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#1 ggsteve OFFLINE  

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 09:51 AM

I don't really know how, but over the past 30 years I have collected a number of old gas cans that I am afraid to use. I still have my two main 5 gal cans, my Poulan chainsaw fuel and my Stihl chainsaw fuel. Then I have all these cans that seemed to reproduce under the kitchen deck. Some have a little gas in them, or gas and maybe some water, I'm really not sure. What would you do with these half dozen or so "orphan" gas cans and what is in them?

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 10:02 AM

Where I live you just drop them off at the land fill.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 10:52 AM

Leave one or two of them at a time within view of the road they'll disappear real quick! Mine did!

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 01:10 PM

Leave one or two of them at a time within view of the road they'll disappear real quick! Mine did!


Make sure they're at least half full. Of water. :smilewink:
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 02:02 PM

Stuff like that we empty into one container and mix with old oil until it no longer smells like gas. Then we use that to light brush fires, bonfires, etc.

The cans, if they don't leak, just put them on craigslist. All for one money. Someone will want them.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 03:55 PM

I have a friend who make a living picking up scrap metal. Stuff like that I just collect and put in a pile and call him. Anything in them he takes care of.

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Posted October 07, 2012 - 05:46 PM

Make sure they're at least half full. Of water. :smilewink:


I had a thief stealing gas cans a year or two ago, so I filled with a little of gas and the rest water. That stopped it.
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Posted October 07, 2012 - 08:32 PM

Send them to California, and let them vote on what to do with them.
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Posted October 11, 2012 - 09:20 PM

Put them on Craigslists free section.

Somebody, somewhere will want them.

Around my way, if they are empty the trash man will take em, they take just about anything in my town.

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Posted October 11, 2012 - 11:58 PM

FWIW, I WAS going to cut mine in half and make a nice heavy duty oil drain pan until I found it wouldn't lie still on it's side. Too rounded and unstable for an already unstable operation like changing oil. It's headed for the trash man.

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Posted October 17, 2012 - 09:24 PM

I would scrap them.Just make sure they are empty before you do.

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 06:38 AM

I generally fill them with old oil or used turpentine/mineral spirits and take them to the recycler. Just label them with a sharpie so you know what's in them.

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Posted October 18, 2012 - 04:16 PM

FWIW, I WAS going to cut mine in half and make a nice heavy duty oil drain pan until I found it wouldn't lie still on it's side. Too rounded and unstable for an already unstable operation like changing oil. It's headed for the trash man.


Why not find some stick on feet to put on it to steady things up.

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Posted October 20, 2012 - 06:40 PM

Why not find some stick on feet to put on it to steady things up.


I'm lazy! I'll just go back to my sawed off cat litter pails.:D

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Posted November 08, 2012 - 07:21 PM

make some yard art out of them the way they do with old car parts




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