05 Jul 2011

Hey here’s a good idea for homeowners

No really, it’s one of those things that, if you haven’t done it already, you’ll smack your head when you read it:

Drill holes in the bottom of your garbage cans/recycling bins so rain can’t collect in them.

That’s it. I did this soon after moving into my house, although after one heavy rainstorm. It’s one of those things that you won’t notice the positive effects so much as you won’t notice the negative ones. Yes. Sentence structure.

For those craving specifics: I think I used a 3/4 inch spade bit on the recycling bins (our town uses 3 gallon buckets for recyclables), one hole dead center; and a 3/8″ or so bit several times on the bottom of the trash can. You shouldn’t be impacting the structural integrity of the can if you drill 2-3 holes spaced out from each other and avoiding any seams.

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