How to separate plastic planters?

by Clipper

I have a stack of heavy duty plastic planters which have become stuck within each other. Anybody have a relatively easy and safe way for me to separate them from one another without any damage?

  5 answers
  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Feb 13, 2019

    Try pouring oil (vegetable, baby, mineral) down and let sit. Then twist and take apart.

    • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Feb 13, 2019

      The other option is to put them in the sun and see if the heat makes them more pliable so you can twist them and lift them apart.....lots of luck

  • Janice Janice on Feb 13, 2019

    Roll them over on their sides so the weight from the top ones isn't an issue. Roll them around a bit and flex each one to disengage from the others adjacent. Then start from the top or bottom and gently remove from the stack. A bit of work but don't let gravity work against you by trying to pull them apart when upright.

    • Clipper Clipper on Feb 13, 2019

      I will try this as well! They are pretty jammed, but maybe.....

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on Feb 13, 2019

    don't suggest using any objects to pry them apart you'll cut or crack them. use hot water & lots of liquid soap then do as Janice suggested pots on sides

    • Clipper Clipper on Feb 13, 2019

      Thanks for the suggestion. I'm going to try everything until thry are separated!

  • Valleycat1 Valleycat1 on Feb 13, 2019

    Try icing the innermost one and hot water on the outer. Or you might be able to spray a lubricant like wd40 between the sides to they will slip apart.

  • Clipper Clipper on Feb 13, 2019

    Tried the WD40 with no luck. Going o try all other suggestions including the hot-cold water. Thanks.