From: Chuck Simmons
Organization: You jest.
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Subject: Re: Furnace oil tank safety alarm
Date: Tue, 03 Sep 2002 04:43:30 GMT
NNTP-Posting-Date: Mon, 02 Sep 2002 21:43:30 PDT
Jim Thompson wrote:
> On Mon, 2 Sep 2002 20:38:10 -0400,
> "gagir" ,
> In Newsgroup: sci.electronics.design,
> Article: <6lTc9.email@example.com>,
> Entitled: "Furnace oil tank safety alarm",
> Wrote the following:
> |Watching TV recently, I saw the disaster that can occur when a tank fails
> |and empties in a basement. Damages can cost in the range of $200 000.00
> |Nowhere in the report did I see any existance of an alarm to warn when the
> |tank level goes down at a too fast rate or while the furnace is not
> |I know some oil companies have remote sensing of the remaining oil for
> |delivery scheduling. If it produces an analog level reading, not min/max,
> |not to use this sensor for alarm purposes is plain stupid. Anyhow, a
> |capacitive sensor can do it quite cheaply.
> |I would like to know what anybody have to say about this idea. Also some
> |suggestions for cross posting.
> |Eric Girard
> Back around 1960, while a student at MIT, I was renting the third
> floor of an *old* house in Cambridge, MA.
> Came home one day to find the fire department there... oil tank in the
> basement had breached and the oil caught fire. Fortunately it was a
> dirt floor and they got it out before major damage was done.
> ...Jim Thompson
Geeze! Fuel oil is hard to light. What set it off?
I had an oil spill in my basement when I lived in Maynard, MA. It seems
two oil companies got confused about who should fill my tank so they
both did. The driver for the second delivery caught the error after a
few gallons poured onto the floor. The company that should not have
delivered sent a guy out a few days later with a couple of 25 pound bags
of cat litter. As stupid as that sounds, it worked perfectly.
... The times have been,
That, when the brains were out,
the man would die. ... Macbeth
Chuck Simmons firstname.lastname@example.org