Thien Baffle on the fly project #6: Hanging from the ceiling for drum removal

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Blog entry by Holbs posted 05-29-2014 12:12 AM 1635 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I’ve seen 1001 ways to simply and ones with complexity, to remove the container underneath a Thein Baffle. I went the utilitarian route. Jack Chain! The baffle sits uptop a 55gallon plastic barrel with 1/4” slack on the jack chain. The barrel itself sits 6” off the floor on a shelf that simply flips downward from a horizontal position to a 35degree downard position and will slide right into a drum dolly (gotta get one first). I also figured out I can line the barrel with a 55gallon trash can bag and place a 4’ 2×4 anywhere inside that will hold the plastic down and yet still be easily removable when it comes time to empty. Gotta take pix of that. Simplicity is what I like.

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#1 posted 05-29-2014 09:59 AM

You’re probably not going to have much luck with the bag. It’s likely to get sucked up by the vacuum pressure. I tried myself once.

-- Brian in Wantagh, NY

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#2 posted 05-29-2014 01:45 PM

even with a 2×4 4’ long to hold the bag down?

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#3 posted 05-30-2014 12:45 AM

Nice looking separator!!

You can purchase a plastic bag retainer at Penn State. Or you can take a piece of hog wire fence cut it to fit the circumference and height of your barrel then install your bag and put this piece of fence inside. It will hold the bag open and will hold it down to the bottom. When the bag in full gently lift a shake the retainer, the dust will fall off the fence back into the bag.

-- John, Suffolk Virgina

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#4 posted 05-30-2014 12:50 AM

ooo… retainer fence. that is a good idea too. i’ll see what happens if i just plop down a 4’ piece of 2×4 (easily removed when barrel is 75% full). if that somehow fails, side wall fence will be attempt #2. I did see somewhere of a round ring near the top with 4 1”x48” dowels for retaining.

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#5 posted 07-04-2014 02:06 PM

Alot of folks ask me how I did my lined my 55gallon drum with a trash bag and how I empty it. I best toss some pictures up here for future reference:

2×4 sitting vertically inside the barrel to hold the plastic down and to be easily retrieved when time to empty barrel. 3/4” slitted foam pipe insulation to retain bag and air seal when tophat sits upon top of barrel.

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