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Question jerry can spout

I just bought two of these jerry cans. I can't figure out how they're supposed to be used, and they didn't come with a manual. I've been able to figure out from searching online that the wide part of the spout is supposed to slide when the nozzle is pushed down into the fuel tank, and that opens the valve, but the ones on my jerry cans don't move much (maybe 1/8"). Is that all the throw there is? That doesn't seem sufficient, and if it is, it means they'll be very likely to randomly open on their own, so I need some better way of sealing them for transport. Are they supposed to be stored with the spout turned around (inside the can), and you only pull it out into the normal orientation to pour it? That seems like it would make for a very messy spout and would negate the supposed zero-spill benefit of this design. What am I missing here?
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I have the same type of spout on my fuel cans. I bought a giant funnel and don't use the spout.
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Yes, it only slides about 1/8-1/4" or so. It is designed to allow you to tip the can upside down without gasoline pouring out... it isn't meant to be stored with that spout in place—you're supposed to store the jerry can with the spout inverted.

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I just bought two of these jerry cans. I can't figure out how they're supposed to be used, and they didn't come with a manual. I've been able to figure out from searching online that the wide part of the spout is supposed to slide when the nozzle is pushed down into the fuel tank, and that opens the valve, but the ones on my jerry cans don't move much (maybe 1/8"). Is that all the throw there is? That doesn't seem sufficient, and if it is, it means they'll be very likely to randomly open on their own, so I need some better way of sealing them for transport. Are they supposed to be stored with the spout turned around (inside the can), and you only pull it out into the normal orientation to pour it? That seems like it would make for a very messy spout and would negate the supposed zero-spill benefit of this design. What am I missing here?
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Your have probably the infamous CARB (California Air Resource Board) spouts.

Beware these CARB-spouts on jerry cans are flimsy and can easily break off when you are 'pouring' creating a gigantic and dangerous mess. You can either contact the OEM j-can mfg. or search the internet for 'sane' retro-spouts for such jerry cans. Be sure to tell them that you do not live or plan to use them in Kalifornia ... and they will then supply 'proper' spouts.

Yes the larger part of the 'barrel' on the spout will move about 1/4-1/2" up the inverted spout ... and then allow a slow dribble of fuel, etc. out of the can .... all the while you are holding 40 lbs. up in the air. Do not let the full weight of the fuel+container come in contact with the 'nozzle' that you are filling or you risk breaking off that totally idiotic and DANGEROUS 'spout'.
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"The ECO Spout is easy to use and helps to prevent spills. Fuel flow will automatically stop when the container is full. Spout closes automatically. All ECO Fuel Can products shown have been UL-tested and approved."
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Sceptre also sells the old style flexible spout. A finger over the spout's tip solves all the problems.......i2f
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I have to disagree with you big time. It takes me 6 to 8 minutes to empty a water, deisel, or gas can--all the while I'm holding the weight of the contents in a bent over position. To make matters worse, the gas cans on deck invariably leak while under way--and no, they are not overfilled. Very stupid people intent on punishing a society for being prosperous. I yell at them everytime I have to gerry jug, everytime I have to wipe the gas residue off my gelcoat.
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Jerry jugs have been getting worse over the years. First it was the self venting jugs, now this! Just stupid. We went years with the old ones that had a good spout and separate vent but I guess the regulation writers know better.
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I've had good luck with spouts like that. But yeah, you do have to hold the can upright for a few minutes--I find I can balance it right over the spout.
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