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Subject: Re: Furnace oil tank safety alarm
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Date: Wed, 4 Sep 2002 00:39:15 -0400
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Organization: Bell Sympatico
Since heating oil has (or had) a higher sulphur content than diesel, I
suspect any humidity could help create acidic compounds over time...
"Bob Wilson" wrote in message
> In article <3D7417CB.197CFB10@no.spam>, firstname.lastname@example.org says...
> >gagir wrote:
> >> Watching TV recently, I saw the disaster that can occur when a tank
> >> and empties in a basement. Damages can cost in the range of $200 000.00
> >> plus.
> >> Nowhere in the report did I see any existance of an alarm to warn when
> >> tank level goes down at a too fast rate or while the furnace is not
> >> opperating.
> >> I know some oil companies have remote sensing of the remaining oil for
> >> delivery scheduling. If it produces an analog level reading, not
> >> 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
> >> suggestions for cross posting.
> >I would avoid any method that requires you to put something inside the
> >tank. I believe insurance companies would jump at the chance to blame
> >any fire that might occur on your in-tank sensor. How about a strain
> >gauge under one of the legs of the tank to keep track of the weight?
> >Better yet, how about moving the tank outside the house so that leaks
> >won't end up in the basement at all? An alarm does you no good if you
> >aren't home to do something about it. Back when I was a kid our house
> >had an outside fuel oil tank, as did all our neighbors.
> More to the point, why would an indoor oil tank leak in the first place?
> cannot rust from the outside of the tank (like underground tandks readily
> do). The only think that could conceivably start it leaking, is water
> (assuming the tank wasn't so shoddily made that a weld gave way for no
> reason). Maybe all that is needed is an internal water sensor. I recall my
> parents' underground tank got rusted so badly that it caved in one day.
> filled in the hole and put an indoor one in the basement that lasted
> In most European countries (Germany, for sure), you cannot just put a tank
> outside anymore. It has to be lined with an impermeable plastic liner to
> ensure that it cannot spill its contents into the environment if it should
> rust through. A simple tank there is now really expensive, and retrofiting
> an existing one with a liner (as is required by law) is REALLY expensive.
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