Depot had this deal on such a bucket buddy for $6.85, with a free five gallon bucket and I figured that a $1.50 for a clean new bucket now days was a pretty good deal and that mean that the Bucket Buddy ran into the $5.oo mark.
     To keep things short, I'll tell you now, that the Bucket Buddy had its faults, just like I thought it would. For one thing, it gets heavy before you even put something in the bottom of the bucket and this alone proves it to be a little top heavy; therefore its likely to get knocked over and it's too far too the bottom of an already crowded bucket area.
     At first I thought the solution would be to place the bucket buddy on to my shorter bucket, but then the Bucket buddy was about an inch and a quarter too long. So with a little ingenuity,and the desire to help many of you out there, I came up with this Helpful Hint for the Bucket Buddy.

Bucket buddy modification

What I did was measure up from the bottom 7inches and marked it all the way around. (Mark several spots, and then run a strip of tape around for a line.) I used a pilot hole and a jig saw, but anything that can cut a plastic bucket will do. Then I made the fancy cuts in the top portion so that the bottom can slide down through the top portion, (as you can see in the image below.) I brought the height of the bucket down 3 inches from 14.5 to 11.5 inches. I used 3/8 long pop rivets, some popped some just swelled and then trimmed off the nail with trimmers. (File or hit sharp point back in.)

Looking into a shortened bucket buddy
Hey, I can see down inside there!

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Sunday May 13th, 2007: I've been setting the 30 pages for this web-site.

May 15, 2007 this site was uploaded and launched on May 16, 2007.

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On August 19th '07 I checked the listing of my patent application at the CIPO and discovered that it was granted on August 7th.

That equals to about another 30 million.

Pretty Cool I'd say.

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