Remember when fuel cans were simple? Pop the cap off the end, tip it
and fuel went into your mower. I recently had to buy a couple of
replacements. The ones with the push-lock device, short spout and
lever actuated valve (WalMart specials).
What the hell are they good for? The spout is too short to reach most
mower or auto gas ports, without attaching a hose. The lever is
pretty much inoperable without an attached hose.
Bitch bitch bitch.
Now I'll go back to building something.
Ran out of gas, in a parking lot after 10pm one night, had to walk three
miles in the rain along a busy street with no sidewalk to an open gas
station. That's the only type can they had ... three miles back, in the
rain, only to have to perform surgery on the can, in the dark, for
another 30 minutes, with a multi-tool (thank buddha I keep one in the
truck), in the dark, in order to ultimately get about half of the
contents into the truck's gas tank, in the dark ... the rest on the ground.
Man, if you think that those suck, try the other version out there
(K-Mart and Lowes sell them) They only have a push lock which is
basically a spout with a little lip or edge about 1/3 of the way down.
The idea is you put the spout into the hole inside of your car's gas
filler tube. The lip catches and then you press down. This releases
the mechanism that allows the fuel to flow. When you let up a little
it springs shut and stops the flow of gasoline. It works pretty poorly
in a car, but just try it in a lawn mower (or much worse on a rocking
boat) where there is no inside lip in the filler tube to catch the lip
on the spout and you can't function them if you attach an extender
hose. I MUCH prefer the ones that you describe with at least a lever
to actuate the valve.
Further, the damn nozzle goes so far into the tank and blocks so much of the
filler on the lawn mower or pressure washer or snow blower or whatever that
you can't tell how much gas you've put in until it overflows.
One wants to believe that there is a special place in Hell for the sort of
government bureaucrats who come up with this crap.
Well, yeah.... However, you can't then drive that car on a public
roadway as it is illegal (most places) to drive without your seatbelt
on. However, you could drive that car with the removed seatbelts all
over your own back 40.
By the same token, should you remove the spill protection device from
your fuel can, you better hope that you don't get caught spilling fuel
into the public waterways or onto the ground.... But the removel
itself is not a criminal behavior as I understand it.
Yes, you can!! And you will -not- get in any trouble with 'the law' for the
act of removing them.
*BUT*, as others have pointed out, it is illegal to _operate_ a vehicle "on
the public roadways" without that equipment, _if_ it came with said equipment
from the factory. Note also: it is -not- a _federal_ crime to so operate such
a 'modified' vehicle, merely a violation of your *state* laws regarding
operation of a motor vehicle. :)
I wish the people who developed these standards had to use the equipment
that the standards apply for a month before the standards become official.
I wonder who owns the patients for these devices that are being
required, or who the person that has the patient owns.
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