What To Do With Oil Pails That Are Always In The Way! Part 2

Thu Jul 21, 2011 9:23 pm

Well onto the 2nd part. In my mind I wanted to make sure that spills were kept to a minimum. Even before I started this project, spills were a concern especially since those pails are heavy and hard for me to hold up and pour the contents into a funnel propped up into a liter bottle or a 4 liter jug. Either way a mess waiting to happen. So this afternoon after I got the pump into the pond I started in on the rest of the project.

1st step was to make 3 more of the tops with the spigots or drum faucets as they are more properly known.

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Find the center.

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Use a 1" Forstner bit and drill the hole.

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Thread the drum faucet into the top.

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I wanted to make sure that there would be no leaks at this joint, so since I had a tube of Blue RTV Silicone that was hardening up, I decided that I would use that to make sure that the joint between the drum faucet and the plastic top was leak proof. So a small bead was placed around the base of the faucet where it meets the top.

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The next step was to put em on. Since I don't currently have a 20 liter pail of Hy-Tran/Perma-Tran I made the top and installed the chain and hair pin. Just have to wait till I can get up to our CaseIH/Global/New Holland dealer to pick up a pail. That should keep me in fluids for a while.

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Tighten until snug. I also decided that since there was a lock feature, I would take advantage of that. This would prevent any possible accidental release of lubricants that could make a mess of my nice floor :roll: :lol: , so I took some hair pins and some left over scraps of light swing chain and voila! ... instant locks that don't get lost :idea:

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The last thing that needs to be done was to make the fitting for the used oil container. I did that this afternoon as well. Good thing I have lots of parts left over from hydraulic, sprayer and other projects. This stuff comes in handy. Used a 1/2 NC" to 1/2" NPT adapter which I sealed in place and then added a 1/2" NPT to 3/4" NPT street elbow for the filler spout and the left over 3/4" NPT Pipe Cap for when the funnel is not being used.

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Add a funnel on a chain and poof ... All Done :!: as Abby says :lol:

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One of the side benefits of this project is that we all know buying in bulk can save you a fair amount of money. If I had to buy my lubricants in 4 liter jugs it would cost me about $20.00 more for the equivalent volume. So this is one way of having a little extra in the Cub Fund :)

Oh pay no attention to the temporary electrical. Hopefully it will be gone shortly. And no, there is no lubricants in the yellow pail :roll: yet :wink:

Re: What To Do With Oil Pails That Are Always In The Way! Pa

Fri Jul 22, 2011 11:46 am

rudi,
i like your setup. looks like a good solution to your problem.
i have similar spigots at work, however they twist open and closed. available through mcmaster-carr.
i had the same problem with storing bulk wd-40, and lacquer thinner. so, i saved two heavy plastic "square" pails--their lid is already threaded, and threaded deeper than the lid you have to work with. all you have to do with these is punch out the bottom of the threads and screw in the spigot. the spigot is ALL poly, and turns open and shut.
so, if this idea can help someone, and they have access to the "square" heavy duty plastic pails, i will tell you it works great!
but rudi, way to work with what you have!!
mark

Re: What To Do With Oil Pails That Are Always In The Way! Pa

Fri Jul 22, 2011 9:06 pm

Mark:

Thanks for the kind comments, they are appreciated. I have added the last two pics that show the Used Oil pail.

One of the things I wish I had access to was the type of cover you describe .. sort of like the bung in a 55 gallon barrel. Now that would be pretty much leak proof. I have the bungs.. just don't fit in a standard 5.28 US Gallon/20 liter pail. :(

Re: What To Do With Oil Pails That Are Always In The Way! Pa

Sat Jul 23, 2011 11:20 am

Nice set up Rudi! For you guys that don't have a set up like rudi, you can pour into a bottle the same size opening as a soft drink by rotating the opening to the top to pour. this allows the pail to be almost horizontal, and you can have very good control of fluid comming out with NO burps! I was shown this trick by a floor maintainence tech. As the pail empties, you can rotate the spout to the side, then bottom. Just make sure that there is room in the spout for air to enter spout so no vacuum is caused. Hope I didn't confuse anyone too much. Also when using a 5 gal. pail to store used oil for proper disposal, I put a short piece of small dia. tubing down the hole in the funnel to let air escape as oil is being poured in, no more nasty burps!