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New Oil Tank, Aug. 4, 2011
Posted 6 Aug, 2011
At the Spring 2011 furnace inspection the technician reported oil seeping at the seams of the tank. With such a report, oil delivery must cease, so a new tank was ordered.

The installation took place August 4, but some work had to be done beforehand to give access to the tank location. On Monday, August 1, John Osborne emptied the compost bins and spread the compost over the flower gardens. On Tuesday, August 2, Euan Crabb, Brian Maklan and Ian Mark removed the fence, re-located the crêche, installed a temporary support for the oil tank roof and removed the permanent support.

On August 4 the supplier, François Rozon of Les Cèdres, arrived shortly after 8 AM and began pumping the oil from the old tank into a holding tank in his truck. He noted that some bushes would be in the way so they were removed.
Just as the tank became empty a truck arrived with a back-hoe to remove the old tank. This was a tricky process, as the bucket was too large to fit between the tank and the roof. With some cautious maneouvring and some man-handling, however, the tank came out.
About then a truck arrived and set a new double wall tank on the street. (A single wall tank is guaranteed for three years, double wall for fifteen years.)
The new tank was put in place using caution and man-handling as for the old tank removal.
When the new tank was in place a truck arrived to take away the old tank, which had to be lifted onto the truck by the back-hoe.
As the new tank was being connected up, Euan Crabb arrived to re-install the roof support and the fence. The hole for the fence post, however, had becme filled with gravel, so fence replacement was put off to Friday, but not before re-planting the bushes that had been pulled out by the back-hoe.
On Friday Euan came back to dig the hole to the reqired depth, re-install the fence, put a bolt in the temporary fill pipe, etc., etc.
Following are some shots of the oil tank replacement, but the work by the Summerlea folks did not get snapped.

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The hose carries oil from the old tank to the supplier's holding tank.
The back-hoe truck arrived as the tank became empty.

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The back-hoe was larger than we expected, so a large bush had to be removed.

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The large shovel did not fit between the tank and the roof, so some manhandling was required to get it out.

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As the tank was carried out to the lawn, the truck carrying the new tank arrived.

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With the tank out, the pad was cleaned off and the area inspected.
The wall needs repair, but time did not permit, so will have to be done later.
This will be difficult with the tank in place.

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The old tank and the new tank. The new tank includes a vacuum gauge
to show if there is a leak between the double walls.

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The new tank is carried toward its destination.

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Because of the roof, the tank cannot be carried all the way.

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Rollers and some manhandling get involved.

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Finally in place and time for a break.

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Then the truck arrives to take away the old tank.
The truck backs under the tank held aloft by the back-hoe.

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Caution all the way.
Then the back-hoe heads home.

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As the new tank is filled from the holding tank, the fence post is replaced.
But the hole has been partly filled in, so will have to be dug out tomorrow.

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Euan Crabb pulls gravel from the hole to make it deep enough for the post.
And an hour later he has the fence in place.

Oil tank replacement, August 4, 2011.
The vacuum seems to be less than the 42 kPa (12.4 in Hg) specified.
Will have to call the manufacturer. Please let it be okay!

Oil tank replacement, August 4, 2011.
The new level gauge can be seen from the parlour,
and is much easier to read than the old one.

Thanks to John Osborne, Brian Maklan, Ian Mark and especially Euan Crabb
for the work they did to make this happen.

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