August 18, 2006
It is another beautiful crisp day here at the East Boston house—except in the basement. Today was one of the most educational experiences I have had to date with TOH. Commonwealth Tank sent a crew to the house to remove and update my boiler and both of our oil tanks. What a process. Richard T. and I shadowed the guys (Kevin, Luis, Jose, and Al) all morning to witness how they handle the waste and how the switcheroo goes down.
Liz and Richard on tank removal day (photo by Deborah Hood)
Throughout the process I kept thinking how lucky we are that nothing has ever happened with these tanks. Kevin explained to us in detail the danger of using a corroded tank. Most of these tanks have a 10-20 year life span. We had ours for 40-50!! Talk about getting your money's worth.
They began with siphoning out the existing oil into their truck out front. When that was completed they tipped the tank onto it's side so the remaining sludge would trickle to one side. Luis then took a tool called a nipper and cut the tank in half—so they could remove it more easily. Before removal, they suctioned up the sludge. It was nasty, I must say.
They then put the new tanks in. Where did my existing oil go you ask? It went into the truck for cleaning, and when the new tank was installed they put it in. No Chris, I did not snag any of your oil—although Richard tried to talk me into it!!! :) We can now not lose any sleep over the tanks and boilers…
Your in sludge,
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HEATING OIL STORAGE
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It's good to know you are replacing those tanks. Using them beyond their recommended period of usage can be dangerous. Congratulations on getting your new tanks. :-)
These tanks are indeed unbelievable! We had also tank before that lasted for many years but not more than 30 years. I thought we had the most unique tank in the world until I read this post. The danger of having a tank like this is as high as the fame we got from having kept a tank like this. It is very dangerous though.
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