The Best DIY Rolling Handy-Bucket

So my wife, kid, and I enjoy taking our dogs on walks, and after one afternoon volunteering to pick up trash with a local group I had an idea… The idea was simple, when we take family walks, lets pick up trash! My morality was raised and the 3 year-old loved it. This project was born from my lack of desire to hold the trash once it was picked up, and it continued to evolve. One of the additional features added was the ability to connect a plastic store bag to pick up the land mines(poop) our dogs were nice enough to leave.

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Supplies

Tools,

Some of the above supplies may not be pictured, as usual, many of the projects are developed with what I can find on hand. I encourage you to employ this tactic and see what comes out!

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Build is Simple,

First step is to disassemble the rolling suitcase. We only care about the extendable handles and the wheels. These will be attached to the side and bottom of the bucket.

Depending on what the wheels from your donor suitcase looks like, will determine how you may want to attachment. I utilized the housing from the wheels to fit into holes cut into the bucket with the dremel. This required quite a bit of fitting/carving – repeat until there’s a nice fit, but be sure to leave some extra surfaces attached to the housing to secure the wheels to the bucket. See example attachement method below,

Finally, trim off a bit of material on the edge of the bucket between the two wheels. This will increase ground clearance and prevent dragging.

On the handle salvaged from this suitcase, there were no screw holes except for two holes at the bottom of each pole. I placed two small M3 screws in each pole through a hole drilled in the bucket just above the wheels.

Next, secure each pole to the side of the bucket using Gorilla tape – Use whatever tape you want, as long as its strong with powerful adhesive. After wrapping the the poles, secure a long piece of tape across the top of the bucket to secure the top end of the poles to the bucket.

If desired, locate a suitable location to attach your dog waste bad dispenser. I happened to have a very convenient location on the handle.

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Add a Poop Bag Holder

We have two large dogs, one 145 lbs and the other 73 lbs, and they leave comparably large piles of poop all over the yard. I’d hate to put this in my nice shiny bucket, so I added a bag, but then the bag fell… So lets add two upside down hooks to grab onto the bag handles – Perfect!

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One More Important Note

See those black peices of Gorilla tape in this picture? Those are important… The original version held the bag wonderfully, but a minor oversight of the screws used to attach the hooks tore large holes in the bag – completely emptying it and defeating the purpose. Using the dremel, I ground down the screws and covered the ends – now its perfect!

This challenge is also the reason why I recommend Command Hooks to avoid this issue completely.


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