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?
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?
Simple to use, cheap to buy, not so cheap to install?
Expensive to buy but cheap to install?
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
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
They must make them for bigger tanks- but this is what I've seen on
the 275s in my experience-
A simple float gauge
[$27 - and no electronics]
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