Gamma Seal Lids are specially designed to fit the top of a typical 5 gallon plastic bucket (actually they will fit most 3.5 gallon, 4 gallon, 5 gallon and 6 gallon buckets due to a standard diameter).
They make for easy-on, easy-off lid because they simply screw-on and screw-off (spin).
Gamma seal lids convert 5 gallon plastic buckets into airtight storage containers with easy access – of which the benefits and uses are numerous.
Are they worth the money? I think so, for some things…
There are uses where it’s so convenient that it’s worth the money (list below).
If you seal a bucket with the standard snap-on lid, it becomes very difficult to remove and is certainly NOT convenient for accessing its contents from time to time.
Tip: For standard lids, you need a special tool (bucket lid wrench / pail opener)
How To Put On A Gamma Seal Lid
The outer ring “snaps” to the top of the bucket with the help of a rubber mallet.
First remove the inner threaded lid from the ring.
Place the bucket on a solid surface and strike the ring hard enough to seat it.
Work your way around the ring until it all ‘snaps’ in place.
Then, simply spin on the detachable lid.
Tip: Before installing the snap-on ring, be sure there’s a gasket (O-ring) seated inside. This is what provides the main bucket-to-lid air-tight seal. Also be sure there’s an O-ring around the perimeter of the spin on/off lid. This provides the air-tight seal of the removable lid.
Gamma Seal Lid Features
Air tight (rubber gaskets)
Easy and Fast to open (spin on/off)
Variety of colors may assist inventory control
Stack-able to an extent
Re-sealed over and over again
Protects contents while easy access
Keeps foods fresher longer
Leak proof (two gaskets)
Keeps insects and moisture out
BPA free and Food Grade safe
The Many Uses For A Gamma Seal Lid
Dry pet food storage
‘Working’ inventory storage of dry foods (rice, wheat, etc..)
Camping and Fishing gear
Bulk Laundry Detergents (larger sizes save you money)
Potting/Planting Soil Mix
Boating (keep towels dry, part spares, etc.)
100’s of other uses!
Tip: With Gamma Seal Lids, avoid stacking buckets too high if the contents are heavy. This puts additional stress on the threaded lids. A typical 5 gallon pail of rice or wheat weighs about 30 pounds. If you stack them more than two high I would simply place a board between each one so the weight is transferred to the bucket’s edge (no problem).
Tip: To extend longevity and pliability of the rubber O-ring gaskets, DO NOT use petroleum jelly or petroleum based lubricants because this will eventually ruin (eat) the rubber. Instead use a silicone lube such as silicone plumbers grease:
Gamma Seal Lids are available from a number of sources, and their prices vary by quantity.
What about you? Do any of you use Gamma Seal Lids?
Like I said earlier, we like them for our working inventory of dry goods and others that we access from time to time. Easy in, easy spin.
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