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Old 02-01-2009, 11:07 AM
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How to Pour out of a Rectangular Can!!

I am probably the only idiot that subscribes to this forum that has always had a problem pouring reducer/activator/cleaner/etc. out of those @#%&* rectangular gallon cans with the little screw-off caps. I always ended up making a mess and/or wasting half of it down the side of the can.

However, just in case I am NOT the only dutz on here; below is an obvious (now) tip that I will pass on:

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Its easy you just need to pour with the the longer side of the rectangular can parallel to the ground as you tip the can, and with the opening toward the top of the can NOT at the bottom of the can. This way if you tip the can slowly are can enter the can as you pour and you will not splash stuff everywhere.

It took me a while to figure this out, I would turn the can so the opening was near the bottom of the can, there was not way for air to enter and there was always a glunk, glunk as the reducer spilled out and made a big mess.


"DUH!!!" ; He said as he slapped himself on the forehead.

Next, I going to learn to pour pi** out of a boot with the instructions written on the sole. (old TEXAS joke).

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Old 02-01-2009, 11:32 AM
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you ever go to a resturaunt and they have a brand new glass bottle of ketchup and you cant get any out no matter how much you shake it?
same thing, hold it on its side (not upside down) and shake so air can go in as ketchup comes out
same thing only worse when your hungry
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Old 02-01-2009, 11:36 AM
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Hmmm interesting. I always use a seperate cup and put it right up to the lip of the top and pour. Then add it into whatever I'm mixing. Helps prevent adding too much as well.
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yea it makes sense to turn the can long side down .i have seen some people punch a small hole at far end of the can on the top to help with the air flow also.
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I am probably the only idiot that subscribes to this forum that has always had a problem pouring reducer/activator/cleaner/etc. out of those @#%&* rectangular gallon cans
Are you kidding? I'm 63 years old and have NEVER been able to make a nice clean pour from one of those cans. Thanks for the tip. Can't wait to try it out.

Next up...how to pour out of a one gallon round paint can?????????????
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2 inch tape on gallon can.
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Good grief - and I thought I was the only one that had a clean spot on my bench and one on the floor!!

Usually I take one of those plastic 1 quart mixing cups that the paint stores sell for a half a buck (.69 at Lowe's on Friday) put it right at the spout and pour it out fast. I'll lose only half as much that way then if I just pour into the container

Then - there is that ounce plus of paint in the can cover rim on ANY size of tin that at the current price of auto paint has to be saved. I use a throw away solder flux bush and run it right back in the can - and no, I wont punch holes in that rim - not after getting a face full more then once !!!!

Of course there are the one and five quart oil containers that have a tendency to totally lubricate your engine from the outside...........

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OMG!!

It feels SO GOOD to know that quite a few(?) of us share such common bonds!!

I knew about Shine's suggestion re the 2 inch tape (if it's the one where you make a "V" across the top and pour out the bottom of the "V"?). That works great.

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same with pouring anti-freeze lay it over on its side
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i put the tape on the side and pour over it. all the paint runs back into can ,not down the side.
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i'm 16 and knew how to do that....thats how you pour quart oil properly too unless you use ams oil..then you just gotta pour it..
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