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Old 07-12-2017, 07:37 AM
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Just had to defuel also last week in order to deal with leaks. So once you have all this fuel out into 5-gallon cans... what do you use to refuel in one gallon increments to recalibrate?
I poured from the 5 gallon cans into a calibrated 2 gallon can (I had to do 2 gallon pours) then from the 2 gallon into the tank.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:39 AM
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That was my hope to do also. I'm just drawing a bit of a blank on where to source a calibrated 1 or 2 gallon can. Googling around at the moment.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:43 AM
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That was my hope to do also. I'm just drawing a bit of a blank on where to source a calibrated 1 or 2 gallon can. Googling around at the moment.
I went to Tractor Supply and bought a 2 gallon can (which has a 2 gallon 8 ounce mark on it). Then I calibrated it to 2 gallons with a nice black mark around the outside. I calibrated by weight. 1 gallon of AVGAS weighs 6.01 lbs.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:46 AM
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That was my hope to do also. I'm just drawing a bit of a blank on where to source a calibrated 1 or 2 gallon can. Googling around at the moment.
Don't rely on the markings on a 2 gallon red plastic fuel container from the auto parts store.

I did my initial, partial calibration that way and found the molded in marking was about 10% off.
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Old 07-12-2017, 07:49 AM
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Gil - exactly my fear. I /know/ those markings aren't right.

Joe - Thanks for the idea about calibration by weight. That sounds more probable for me to do. And yes, I'll zero-out the weight of the can itself beforehand.

Rob - Heh. That might be a while when you have a full 36 gallons sitting around in cans and you're still a few months away from first flight. Might as well just sell it off to the others on the field and hope the FBO doesn't notice.

Thanks for letting me hijack the thread!
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Old 07-12-2017, 08:50 AM
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5 gallon Homer Buckets from Home Depot , if you go to the paint dept they also have a calibrated gallon pail
NO!!! Not only is that large opening inviting trouble of all kinds, but some plastic does not tolerate gasoline. Don't count on the cheap 'pickle-bucket' cans being consistent. The five-gallon jerry cans specifically manufactured for fuel are not prohibitively expensive, and the plastic ones are pretty safe to use. I got four red ones for my avgas and labelled them 100LL, plus two blue diesel cans for the Jet-A that goes in my kerosene shop heater. 10 years and no leaky cans or other problems.
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:00 AM
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Default From the movie Die Hard with a Vengeance:

"Next to the brief case you will find a 3 gallon jug and a 5 gallon jug. Fill the 5 gallon jug with EXACTLY 4 gallons of water and place it on the scale. if you fail the bomb will go off. You have 5 minutes to comply...."

Sorry guys, I just couldn't resist a little humor around this seriously very important and informative topic! Do it safely and have a great day!
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Old 07-12-2017, 11:41 AM
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Default The Holy Gas Can of Airportdom?

"Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out."
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Old 07-12-2017, 03:41 PM
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Fill 5. Dump 3 into 3.
Dump 3 on ground.
Repeat.
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Old 07-13-2017, 02:20 PM
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NO!!! Not only is that large opening inviting trouble of all kinds, but some plastic does not tolerate gasoline. Don't count on the cheap 'pickle-bucket' cans being consistent. The five-gallon jerry cans specifically manufactured for fuel are not prohibitively expensive, and the plastic ones are pretty safe to use. I got four red ones for my avgas and labelled them 100LL, plus two blue diesel cans for the Jet-A that goes in my kerosene shop heater. 10 years and no leaky cans or other problems.
Yes , HDPE , look it up , same plastic used in Fuel Tanks .
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