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    Default Oil Tank Replacement

    Current oil tank, 275 gallon, located in unfinished basement with concrete floor. I live in Massachusetts.

    Tank is leaking from the seal.

    I plan on having it replaced.

    What else should I do?

    I have a copper line which is in the concrete floor.
    Should I replace this...what do they replace it with copper/plastic??

    Do they use the same filter??

    What is the estimated cost??

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    What do you mean leaking from the seal? Can you post a pic?

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    Sorry from the seam

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    Don't bother replacing the copper line unless it's damaged or leaking.

    The cost of replacing the tank often depends on how easy it is to get it in/out of the place. Last year when oil was pushing $5/gallon some folks would credit you something for the value of the oil, but I doubt that's the case this year- it's basically hazardous waste to be disposed of (for a fee, of course.)

    When my neighbor was in the same situation last year he calculated the cost of a new tank vs. a natural gas retrofit burner and went with the conversion burner, the old tank went away nearly for free, and got 20-25 square feet of basement floor space back. (That's clearly not an option for everyone.) I'm not sure what the quote for installing a new tank was.

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    Five years ago I paid a local oil company to remove my old tank and install a 12 gauge 275 gallon tank for $1,000. I thought that was a steal.

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    I guess the tank I got for free was a deal
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    I have enough to do to my own house

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    Quote Originally Posted by Scuba_Dave View Post
    I guess the tank I got for free was a deal
    I dunno- does it leak?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Dana View Post
    I dunno- does it leak?
    Nope, barely used - a few years old
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    Well I got the estimate 1600
    pump and filter old tank oil, cut and remove tank, install new 225 slim line tank, new filter and fittings, new overhead copper line.


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    Hi,
    10 yrs ago when I lived in MA and had a leak (at the seam) my oil company sent in a crew that cleaned, fiberglassed (the whole bottom), painted the tank, and rechecked for any leaks. It was covered by the service plan. You may want to check into that unless you are looking for increased floor space or relocation of the tank. Maybe you should sign up for a service plan
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    Quote Originally Posted by Massjim View Post
    Well I got the estimate 1600
    pump and filter old tank oil, cut and remove tank, install new 225 slim line tank, new filter and fittings, new overhead copper line.


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    Sounds "in the range", not a big gouge.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Massjim View Post
    Well I got the estimate 1600
    pump and filter old tank oil, cut and remove tank, install new 225 slim line tank, new filter and fittings, new overhead copper line.


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    I fit and supply oil tanks in the UK among other things and that price even allowing for USD/GBP conversion is fair in my opinion.

    A buried pipe here would be plastic coated this is particularly so in concrete as the concrete reacts with the copper. You could have the oil line pressure tested for leaks but as you have a quote for a new oil line anyway I'd go for that if I were you.

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    I fit and supply oil tanks in the UK among other things and that price even allowing for USD/GBP conversion is fair in my opinion.
    I have never seen oil heating in England. Does it exist?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ian Gills View Post
    I have never seen oil heating in England. Does it exist?
    Sure it does I live in a semi rural area, we have natural gas 80% of the market, electric heating, wood fired and wood pellet heating, oil fired heating and LPG heating plus Solar and Ground source heating.

    You can see what I do on my site www.flamefix.co.uk
    and we have an official registration body OFTEC their site is www.oftec.org

    there is some free information such as this for oil storage for consumers
    http://www.oftec.org/documents/IS_co..._pollution.pdf
    http://www.oftec.org/documents/Gettoknowyouroiltank.pdf

    I'm not selling anything nor financially benefiting from the above links but if they need to be deleted feel free.

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