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rjordan392 05-15-2012 05:38 PM

275 Gallon Fuel Oil Tank Tampering
 
I have an above ground tank with a valve on the bottom to better remove water accumulation. But this tank is subject to vandalism if someone came along with a pipe wrench and remove the pipe cap on the valve. Is there a solution to prevent tampering?

beenthere 05-15-2012 06:32 PM

Not really.

Ravenworks 05-15-2012 07:12 PM

They make locking valves,ask your oil supplier.

ben's plumbing 05-15-2012 08:23 PM

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Originally Posted by rjordan392 (Post 922075)
I have an above ground tank with a valve on the bottom to better remove water accumulation. But this tank is subject to vandalism if someone came along with a pipe wrench and remove the pipe cap on the valve. Is there a solution to prevent tampering?

locking wing stop....its a flathead stop with a lock hole you can lock in closed position....could try ace hardware.....ben:yes:

beenthere 05-15-2012 08:32 PM

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Originally Posted by ben's plumbing (Post 922183)
locking wing stop....its a flathead stop with a lock hole you can lock in closed position....could try ace hardware.....ben:yes:

Can I turn the thing out of the tank with a pipe wrench.

rjordan392 05-15-2012 08:43 PM

Beenthere,
I was thinking the same thing. maybe a lock can be put on the valve but I think there is enough room to turn the whole assembly right out of the threaded hole in the tank. its dark now, I'll check it again tomorrow. If thats the case I may have to brick it in and then install the locking device. the tank is on a cement pad and it would be easy enough to mortor some bricks in. Anyone trying to tamper with this setup would have to make some noise doing it.

ben's plumbing 05-15-2012 08:46 PM

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Originally Posted by beenthere (Post 922189)
Can I turn the thing out of the tank with a pipe wrench.

not sure how much room you have only need 1 1/2 clearance....I have taken many off tight areas.... pics would help...

rjordan392 05-15-2012 08:52 PM

I'll take a few pictures and post them tomorrow.

rjordan392 05-16-2012 03:07 PM

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Here are pictures of the valve that needs some type of security to prevent vandals from tampering with it. If I brick this area around the valve, leaving the front open; and then install a locking device; i think this will work. I realize anything can be tamper with; but the idea here is to make it difficult to tampering without making some noise which will attract myself or a neighbor.

ben's plumbing 05-16-2012 08:53 PM

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Originally Posted by rjordan392 (Post 922687)
Here are pictures of the valve that needs some type of security to prevent vandals from tampering with it. If I brick this area around the valve, leaving the front open; and then install a locking device; i think this will work. I realize anything can be tamper with; but the idea here is to make it difficult to tampering without making some noise which will attract myself or a neighbor.

yep should be able to screw locking wing valve on...ben:yes:

rjordan392 05-16-2012 09:09 PM

Thanks,
I'll check out the locking wing valve and what my local oil distributor has and then pick the one that appears most secure.

rjordan392 05-17-2012 07:37 PM

Ben's Plumbing,
I tried Ace hardware on the net and my search came up empty and I also tried Lowe's. Do you know of a website where I can take a look at the locking wing stop or locking wing valve? The only thing I found on the net was a lock for the fill pipe.

concretemasonry 05-17-2012 08:02 PM

rjordan -

That must be a newer (less than 15 years old) tank since every home in Levittown, PA came with a buried tank and a willow tree. The oil distributors ruled because the guaranteed the tanks as long as you bought oil from them. My wife grew up there and had to deal with the buried problems when her parents passed on and they had not bought enough oil recently.

You may have to go through an oil distributor for the security valve that fits the tank you have. You may pay more, but you will have peace of mind regarding the oil.

Dick

ben's plumbing 05-17-2012 08:06 PM

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Originally Posted by rjordan392 (Post 923621)
Ben's Plumbing,
I tried Ace hardware on the net and my search came up empty and I also tried Lowe's. Do you know of a website where I can take a look at the locking wing stop or locking wing valve? The only thing I found on the net was a lock for the fill pipe.

go to wwwgrainger.com type in locking wing valve...should find what your looking for....ben


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