Certain local oil companies will no longer fill inside tanks unless you
have proof of age or a certificate from an inspector. They pay giant
premiums for spillage insurance and their insurers give them a discount
for doing this.
It's better because there is an alarm / indicator of some sort
monitoring the space between the tank walls. Inner wall fails, alarm
goes off and the tank is drained and replaced before the outer wall can
I'm with you there Art - I'm pretty sure that I have oil tanks in my
rental houses that are 75+ years old. When we have removed them,
there is a fair amount of sludge in the bottom, but we have never had
a serious issue due to dirt in a tank. These are all in basements,
On Sun, 15 Jul 2007 18:15:00 -0000, firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I only have my own case as an example. House is 28 years old. I've
never done any maintenance to my tank, on legs in my basment. When I
started reading this list, someone brought it up, so I looked at the
bottom of the tank and afaict it loooked the same as 24 years ago.
Because I'm screwed up, and not always on auto delivery, I've run out
of oil at least 4 times (once which I was on auto iirc) and I guess
since the fuel line has no filter, every time I've run out, I've had
to prime the pump again, and I think every or almost every time, I've
had to replace the nozzle (which has a hole so small I can't barely
see the opening and can't see the hole) But most people replace the
nozzle every year anyhow, isn't that right. I found a place that will
sell me nozzles, for times I run out of oil.
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