What Are the Dimensions of a 5-Gallon Pail?

United States Plastic Corporation produces standard 5-gallon pails that are 14.5 inches tall, 11.91 inches in diameter at the top, and 10.33 inches in diameter at the bottom. To make stacking and separating the buckets easier, they are somewhat tapered.

The 5-gallon pails made by United States Plastic Corporation have walls that are roughly.075 inches thick. The high density polyethylene buckets have FDA certification and are made of that material.

5-gallon plastic pails measuring 12 inches in diameter, 14.5 inches high, and 13 inches deep are available at The Home Depot. They are not permitted to hold food. The buckets can be used as a utility pail on construction sites, for carrying or storing objects, or for mixing paint.

Misha Khatri
Misha Khatri is an emeritus professor in the University of Notre Dame's Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry. He graduated from Northern Illinois University with a BSc in Chemistry and Mathematics and a PhD in Physical Analytical Chemistry from the University of Utah.


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