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"Safe" gasoline containers

Is it just me or does it seem like whoever designs "safe" gasoline containers are trying to kill us ? Each time I purchase one of these plastic containers and try to use it they seem more complex and now you almost need two people and four hands just to pour gasoline out of them. Much of the time I end up with gasoline all over the place because so many contortions are required to operate the things. And I'm not exaggerating much.

The latest container has no way to hold it except like a football, no handle, and then with the other hand you are expected to twist a safety locking feature around the spout and then pull it in towards the center of the container to release the gasoline all the while attempting to keep the spout inside of whatever you are filling with gasoline trying not to spill it.

One or two more "safety" features and the containers will be completely unusable.

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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

What do you expect when a government (California - CARB) selects and then mandates the mechanical design of 'gasoline containers'?
Ask yourself what other government designs and programs are 'successful' beyond the 'theoretical' but never quite functional in actual practice.
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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

I totally agree. I've spilled more gasoline from the new containers than I ever did from 60 years of using the old ones because they just don't work worth a d@mn.

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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

A pet peeve of mine also.
If your referring to the spouts with the green twist lock here is a way to make them a little more user friendly. Take a dremel tool and slice the green knob then peel it off. That gets rid of the lock. Although you still have to retract the spout, it gets rid of the locking mechanism.

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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

I agree, too. Instead of relying on the finicky spouts I've resorted to using a siphon to get gas out of the newer containers. A long length of plastic hose attached to the inbound end of a gas line squeeze bulb and a 4" to 6" piece of hose on the outbound end works very well. Once the squeeze bulb gets the flow going be careful about potential overflow.
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Get something like that my friend

Automotive Accessories & Parts - Tooluxe 5 Gallon per Minute Fluid and Fuel Siphon Pump

It works even during passage at sea.


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Funnel real neat invention!...Dale

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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

Here is a real neat siphon that is "so slick" you'll want to get a couple of them:

Also the link to the Gander Mountain store: Wonder Pump - Gander Mountain
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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

I agree!
On top of this, military fuel cans are illegal now! (to buy new ones) I've been trying to buy some new ones because they are virtually indestructible and don't leak. Good luck. I'm going to have to drive to Canada so i can pick some up and they are MUCH cheaper there. (Scepter Fuel Cans)
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Re: "Safe" gasoline containers

There for many siphon devices on the market, they all work well supposedly before they all wrap up in the package.

Be the time you need it, they all curved up and pain in the butt to get them stay put at the bottom of the tank. I prefer the one that has a straight rigid pick up hose.


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