Guv Bob wrote, on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:13:26 -0700:
There are videos out there where one drills a hole in the top
flat of the gas can and inserts a rubber tire valve, with the
schrader valve insert removed, and a plastic or steel cap on
But, I still think the *simplest* effective solution is to just
find a replacement cap for the gas cans.
a. That cap would hold the gasoline in, even better than the nozzle.
b. That cap would just be removed to pour the gas.
If we could only find a cap to fit the threads, we'd have the
gfretwell wrote, on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 18:37:02 -0400:
You can't throw the spout away ... yet.
What I propose, which seems to be the *perfect* solution, is that
we find a replacement cap for the gas cans.
With a replacement cap, we solve all the problems.
1. The gas stays inside the can (so CARB/EPA is happy).
2. The cap is easy to remove (even easier than the ungainly spout).
3. The gas pours fine (even without a vent) into a funnel.
I personally spoke to the CARB guys, who said the specification says
*nothing* about how the gasoline is supposed to come *out* of the can.
The specification is only to keep the gasoline *inside* the can
So, it's NOT like the pumps at the gas station, which have to seal
when you're filling your car. It's nothing like that.
Given that the cap would keep the gasoline inside the can just
as well (probably even better) than the spout, and, given that
the spout is, by all (but one) accounts, useless .... then I
propose we find a CAP that fits the gas can.
Once we find a cap, our problems are all solved!
But, how to find that cap, is the problem.
Stormin Mormon wrote, on Wed, 10 Sep 2014 16:52:18 -0400:
I know the solution to all our problems!
While *this* solution (modifying the can) will work:
A *better* solution would be to replace the spout with a
That would solve all the problems.
1. The gas would still stay inside during storage
(which is the *only* thing the EPA/CARB cares about!)
2. The gas would come out when we need it
(which is the main thing *we* care about!)
What we need to do is pool our resources to find a replacement
gas cap for the gas can that fits the threads.
On 9/10/2014 6:38 PM, Danny D. wrote:
ow the solution to all our problems!
I modified several 5 gallon cans using this method. Works well.
You can crack the valve cap just a bit to keep the vapors from
"ballooning" out your gas container if it sits in the sun.
As for the filler tube/cap... If some enterprising manufacturer off
shore wanted to smuggle in the old style, he'd make a fortune<g>
I suppose they mean not to keep it in your trunk. When I fetch gas in
the car, I like to keep it up front, where I can see or smell any problem.
I once had a 2.5 gallon can marked USMC. If I had to keep gas in the
trunk, I'd use one like that. I see NATO cans are available in 5, 10,
and 20 liters. Several states say they aren't legal for storing gas. I
wonder why not.
On Wed, 10 Sep 2014 20:41:31 -0400, Stormin Mormon
Last year I purchased four new 5 gal cans and I HATE all of them. What
I did was throw away the filler spouts and epoxied plexiglas over the
top of the caps. Then I purchased a battery operated siphon pump from
eBay for $15 and it pumps 5 gals in about 3 mins and there are zero
spills. I wish one could buy simple caps for these, though.
Hey, cut that out.
Only mindless rants about how things have changed are acceptable here.
I sort of like the new cans too. Sure, I had to learn a new way to
operate the thing, but I didn't break anything in the process.
So, I've got 2 gas cans from before the new laws, and one after.
I don't have many problems operating any of them.
I suppose that the smaller containers are manageable and even the larger
ones would probably be okay IF the idiots that designed them actually
used them in the real world. One size fits all doesn't<g>
I don't have any difficulty with a 5 gallon container, but my wife does.
The nozzles on the 2½ gal and 5 gal containers are identical. The
little hook on the spout (that holds the nozzle depressed) doesn't work
for shit with our equipment. The Bobcat has 2 ~ 5 gal saddle tanks and
the fuel opening is about 3½" in diameter. Trying to engage the flow
and keep the can at the proper angle of attack is all but impossible.
Those nozzle do work pretty well for the two pint fuel tanks on a push
mower or rototiller.
I bought some NATO gas cans and if the EPA police want to come and get
me, they can stand right behind the clowns from the mattress label police<g>
Of course, there must be a problem.
If only I knew what a CARB was.
Okay, I see, "CARB compliant".
Nope, the new style gas can I have has been around at least
4 years, maybe 5. No change in the way it operates.
Yeah, I know, no matter what, if they changed something, it must
be worse. I just can't seem to get with the program.
gfretwell wrote, on Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:18:44 -0400:
By way of comparison ...
It takes me about a four minutes and twenty seconds to empty a
five-gallon gas jug which is placed on the roof of the car (with
a towel underneath to protect the paint) and a 10-foot half-inch
hose for the siphon.
Dan Espen wrote, on Thu, 11 Sep 2014 00:05:02 -0400:
It used to be that the California Air Resource Board set the
standards for keeping the gasoline *inside* the can; but now
the EPA has the *same* standards, so, being CARB-compliant
isn't what it used to be.
The key point I've learned from talking personally with the
CARB people is that the standards only dictate how the gas
has to stay inside the can during storage.
They promulgated no standards for how the gas gets *out*
of the can.
So, IMHO, the solution is for us to find a gas cap that fits
the can. With a gas cap, the gas stays inside the can (which
keeps CARB/EPA happy); and yet, we can easily remove the cap
when we need to pour the gas out (using a separate funnel).
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