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 Oil tank whistle
Author: magnumdd (NY)

Whats the best way to replace the whistle on the vent of a 275 gal home heating oil tank. The tank is piped out in copper. Cut the copper above the whistle, replace and put back with a compression fitting? I assume it would not be safe to solder a coupling in, as there is oil in the tank. Or can you?

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 Re: Oil tank whistle
Author: hj (AZ)

The safest way, for you, would be to use a compression coupling of some kind. I would connect it back using a soldered union so it would be easier to replace the next time.



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 Re: Oil tank whistle
Author: RWP (SD)

The safest thing to do is to replace the copper with iron pipe that should have been installed in the first place. This is a fire code issue and the copper piping does not meet code nor does any compression fittings of any kind.

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 Re: Oil tank whistle
Author: zl700 (MN)

Purchase a new gauge/vent alarm combo and re-pipe with steel pipe as its supposed to be.

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 Re: Oil tank whistle
Author: packy (MA)

makes no sense to me. if copper is acceptable for oil piping underground, what makes the difference if you use it for a vent?

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 Re: Oil tank whistle
Author: zl700 (MN)

Copper for oil lines with no joints is acceptable. To many @#$%& might use a torch to sweat a fitting on a full tank

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 Re: Oil tank whistle
Author: Paul48 (CT)

Make sure that vent is the same size as the fill pipe. This is to make sure someone doen't burst your tank using the fast-fill from the truck.When that happens, you have someone standing there waiting for a whistle that will never come, as he fills your basement with heating oil.

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