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Roadrunner000

Source For The Plastic Used For Jol / Pumpkin Candy Buckets Handles

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I've been trying to find a source for the thin black plastic band that was commonly used for pumpkin handles(flat style)...I may have found the rivets that were used for the older ones but can't seem to find the plastic...doesn't look like its changed much since the early years..Anyone know a good source for this..I've seen similar stuff sold in rolls but not quite the same..

I have a few older pumpkins I was just messing around with and thought it would be cool to see if those pesky broken handles could be fixed...There seems to be two basic styles of that plastic that was used..the riveted style plastic and a slightly more flexible shinier piece used on some that that simple fit over exterior notches on the pumpkin..this isn't as common but they are out there and I have some in my collection..

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Figured I'd bump this myself since I got no response...I ended up doing some digging and contacted General Foam.

My first mission was to obtain the current style plastic handles they have been using for quite some time....they are the thinner style that have the little notch that pops into the small hole on each side..they are nice because they can be removed say from one of there cheaper blowmolds and used to replace a missing or broke one an older more collectable one from earlier years. General foam does have these and if you contact customer service with a model number they will sell them to you in pretty much any quantity....shipping was kind of expensive so I ordered around 50 of them if anyone wants one PM me as I'll be glad to help out anyone who needs one. I'll post picture of one when they get here.

Now my second mission is to find the older style plastic flat handles that were usually riveted to the candy pail. I also inquired to General Foam about these and the lady was really nice and checked with the warehouse and they verified that what they did was exhaust all the stock they had of that style and then transitioned over to the newer style handles you see that I mentioned above. They pretty much have anything available for the current stuff you see in there catalog..unfortunately none of the blow mold candy pails use that style handle anymore so they aren't producing that style plastic in the factory.

As luck would have it I have a friend who has had some other style plastics produced for other uses and he offered to have a sample of what I want copied and produced...typically you have to purchase around a 1000ft of the material...so if you used around 1ft per handle that is a lot of replaced handles...so would anyone be interested in any of this is I have it made...I will likely do it no matter what just to go through process...but helps if I know others might want some of this to use for themselves to repair older style pail handles.

I'm still trying to verify the style rivet best used..but the style they typically used on most was called a scored setting which opens like a flower when used to provide more strength..typically I've seen these on various manufactures including bayshore, empire, and general foam.

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Are you repairing instead of replacing for a reason? If you have a Target store near you, they have their pumpkin trick or treat buckets for .10 each. A few years back I bought 85 for $8.50 and gave them to the kids at our party. Kathy stacked some and wrapped them with garland to use as decorations at school and I thought about punching a hole in the bottom and making an arch with lights.

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Normally they sell for a 1.00 before xmas and your right you could just take the handles from those but then I'd have a bunch of JOL's with no handles..I guess you could give them away....other issue is the local Targets here pretty much sold all of there stuff...In this area the after Halloween sales almost always clean these places out of most stock and then they put what is left away for next year...so I just decided to do a bulk buy of the handles. I'm not really repairing these I'm replacing the ones I have with missing handles with new ones...keeping in mind the pumpkin your talking about isn't the only model that used this strap..they have been using this style for a while so I'm more concerned with using the straps to replace on older more vintage ones that are missing or broke.

Now the older style ones with the straps that break...or are missing I am replacing or repairing back to their original condition..this requires more work to track down proper size rivets with proper mounting tool and having to have the original plastic handles copies to exact specs...which I buddy of mine has done with other stuff so this is pretty simply project to get done..just requires a bulk buy so I'll have a lot of older style strap left over when I'm done so wondering if anyone had older ones they might want to repair with new one that matches the older style.

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