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Old 11-25-2010, 07:16 AM   #1
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I discovered a leak in my fuel oil storage tank after my first fall fill-up. The small leak has now stopped due to sludge/rust, I'm sure, and my burner reflects crap going through the nozzle. I don't want to have my furnace serviced until after I put in a new tank. It will be a DIY project with help from my sons. My storage tank should be low enough soon to do this. In the meantime I want to replace the filter and was told to purchase an RC 30 oil filter. I've been unable to find one and assume the RC is manufacturer specific. My local hardware store had only RC 20 on hand. Does the 20 or 30 reflect size or purpose (like one might strain particulates differently). Home depot has an IA 30 and I was wondering if this an acceptable alternate. The housing for the filter is so old that there is nothing legible on it. Thanks

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I discovered a leak in my fuel oil storage tank after my first fall fill-up. The small leak has now stopped due to sludge/rust,
Ayuh,.... While your Waiting, you're risking Thousands, probably Tens of Thousands of dollars in Liability on yourself...
Personally,... I'd be changing out the tank,... Tomorrow....

Your filter housing will have a name, 'n Numbers on it...
That's the Info you need to buy a replacement cartridge element...
And,... Go to a Hvac Supplier, not the corner hardware store...

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Thanks, Bondo!
I'll try to read the info on the housing again but it's really pretty worn. This storage tank is not inground and I check it several times a day. My plan is to have to pump out as little fuel as possible so as to lessen the chance of spillage.
Keep on drinking that Moxie. I drink the diet as it's closer to the original. Did you know there's a Moxie Museum in Union Maine?
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This storage tank is not inground and I check it several times a day. My plan is to have to pump out as little fuel as possible so as to lessen the chance of spillage.
Ayuh,... Do as ya please, but it can bite you Bad...
A good friend a few years ago, had his in cellar tank spring a leak...
200 gallons flowed out his in-floor drain to the drywell...
$80,000. later, 'n he still can't sell his house...
The fuel leached through the ground into the aquifer to his well...

Yes, Ive heard of the Moxie Museum,...
Haven't been there yet, but hope to during 1 of my trips back home to Maine...
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