Heating Oil Tank Removal

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This is a description of how my father-in-law and I safely removed a heating oil tank from beside my house in Raleigh, North Carolina. Thanks to some ingenious ideas from my father-in-law and a lot of hard work, we were able to dispose of the tank in a safe and affordable way.

Jeff Groves digs out around the heating oil tank very gingerly
Removing dirt from around the tank. Before digging around the tank, I had Nobel Oil vaccuum out about 270 gallons of fuel oil out of the tank. I didn't want to risk putting a hole in nearly full tank and have a major environmental incident at my house!

The main reason for removing the tank was so that I could complete a foundation drainage project.



The tank appeared to have been installed some time in the 1950s and proved to be in very good shape structurally
Once the dirt was removed, we dropped about 5 pounds of dry-ice down the neck of the tank in order to drive off any oxygen and replace it with CO2. This was done in order to prevent any chance of explosion while we cut the tank up with the reciprocating saw.


The top half of the tank.  Notice the corrosion that formed at the opt of the inside f the tank.  Luckily, it was still superficial in nature.
After some minutes, we had cut off the top half of the tank.

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