Measuring oil level in tank? ? ?

Our building has a very old oil tank, which doesn't have a level gauge. The only way we can tell the oil level is to use a six-foot long dip stick.
Is it possible to add a gauge that would give us an easier reading?
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yes....................but what's you're oil consumption & how often do you need to check the level?
How big is the tank? (well somewhere around 6' deep)
Shape? Access? Above ground (basement or outside?) Buried tank?
Can you drain to do the install?
Budget?
Simple to use, cheap to buy, not so cheap to install?
Expensive to buy but cheap to install?
cheers Bob
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It's a standard tank installed circa 1950s, 1000 gallons, and it lies half-buried in a basement garage. I'd say it's six feet long and four feet deep.
We don't want anything fancy, just a gauge which would give us a general idea of when we get down to the last 100 gallons or so of oil.
We can't drain it.
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Ray-
Check these out..they're not expensive BUT not real easy to install on an "in service" tank that cannot be at least partially drained.
http://www.oilrite.com/liquid_level_gages.htm
You'd have to drop the oil level to below the "lower hole" on the gage prior to installation. :(
They are simple to use & very reliable & accurate.
A float gage arrangement installed through an existing threaded fill or access hole is very easy to install (if you have such a hole).
cheers Bob
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Ray wrote:

There are some manually pumped air pressure displacement gauges which only require having to install a piece of small tubing down to near the bottom of the tank. To make a reading you pump on them and note the maximum pressure/level shown on a gauge. The greater the depth of oil which must be displaced, the higher the back pressure before the air starts bubbling out of the bottom of the tube.
Jeff
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I was in the same situation when I bought this house. After a few years using the 'thump and guess' method I asked the fuel oil delivery guy where to get one. He gave me one free. Give your supplier a call, it might work for you.
Harry K
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On Tue, 19 Jun 2007 15:55:44 -0400, "Charles"

They must make them for bigger tanks- but this is what I've seen on the 275s in my experience- A simple float gauge http://cgi.ebay.com/OEM-King-Vertical-Fuel-Tank-Gauge_W0QQitemZ7609939951QQcmdZViewItem
[$27 - and no electronics]
Jim
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The comment, "very old oil tank" would scare me. I would have a professional check it out, and give advice about a new tank.
Tom @ www.FreeWorkAtHomeIdeas.com
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