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    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 6th Feb 08, 6:47 PM
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    How would you get rid of old oil tank????
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    • 6th Feb 08, 6:47 PM
    How would you get rid of old oil tank???? 6th Feb 08 at 6:47 PM
    Hi All!

    Got to move & remove the old steel central heating oil tank. It's behind the garage, on about 10 courses of bricks. No means of getting a vehicle anywhere near, either. It needs to get to the fromt of the house, a journey of 150feet!!

    So how would you do it???

    Thinking of a grinder & sparks = not too clever...

    Gas bottles & flames, same again....

    Lots of strong blokes...not got enouigh...

    So your input welcome!!

    Thanks in advance!

    VB
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  • malamute
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    • 6th Feb 08, 7:09 PM
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    Very expensive solution, i would wash tank out leave open vented and Oxyacetylene burn / cut apart into manageable sizes to lift and move to the front of the house.
    • HugoSP
    • By HugoSP 6th Feb 08, 9:17 PM
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    • 6th Feb 08, 9:17 PM
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    • 6th Feb 08, 9:17 PM
    How close could you get a 4 wheel drive to it?

    You have the option of pulling it via a long chain/rope whilst using cut up telegraph poles as rollers over the terrain. Even if the towing vehicle is 150ft away, if it has a clear line of site then you can pull it.
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  • gm_lewis
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    • 7th Feb 08, 10:41 AM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 10:41 AM
    Sell it! Advertise the tank for sale or even free to collector. These are especially useful for farmers or anyone who keeps red diesel for off road vehicles. They will have the means or man power to remove it.
  • ormus
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    • 7th Feb 08, 12:00 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 12:00 PM
    drill some holes in the top and use a jigsaw to remove a large piece.
    any oil fumes shouldnt be a problem then. not that oil waste is even a huge problem like petrol is.
    then you can use the angle grinder to cut it up into manageable sections.

    have fire precautions ready. ie water and extinguishers/blanket etc...
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  • squoog
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    • 7th Feb 08, 5:49 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 5:49 PM
    Is there any oil left in it? we phoned a company in the yellow pages who paid us for the oil and took the tank away ( I guess there is scrap value in it) Might be worth making a few enquiries.
    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 7th Feb 08, 7:10 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 7:10 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 7:10 PM
    There is some oil in it, we'll be pumping this into thenew tank - in theory.

    Will have to avoid any residue, obviously!

    VB
    • HugoSP
    • By HugoSP 7th Feb 08, 7:17 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 7:17 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 7:17 PM
    I like the idea of advertising it free to a collector.

    Scrap value for that is probably around £20 if that. But as a tank for a farmer etc it may be worth more.
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  • Canucklehead
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    • 7th Feb 08, 8:58 PM
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    • 7th Feb 08, 8:58 PM
    Good evening: Just curious...why didn't the OFTEC engineer remove the old oil tank as part of your new installation?

    Canucklehead
    Ask to see CIPHE (Chartered Institute of Plumbing & Heating Engineering)
    • HugoSP
    • By HugoSP 7th Feb 08, 9:48 PM
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    Good evening: Just curious...why didn't the OFTEC engineer remove the old oil tank as part of your new installation?

    Canucklehead
    Originally posted by Canucklehead
    Probably because he couldn't get within 150 feet of the tank either
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    Probably because he couldn't get within 150 feet of the tank either
    Originally posted by HugoSP
    Good evening: Experience will find a way (and relevant training helps too!)

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    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 8th Feb 08, 9:05 PM
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    Hi Canucklehead, thet've not finished the job yet - plasterers last day today - the heating people did get us a scrap collector, but it still has to be shifted, as Hugo mentions!

    Not desperate - yet!!

    Thanks for replies so far!

    VB
  • Canucklehead
    Hi Canucklehead, thet've not finished the job yet - plasterers last day today - the heating people did get us a scrap collector, but it still has to be shifted, as Hugo mentions!

    Not desperate - yet!!

    Thanks for replies so far!

    VB
    Originally posted by vansboy
    Good evening: So..did their quote not include removal and safe disposal of the old tank? I thought that would have been a standard item for an OFTEC installation.:confused: You would think that as many oil boiler installations are located in remote locations and the fuel/residue can present a hazard ,the removal/decommissioning and installation of tanks by OFTECs on challenging sites would be a regular occurrence.

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  • OddjobKIA
    give it away to collecter advatise it as oil tank / water butt ideal for garden ie collect water of guttering
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    • martindow
    • By martindow 9th Feb 08, 9:51 AM
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    When we had an oil tank changed they used an electric saw to cut a corner off it to drain the last of the oil/sludge. This saw cut through quickly so might be worth hiring one if you are left with the tank. I should use ear defenders - the noise with the side of the tank vibrating like a drum was incredible!
  • Canucklehead
    Good evening: So..did their quote not include removal and safe disposal of the old tank? I thought that would have been a standard item for an OFTEC installation.:confused: You would think that as many oil boiler installations are located in remote locations and the fuel/residue can present a hazard ,the removal/decommissioning and installation of tanks by OFTECs on challenging sites would be a regular occurrence.

    Canucklehead
    Originally posted by Canucklehead
    Good evening: As a courtesy, I thought I might get an answer from the OP... I get the message regardless.

    Canucklehead
    Last edited by Canucklehead; 09-02-2008 at 6:41 PM.
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    • HugoSP
    • By HugoSP 9th Feb 08, 11:46 PM
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    Good evening: As a courtesy, I thought I might get an answer from the OP... I get the message regardless.

    Canucklehead
    Originally posted by Canucklehead
    Knowing Vansboy as I do I suspect he's not replied due to pressure of work, rather than due to a lack of courtesy.

    To respond to your question though I know of several instances where the fitter has removed an oil fired boiler and not removed the tank. In one case I helped a neighbour of mine remove his tank, and took it away on my trailer, but it was completely accessable, so I could back the trailer right up to it and lift it on.

    My understanding is that Vansboy is doing what he can to keep the job with budget, so removig the old oil tank is probably something that was excluded from the quote. How that hangs with the regs I don't know but that might answer your question.

    Vansboy, do you have a photo on your website showing the situation?
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  • Canucklehead
    Good morning: I asked a simple question: a short answer to my query from the OP would have sufficed (he had posted on other threads yesterday:confused: )I'm very familiar with clients asking for exclusions from quotes in 'price sensitive' situations...happens frequently with gas central heating installations I'll move on......

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    • vansboy
    • By vansboy 10th Feb 08, 2:13 PM
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    Hi Canucklehead!

    Sorry I hadn't given a direct answer to you - my mistake!

    The original agreement with the heating company was for us to remove all the existing installation - if you remember the giant pile of scrap in the pics on www.theupsidedownhouse.9f.com this was most of it. I'll take a pic of the tank in position, tomorrow, if I can.

    The tank remains behind the garage & in position, until we gat it out. They did get all the other scrap away & we've only created a small amount extra, so far, plus the tank. The scrap collector will take this, too, but it's just the suggestions to shift it that we're still keen to hear of!

    Thanks again for everyones input & promise I'll not be so slow to respond next time!!

    VB
    Last edited by vansboy; 10-02-2008 at 2:15 PM.
    • HugoSP
    • By HugoSP 10th Feb 08, 10:37 PM
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    Hi Canucklehead!
    The original agreement with the heating company was for us to remove all the existing installation
    Originally posted by vansboy
    Thought so
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