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Grey squirrels attacked my favorite gas jug; Itís the older style and a good one. Squirrels will be disciplined soon so my question is how or can I safely and effectively patch this? Itís plastic.
 
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Are you kidding? Toss it, the jugs are far too inexpensive to try to cobble up a fix and it would be dangerous as well.
 
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Good luck. Not much sticks to that polyethylene plastic.

They nibbled on your gas can. Here they nibble on the corrugated spouts.
 
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Old 09-22-13, 01:18 PM
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Trash it and modify one of the new ones as needed to eliminate the required locks, levers, and such. That's what I did.
 
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Yep, replace. They're cheap.

I'm with gunguy in that I remove all the safety lock stuff as soon as I get one of those home. It's not a big deal that it's there, but it just drives me crazy for some reason.
 
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I loose at least one fuel container a year to animals. They seem to leave the diesel ones alone and go for the gasoline ones for some strange reason. It's just the hazard of leaving them outside. Nozzles & caps can be replaced but the main container is not worth repairing.
 
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See that's the problem. They don't eat the new crappy nozzles that we can't stand.
They eat the old ones that really work well and are not replaceable.
 
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I have a 2-1/2 gallon one that you can have. Only used once but I'm not sure if I still have the cap and spout. Let me know when you want to pick it up.
 
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They don't eat the new crappy nozzles that we can't stand.
What new nozzles???? I have not bought new cans in many years... What changed?

Cant he just take the nozzle off that and put on a new can?
 
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If you have a pencil type soldering iron or a wood burning tool and some weed eater line just weld it, start creating a puddle of melt and then introduce the trimmer line until you cover the hole. Have a good one. Geo
 
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Cant he just take the nozzle off that and put on a new can?
Unfortunately the answer is no I have several craftsman fuel cans and everyone of them is in good shape except for the spouts. The new spouts are a smaller diameter so they won't fit.
The new gas cans are a royal pain to use in their original condition
 
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EZ-Pour is the only decent replacement spout I've found so far.
 
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I still dont know what changed... Guess I am going to wally world to have a look see today.
 
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Now the only thing available are CARB compliant fuel cans and it is one more thing for which we can thank California. The new style cans seem universally hated by everyone except California.

Fuel cans no longer have a separate breather. The breather is incorporated into the filler spout which does not work very well and slows down the rate at which you can dispense fuel. They must also have a spill proof system which on most/all cans means a valve you have to open to dispense fuel.
 
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Thanks Dane.....wow..... an actual effective spout.


In the picture below represents a wide array of spouts
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Type 1,5,6 are the type that squirrels love to chew thru. These are also the most effective type for filling mowers and generators as they bend easily.

Type 2 is useless in filling anything.
Never seen type 4 before.
Type 3 might be useable too.
 
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No, Actually we don't like all the CARB regs. in Ca. either but we don't have much choice with all the save the planet type people running the show there is not much hope in injecting common sense into regulations.
 
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I never used to spill gas until these new stupid tanks. They pour so slowly and some require you to catch a lip and push on the tank, so to fill my big mower with my 5 gallon gas tank, I have to heft the big tank up to the fill neck and hold it there forever, getting fatigued, and often spilling gas as it gurgles and chugs a little at a time.
 
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Ya, I've had to change how I fill up my tractor's gas tank. I used to just insert the gas can snout and do other things while it emptied. Since the new snout requires you to both hold the can and pull back on the snout to release the gas - I bought a big funnel and fuel my tractor without the snout, not as fast as NASCAR but it don't take long
 
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Many thanks to all; got some ideas and thoughts. I like the funnel idea. Iím sure gonna miss my gas jug. Never spilled a drop either dispensing or filling. On second thought I might just try geogrubbs idea as to plastic welding it. My curiosity and nostalgia are pushing me towards that...
 
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Even after disabling the lock and thumb lever on the spout it was a total PITA to use my big can that cost almost $20. Spout looked like #2 in PJs pic. Bad angle for almost any use. I went to the auto parts store and found a piece of rubber hose (think it's actually for heater hoses) that would fit tightly on the spout. Had to find a smaller piece that would fit both the hose on the spout and open the flapper on a vehicle. Drilled a small hole in the back of the handle to provide a vent. Almost works as well as those "unsafe and bad" cans that used to cost less than $10. Probably not safe and against "code" but is only used occasionally. You do what you have to do....
 
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There is also a video online that shows how you can drill a hole (where the vent used to be located) with a step drill and install a tire valve stem with the valve core removed creating a vent. It really speeds up the flow of fuel even through a CARB nozzle. You just drill the hole and install the valve stem about like you would in a rim.
 
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valve stem

don't forget you need to remove the valve core

What gets me is the fact the gov't decided to fix something that wasn't broke
 
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