An octogenarian friend of mine, in another state, has an above ground 350
gallon tank of home heating oil that is filled about once a month in the
The widow lives alone and simply asked me about how to read the tank from
inside the house. I have propane, so my RD3 tools don't seem to work on
Do you have any suggestions for me to research that you have found work
She have a sight line to the tank? A float indicator can be attached
that just watch the flag on it.
OTOH, float level switches that could be mounted in side of tank start
as cheaply as the $15 range; one would need the associated cabling,
power, etc., to make use of the switch contact of course...I'm presuming
you'd be a volunteer in that regards???
Thanks for trying to help out.
Apparently the tank is 275 gallons (or thereabouts) and it's above ground
and it has a cover of some sort that negates using a stick to plumb it.
In addition, it apparently has some sort of "sonar" sensor that somehow
transmits to the house the level but it's apparently not working.
It's a thousand miles away so I asked the neighbor to snap a photo and send
it to me for the lady (who isn't technical).
I was hoping to just buy her something that screws in and tells her iPhone
what the level is.
The neighbor's husband will probably put it in for us whatever we figure
out. He's gonna snap a photo for me, I hope soon.
Well, that's a whole different kettle o' fish if it is already
instrumented...she just needs to get a tech out and repair what's
It may be as simple as another noted as batteries altho I'd presume that
wouldn't have been the only power source it's possible...
No personal experience. The fuel level gauges I see require one
to be near the tank.
A search for remote fuel level gauge turned up stuff like this:
A search on Amazon turned up this:
One can't off-load the burden of responsibility for something like that
to someone else. Your tank? You're responsible for keeping it filled.
If it runs dry, you, your pipes, and your chickens all freeze. The
minimum wage clerk at the coop who neglected to send the tanker truck
out or failed to confirm the delivery stays warm and wouldn't know it
happened and wouldn't care if he did.
With all this “gun control” talk, I haven’t heard one politician say how
they plan to take guns away from criminals and terrorists— just from law
Oh contrare, fuel oil dealers do this all the time. They use degree days and
things like computers to map usage so they can deliver a minimum of 150
Sounds like she already has a suitable gauge already, just needs it to be
repaired. If she has a service contract it may be covered. Fuel oil dealers
usually are inexpensive, as it goes.
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