Removing Fuel Oil Tank???

Old 02-21-02, 06:26 PM
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Removing Fuel Oil Tank???

What's the safest and most efficient way to remove an old fuel oil tank from a basement. It hasn't been used in decades, is empty (some residue in bottom), and unfortunately won't fit up the stairs and out the door without being cut up.

Any help is appreciated
Old 02-22-02, 04:13 AM
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The first stop would be to talk to your local building department and/or local fire marshall. They may have some say about the removal of the tank.
Old 02-22-02, 05:33 AM
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Removing a tank involves the following steps.

1) Emptying it. Is there any fuel oil left inside the tank ?
If there is, it must be disposed of legally, or else you will get a hefty fine. Most cities have waste disposal collection facilities for small amounts of hazard materials like paint, presciption drugs, solvents, cleaning fluids, etc. Contact them first to see if they would accept any old fuel oil. If they do not accept fuel oil, try asking a local gas station, if they could dispose of your fuel oil for free or a small fee.

2) Cutting up the tank is pretty simple. Pierce the tank with a 3/8" drill bit to make an entry point for your saw and cut it up into several sections with a regular jig saw. If there is a small amount of fuel oil left, I would not worry. Fuel oil has a very high flash point and will not be ignited by any stray sparks from the jig saw blade.

Good Luck


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Old 02-22-02, 02:41 PM
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Thanks for the help. It's empty and soon to be out of my basement!!!

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