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Blackwall Water Butt

Hi everyone,

We bought a couple of water butts through our council when we first moved in. They're not yet connected up as we don't have a down pipe but I wanted to fill them with water to leave standing so that I can then top up the pond. The slight issue is that I can't figure out how to remove the lid at all. It's a Blackwall water butt - the same as the one pictured in the link:

I've tried turning it all kinds of amounts to see if there's a locking section but I can't find anything like that at all. I just thought I'd post on here on the off chance anyone might have one themselves and know the trick.

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  • Simon69Simon69 Posts: 68

    Sorry Lucid but I couldn’t resist.

    Under features it does say child safe locking lid.

    Just looks like you are going to have to wait a while………….

  • LucidLucid Posts: 385

    Thanks Simon69! image

    Yes it certainly is completely child and adult proof. It seems it's a common complaint of it that the lid is very tough to remove once it's on, but I can't find a solution of how to remove it.

    Lucid image

  • BLTBLT Posts: 525

    Excuse me laughing only I have had one for 2 years.. I luckily have never been able to fit the lid on ! I rest the lid on and placed a brick on top to stop the wind blowing it off.. Daft usn't it but its worked for me.. I am sight impaired and a lot of things either do not fit or I cannot see to fit them on...

    Last edited: 24 May 2016 09:41:53

  • plant pauperplant pauper Posts: 6,902

    What you need is an eight year old. They'd get it off in a flash and then look at you pityingly!

  • There are three slits in the rim of the lid. For each slot in turn, get a flat bladed screwdriver and gently lever the slot in the lid towards the centre of the butt.This will allow the plastic to deform so that the hook on the end of the slot moves far enough out of the way for the lid to be raised slightly.

    Once you have done all three, you will be able to lift off the lid.

    To refit, place the lid flat on the butt and lever the slot with the screwdriver until the hook slips under the lip of the top of the waterbutt.

    Don't be too brutal with it though as the hooks can break off.

  • KT53KT53 Posts: 8,462

    Probably a good idea to do it whilst we still have the hot weather.  The top and the hooks are more likely to bend than snap.

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,935

    Just realised how old the original  post Is!  I wonder if Lucid has succeeded?

  • Sorry. My bad. I'm so old I forgot what year we were in image

  • AnniDAnniD Posts: 11,935

    No worries, I'm the same image

  • LucidLucid Posts: 385

    We did manage to get one of the lids off after some struggles. We don't currently have our water butts set up as we have no downpipe, so I'll definitely keep the information from Jonny handy for when we finally get them set up properly and need to clean out etc.

    Lucid :)

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