On Sat, 3 Dec 2011 02:36:32 +0000 (UTC), worker bee
Back in the 60's my parents house was in a suberb of a large city, and
there were several gas stations located 3 and more blocks away. All
the homes were located downhill from these gas stations. Everyone in
the neighborhood began smelling gasoline in their basements and the
fire dept was called. It was determined there was a leaking
underground gas tank at one of the stations. My parents only had a
floor drain in the basement, connected to the city sewers. Other
houses in the neighborhood has sump pumps. ALL of them were getting
gasoline vapors in the houses. Seems the homes near the bottom of the
hill were getting it the worst.
The gas station was shut down and had to dig up the tank immediately,
the fire dept was overloaded with trying to put fans in the homes with
the worst vapors and telling the others to leave basement windows
opened (fortunately it occurred during the warm weather season).
This could have been a real disaster.
I'll go on to mention that about 10 to 15 years later, as regulations
got tougher, that gas station was town down and the entire lot, plus
some neighboring land was dug up to a depth of 30 or 40 feet, to
remove all the contaminated soil. Then it was refilled with clean
soil. I was told that the contaminated soil was hauled to a place
where they burn this soil in some sort of furnace before they use it
as fill somewhere else.
Years ago, I had house that backed up to a drainage easment (i.e., an open
ditch). As it turned out, I owned both side of the easment (ditch). The
easment was lined with rip-rap. When I got the house, the neighbor behind me
routinely weed wacked the ditch. I decided that I wanted to plant trees to
shade out the easment. So, I bought a buch of trees and planted them on both
sides of the ditch. Of course this meant the guy had to stop weed wacking
the ditch. Meanwhile, I also fenced in my backyard, The fenced in area did
not include the ditch. I got all the proper permits for the fence. As it
turns out, the house next to me on one side was very close to my property
line and in fact most of their "backyard" was actually my backyard becasue
of the way their house was located on the property (it was corner lot and
the house was angled to face the intersection and pushed way back on the
lot). So, once I built the fence, they essentially had no backyard. Shorthly
after building the fence, I got a letter from the city telling me I had to
clean up the ditch, or they would do it for me and charge me $300. I
immeadiately called down and asked for an explanation. They said they had a
complaint. I asked under what ordinance they were threatening me. They sent
me a book with the infomration. It was clear I was not in violation (wooded
areas, flood plains and drainage easements were specifically exempt from the
particular ordinace cited). I expalined this to the burecrat in charge. They
said it didn't matter and that if I didn't want to have them clean it up, I
would need to present my case to the city council. I said no problem, I'd be
happy to. The fact was, this same drainage easment (ditch) went throughout
the sub-division and only one hudred yards or so wasn't wooded. I was just
updating my portion to be a wooded area. I assumed that I would be notified
when I needed to appears and that I would have time to prepare my case. Ha!
I was called the next day and said I need to come to the council meeting
that night. I complained that I need time to prepare my slides (I planned to
present the ordinates on a slide, with the exemptions and pictures of the
easement in other parts of the sub-division.). Finally a somewhat friendlier
bureacrat said she would remove my name from the council schedule and round
file the complaint. As long as they didn't get another call, I was OK.
Apparently they never did get another call becasue I never had to do
anything. If you go by that house today, It has a nice wooded area in the
rear with a variety of interesting trees that looks a heck of a lot better
than a rock lined ditch.
My guess is that it could be anyone that lives near you doing this.
Just be glad the person or persons responsible ain't doing anything
really awful. Maybe they're just interested in the safety of your
neighborhood. This seems reasonable and responsible to me. Forget
All the private residence complaints seem reasonable given those
assumptions, except, perhaps, the hazmat leak complaint.
1) Fire Marshall (regulates containers larger than 60 gallons)
2) Zoning (prohibits structures closer than 6 feet to the property line)
3) Building (regulates structures greater than 120 square feet)
4) Hazmat (prohibits leakage but otherwise does not regulate gasoline)
5) CARB (regulates organic tanks larger than 260 gallons)
I've sufficiently thought it over and won't do anything more about it.
Here is the process if anyone wishes to follow in my footsteps:
1. Starting with a full 55-gallon drum & full vehicles
2. I fuel the two cars & other engines for about one to two months
3. At some point, the fuel tank is low so I need a gas station trip
4. I fill both the vehicle tank & I replenish the 5-gallon containers
5. I siphon the fuel from the 5-gallon container into the 55-gallon drum
6. And I go back to step 2 above.
Here are the costs comparisons:
a) The cost for the equipment was about $500
b) The savings per drum vary greatly (let's average to $.10/gallon)
c) That's only a savings of $5 per drum (ie cost can't be the key reason)
d) However, the equipment does pay for itself over about 17 years
$5/2months = $30/year = $500/17 years
These cost comparisons are only rough estimates.
