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can you use these drums for garden watering once it is clean?? Answered

I have a 55 gal metal drum with a lining that had motor oil in it.  I wanted to use it for watering the garden if it can be  cleaned. does anyone have any ideas?  Thks, mary ann

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seandogue

4 years ago

Wash it thoroughly using degreasers and it should be fine. As others have noted, a metal container will eventually rust.

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Jordan Hill

4 years ago

You can get those drums that are made out of plastic. They would be great for what you need and they wont rust obviously.

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rickharris

4 years ago

If the drum is metal build a fire inside it and get it red hot. That should clear any lingering oil residue from it. (at your own risk of course.)

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Downunder35mrickharris

Answer 4 years ago

And after a few weeks of usage the drum is rusted through....
;)

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rickharrisDownunder35m

Answer 4 years ago

Secondary problem! I only answered the first question.

You could always paint it after.

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rickharrisrickharris

Answer 4 years ago

Please don't do this with a sealed drum will you!

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cerberustugowar

4 years ago

maybe if you go to a scrap metal dealer, you might be able to find a different barrel there that had a non toxic substance in it and exchange them? offer them a few extra dollars and maybe they will do it.

You might be able to hunt down one of the blue or white plastic barrels as well?

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Downunder35m

4 years ago

Personally I would not use anything that had mineral oil in it.
It is next to impossible to fully clean them so the stink and the chemicals are gone.
If you check around you can get these caged 1000L containers quite cheap.
Just check what was in it, usually where they sell them second hand you only get them if there was nothing harmful in it to start with.

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goldnyrDownunder35m

Answer 4 years ago

thank you for you reply.....I honestly was worried about getting out the chemicals.thks for the advice