How to Make a 55-Gallon Drum Holder Out of PVC Pipe

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A 55-gallon drum can be stored on a rack until it is needed for a job.
A 55-gallon drum can be stored on a rack until it is needed for a job. (Image: Stockbyte/Stockbyte/Getty Images)

Metal drums are a vital tool for shipping liquids and hazardous materials across roads and oceans. But when the drums are not in use, they need to be stored in a way that does not take up too much space on a loading dock. Standing the drum vertically can make it difficult to find the drum you're looking for. Instead you can build a drum rack, on which you can affix a label noting what this drum is used for.

Things You'll Need

  • PVC pipes, 18 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter (4)
  • PVC pipes, 24 inches in length and 1 inch in diameter (2)
  • PVC pipe, 1 inch in diameter
  • Rubber cement

Set the four pieces of 18-inch PVC pipe horizontally on a flat work surface so that there are two rows of two pieces each. Spread the rows apart so there is about 24 inches of space between them.

Put the 24-inch pieces of pipe on the flat work surface vertically so that each of the 24-inch pieces forms an L-shape with two of the 18-inch pieces from Step 1. Then glue the pieces together into the L-shape with a liberal amount of rubber cement. Allow the cement to dry for 24 hours.

Stand each of the L-shapes on one side; that is, not on their top or bottom. Then move the L-shapes so that they are parallel to one another. Move one of the L-shapes so that it is 34 inches from the other but still parallel.

Place the 34-inch pipe horizontally between the L-shapes formed in the previous steps. Lift the 34-inch pipe up slightly so that it touches the middle bar of each L-shape to form a larger L-shape.

Cement the 34-inch bar into place in this larger L-shape, applying cement liberally at the connecting points. Allow the cement to dry for 24 hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • These instructions are for a rack that holds one empty 55-gallon drum. If you need to make a rack that will hold full drums, use pieces of pipe with larger diameters to help disperse the weight of the full drums.

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