Sometimes I fill up more frequently & other times I can take advantage of
price fluctuations, both of which lower the payback period. However,
often, I am the victim of price fluctuations (like when I needed to
refuel when gas was $4.35/gallon). What I often do in those cases is fill
up 'just' the vehicle, until prices drop back to reasonable levels.
All in all, I can't justify this on savings alone.
The biggest benefit is my wife loves me for it.
In fact, she hasn't been to a gas station in years, and even I have
started to enjoy the inherent convenience of filling up at home.
Heck, I'd like it too if you filled up my tank for me. As it goes, I
have to fill up the tank for my wife. She ain't gonna do it. I get in
the car and that gas pump light is lit. I hate that! Hopefully, I'll
drop dead soon and then she'll have to gas the damn car up herself. Then
we'll see who gets the last laff. Well, technically I guess she will
because I'll be dead but you know what I mean...
I hear that's rough on the fuel pump.
My wife, like yours, hates going to the pump so badly, half the time she
does full serve (if she can find it) or she goes to the well lit gas
station on the busy corner right next to the highway.
Since I only fill up once every couple of months, I can afford to go to
gasbuddy.com to pick which station is cheapest every two months.
I figure I easily save 10 cents a gallon over what she would pay, and
sometimes more. However, savings alone aren't enough reason to do this as
the equipment would take more than a decade to pay for itself at that
rate, assuming it doesn't depreciate appreciably
In the end, if you're gonna gas up at home, you just have be satisfied in
giving the wife the convenience of a perpetually full gas tank.
For her safety and your peace of mind, not to mention all the hustle and
bustle, encourage your wife to obtain a concealed handgun license, unless
you live in Illinois where you can't, or New Jersey, Hawaii, and a couple of
other places where it's damn near impossible.
You'll save money in the long run.
On Thu, 8 Dec 2011 07:25:48 -0800 (PST), firstname.lastname@example.org wrote:
I wonder how attended gas stations figures into the crime stats.
Never thought of that before.
Don't mind pumping my own gas - it's faster - but having the pump
jockey squeegee the windows was always appreciated.
Miss that free dishware too.
Gee, I was going to suggest she just keep a Molotov cocktail at hand.
Seems more efficient with all that gas in the jugs at home.
Now, on second thought...
I don't have any evidence that she's irrational. Maybe she's phobic. Maybe
she just doesn't like the smell of gasoline on her clothes. Maybe she is
afraid of being asked to sign a petition.
Whatever. Having a gun nearby may very well give her the confidence she
needs to function in a complex society.
I carry a gun everywhere I go. I now go into biker bars and order a glass of
milk, something I would never have done before.
If having a gun encourages you to do things you wouldn't consider without
you're asking for trouble.
I see two possibilities.
1) you get shot with your own gun.
2) you end up in jail for shooting someone.
It's your word against 20 bikers.
I went thru a "carrying" phase until I decided that
it was a foolish.
IFF you MUST venture into unsafe areas, like your delivery job
requires it, you might convince yourself it's worth the risk.
IF you CHOOSE to go there, you're being foolish.
I've used my weapon to ward of would-be robbers in the Home Depot parking
Disaster doesn't always happen in unsafe areas. Why just today, two people
were shot at the University of Virgina campus, arguably the safest place on
the planet. By that I mean the campus has a RULE against firearms!
Go back to #1. That appears to be what happened. It saved the
kid from #2. So having a gun really worked out for him, eh? [and a
cop, Army vet & father of 5 besides]
When I heard this on the news last night your post was the first thing
I thought of. I hope this doesn't turn out that the kid was armed
by a concerned parent who thought it was a god idea for their child
to carry a gun on the dangerous campus.
I don't want any guns taken away-- especially the ones I own-- but
there are some folks who should *not* have guns. [And with all your
bravado you might be on my short list of those who should be
Phobias are by definition irrational.
You don't pour the gasoline on your clothes. You pump it into the car.
I've been putting gas in vehicles for 30+ years and not once have I
gotten a drop of gas on my clothes.
9 times out of 10 I can't even smell it on my hands, but gas stations
do offer gloves and wipes at the pump these days. Of course you could
always take responsibility for yourself and bring your own gloves if
it's that big a deal to you.
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