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Old 10-16-2009, 10:18 AM   #1
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My house was converted to gas heat before I bought it. But They left an old metal oil tank in the basement. Its a major space waster. It seems empty. I want it out of my house. I live in New Jersey. I don't know the safety and legal guidelines. Can anyone help me. Can I cut it out myself with a recip saw? Or do I need a licensed contractor in that field to remove it?

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Old 10-16-2009, 11:00 AM   #2
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If there is any way to get it out whole, thats the way to go. There will still be oil and sludge in the bottom that can cause a big mess.

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Old 10-16-2009, 11:11 AM   #3
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That is not an option, due to size and layout.
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Old 10-16-2009, 11:25 AM   #4
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Thats what I figured. With all the environmental rules now, you may even have a problem getting rid of the pieces. I would suggest calling an oil supply company and inquiring what all your options are. Phone call is cheaper at this time.
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Of course, in the image,
http://homepro-co.com/Images/oil_tank.jpg
the broader side is the weakest as far as resisting a bending or crushing force.

Can you crush the tank so that it buckles and then get it out?
You'd need some heavy hammers or you'd need to raise a very heavy weight with block and tackle and then drop it on the tank.
Or, with a vacuum pump evacuating all the air out, atmospheric pressure at 2000#/sq. ft. might crush the tank. Or use the pump and the hammer.
Once it buckles you may be able to crush it further with a come-along.

Do not qualify for a Darwin Award. This project has the potential for injury.

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Old 10-16-2009, 11:26 PM   #6
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If you do it yourself you can cut down on the mess by cutting up the top 3/4 of the tank in any fashion you wish, leaving the bottom 1/4 in one piece. Then siphon out any loose oil and put that in a paint can or jar, then scoop out any sludge and put that in another paint can or large jar.

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