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Using and Pulling a Vacuum on oil tank to allow oil line repair.

I have seen a soot vacuum cleaner used to pull a vacuum on an oil tank to allow the oil line to be removed and repaired however does anyone know of any technical manual or publication describing the "correct" steps in doing this? (If there are any..)


  • Jamie HallJamie Hall Posts: 10,548Member
    I'd be really cautious about doing this -- it wouldn't take much vacuum to collapse the tank. Which could ruin your whole day...

    Building superintendent/caretaker, 7200 sq. ft. historic house museum with dependencies in New England.

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  • burnerman_2burnerman_2 Posts: 297Member
    We I have done about 30... I just started doing it a bit different.... Be sure tank is 1/2 full if at all possible,,... Use a tie strap on vent with red rag to block some of vent... be sure fill is tight.. remove plug in basement .. get on floor loosen valve just a bit... put dope on new valve.. have your partner turn on vac... 2 seconds off and 2 seconds on... done...
  • billtwocasebilltwocase Posts: 2,385Member
    Done many that way too burnerman. Alone usually
  • Bob Bona_4Bob Bona_4 Posts: 2,083Member
    Done it too, it works. But you won't find anything documented.
  • lchmblchmb Posts: 2,932Member
    edited October 2015
    I have pulled a plug inside the basement...put the hose in, put an extension cord next to me an turn it on when ready....I wont generally do it if the tank is 10+ years...not sure my heart can handle the stress on old tanks...memory serves me right, there used to be an adapter you could purchase. you set the adapter to how full the tank was and it set the vacuum...
  • jhonnikolsonjhonnikolson Posts: 1Member
    edited August 11
    i have also bought a new vacuum recently, it is amazing.
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