Garbage can lid holder
Keeps the lid of garbage cans open
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So, I screwed into the lid of each can a pot magnet with threaded stem. On the bottom of the lid the pot magnet is held by a screw nut.
Under the beam of the shelter I attached an old metal strip as counterpart for the magnets. Now, you can just lift the lid and the magnet snaps onto the metal and keeps it open.
The magnet attaches pretty well to the metal strip, but since the garbage can comes in and out of the shelter often, a flattened steel bar might work even better. This way, the can wouldn't have to be placed exactly under the thin metal strip.
Note: That's what the magnets look like after a year of outdoor use. It would be better to seal them with a shock-resistant varnish before you screw them on.
Note from the supermagnete team: Officially, we discourage using neodymium magnets outdoors, because it damages them. See Oxidation, corrosion, rust. You'll have to replace the pot magnets periodically.
As an alternative you will find some pot magnets made of ferrite linked below, which are completely waterproof, but have a lower holding force.
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