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Be aware that residential oil tanks are not tested at pressures higher than 4 psig; so your air pressurizing can help you join the million dollar oil landfill disposal club by exposing a weakness. If you already blew the tank, send the bill to the people who suggested you pressurize the tank, they are giving professional advice.

The line at 120 feet exceeds by 20 feet the maximum length for PUMPING OIL through fuel lines in the Webster Handbook; GRAVITY feed is a hopeless matter for any quantity.

That is also a great deal of air to remove before getting oil to a pump. Pumping oil from a bucket to the tank would fill the line. A suction gauge on the pump port will tell if you have sufficient ‘pull’ on the pump to take the oil from the tank through a cleared line. If you don’t know how, don’t attempt it.

» This message has been edited by Harold Kestenholz on 21 September 2003

» This message has been edited by Harold Kestenholz on 21 September 2003

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