Asked on Dec 6, 2017
Getting stacks of metal storage bins apart: HELP!
I got a great deal on Spectrum's Macklin storage bins ($5 each!) and bought twelve to put in two cube storage organizers. They'll look great for kitchen storage IMO.
My problem is that they came stuck together--probably sitting that way for a year or two and, like the common plastic basket quandary, they just won't come unstuck.
I've been looking for a good way to easily unstick them without messing up the finish (at least on the front); we were able to unwedge one using a screwdriver and muscle power. But it did mark the item up. And the one post I could find online basically said that WD-40 worked, but it took hours to get the baskets apart and they ended up pretty marred.
A lot of people talk about using hot to expand and cold to constrict with plastic and/or metal kitchen pots and the like. I'm wondering whether I could stick each stack at a very low temp in the oven for a few minutes and then stick them in cold water (or vice versa)?
I called Spectrum and they were totally unhelpful, except to confirm that they are powder-coated--so to the best of my understanding, they'd be fine at a low temp for a bit.
Has anyone ever had a similar experience, or have any ideas whether this would work or if something similar would work?
Photos below show what I'm dealing with, from two angles. Thank you in advance for your help; really don't know what to do!