Thanks for reading this.
I'm restoring my hardwood flooring and having to pull of the old carpet,
padding, and plywood from the original hardwood pine floors.
In doing so, we found an old oil burning heater's oil tank under the
living room floor. It's mounted in a tin box under the floor and as far
as I can tell only held in by two 6" tin trunk lines running off under
Can I just take a recip saw with a metal blade and cut the tin trunk
lines and pull the thing out of the hole?
It looks about 30 to 40 years old so I doubt very seriously if it has
been used in the last 20 years or so.
What do you think? Sound doable???
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There is no basement or other access to this tank? Sounds like this
tank was just stuck in a hole in the ground lined with tin. Pretty
You should assume there is still something in the tank, as they are
not made to pull the oil out of the very bottom of the tank. (Crud
builds up in the tank.) Eventually, the tank will leak, if it has not
done so already.
If the tank has not leaked, you could have it emptied and removed. Or
have it emptied and filled with pea gravel along with the hole.
If the has leaked ... check if your home insurance covers remediation
of environmental issues. There is a possibility you should be
compensated by the sellers of the home (and maybe the sales agent). In
some jurisdictions, they are required to tell you about a buried oil
Hello: Thanks for all the replys.
If it is just an expansion tank as HeatMan suggests, can I just cut it
out and pull it out of the floor? I assume it would not be dangerous to
saw, blowtorch, weld or anything else on a water container.
Because of the 2 6" pipes connected to the tank, I believe HeatMan is
right on. I'll open the tank tonight and smell. If I don't smell any
fumes, I'll probably just go ahead and put the sazall to it.
If you don't hear from me tommorrow, you'll know it was a bad idea!
Let's hope not.....
Richard Holliingsworth wrote:
Yes!!! It is an expansion tank. No fuel smell at all. AND......it was
barely attached. I just moved it a little and it came right off of the
6" trunk lines and was totally free. I'll pull it out tonight and carry
Thanks to HeatMan for the help.....
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