I bet most MOTHER EARTH NEWS readers keep 5-gallon buckets that originally held paint, oil, etc., in an attempt to recycle and reuse. The plastic grips on the handles are uncomfortable, though, and they quickly become brittle and break away. To make a better grip, wrap a piece of old hose around the handle.
To do this, disconnect the wire handle from one side of the bucket, remove (or break off) the old plastic grip, cut a piece of hose to the length you wish, work it onto the wire handle, and then reattach the wire handle to the side of the bucket. This padded handle will be much easier on your hands.