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Posted September 10, 2014 - 08:53 PM

I decided it was time to remove my underground fuel oil tank that has been there since 1974 when my house was built. I've been putting it off for way too long.
1st I had to relocate my central AC unit that the previous owner had installed on top of it.

This am a friend & I hand dug all the way around the tank about 2/3's the way down. I disconnected the fuel lines ( going in through the top ) then we pumped out the 125 gallons or so of fuel oil into an old but clean tank I've had for years.

Once empty I hooked a chain to the tank and then to the trailer ball mounted on my loaded for lifting stuff, it wouldn't budge !! So I got a long 4x4 to break it free, the dirt on the bottom 1/3 was holding it, but the 4x4 worked.
Hooked it back to the loader and out it came very easily.

Once out I cut it in half and dumped 2 bags of oil dry inside to soak up the remaining oil and about 2" of sludge. ImageUploadedByTapatalk1410400093.476124.jpg

Mixed it all up then shoveled it out when it dried up into 4 super duty plastic bags.

Scrapped it clean then cut it up into small pieces.
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I was very surprised to see the inside was in very good shape and there wasn't any signs of leakage at all.

Next step is to pour a concrete slab and install the like new tank I bought last year on Craigslist.

I'll be very glad when it's all said and done, and my homeowners cost will go way down. It went way up a few years ago because of the underground tank.
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Posted September 10, 2014 - 09:21 PM

Good job! Loaders are sure nice for making heavy work easier. Thank you for the photos!
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Posted September 10, 2014 - 09:29 PM

Didn't sneak a 1886 into a pic to torture me. Thank you.
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Posted September 10, 2014 - 10:18 PM

Didn't sneak a 1886 into a pic to torture me. Thank you.


No, but I noticed that you're admiring those lady bug mowers. I can mail you one of those. Wouldn't take but a few first class stamps to get it there.
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Posted September 11, 2014 - 04:51 AM

Looks like a fun day to me!


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 06:01 AM

Sure is handy having a loader! How did you cut that tank up into itty bitty pieces like that? Looks like a lot of work.


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 08:46 AM

Sure is handy having a loader! How did you cut that tank up into itty bitty pieces like that? Looks like a lot of work.


Sawzall & 8 blades, went pretty quick.

As long as I'm living in a house I'll own a loader of some sort, I use it often. Makes things easier for sure.
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Posted September 11, 2014 - 11:08 AM

Nice pictures and great job. It is surprising how much those loaders will lift. I really like mine.



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Posted September 11, 2014 - 11:12 AM

How did you dispose of the sludge and kitty litter? If a filling station did that removal, a hazmat team would be all over them.


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 11:42 AM

How did you dispose of the sludge and kitty litter? If a filling station did that removal, a hazmat team would be all over them.


He's a contractor in NJ, don't ask questions. Wanna meet Rocko and Vinny?
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Posted September 11, 2014 - 04:16 PM

:biting_nails: Sorry Ken. Really! If you want, I can take care of that waste for you.


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 05:13 PM

Good thing you got it out before it started leaking. A leaking UG tank in NY and you got big problems. I also agree that a tractor without a loader is just a useless lawn ornament. Good job done Ken.


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 05:17 PM

He's a contractor in NJ, don't ask questions. Wanna meet Rocko and Vinny?

 

A true Handyman never discusses where, why or how he "Disposes" of his  waste :D


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Posted September 11, 2014 - 05:26 PM

How did you dispose of the sludge and kitty litter? If a filling station did that removal, a hazmat team would be all over them.


I gave it to a friend who works for the county, it was taken to the county recycling center, then It gets burnt at the trash to steam plant in the lovely city of Camden.

Or I tossed it into the pond down the street. The ducks only has a light sheen of oil on them, they will be fine. : )
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Posted September 12, 2014 - 05:34 PM

Ready for the new tank slab. Might be a bit overkill, 6" thick with 1/2"rebar & mesh.

20 - 80 lb bags of high strength concrete mix. I'm borrowing a mixer in the am and hopefully get it poured before the rain comes.




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