What was wrong with the nozzles on the old gas cans?

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  1. illinoisguy

    illinoisguy Well-Known Member

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    I'm rotating my gas in the garage and ended up breaking the ring that holds the nozzle on. This can is not that old.

    Then I removed the nozzle off another can that is similar and takes a team of engineers to operate.....rotate and slide and hope to god that the o-ring doesnt come off the end into the gas tank...if it does, that tank is shot.....

    give me a break while I rant.....


    thankyou....
     
  2. Ozarks Tom

    Ozarks Tom Well-Known Member

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    Some people call it progress. I'd like to see some real progress, like a gas can nozzle that goes through that #@@# ring inside the filler tube.
     

  3. HermitJohn

    HermitJohn Well-Known Member

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    Dont you just love a combination of govt regulation and corporate greed. Walking hand in hand off into the sunset....

    I've not tried redesigning one of the plastic gas can spouts. But I have some old steel jerry cans I use for diesel. I used to have a steel flex spout. Well it leaked and wasnt great, but sort a worked. It got misplaced or run over or something, cant remember. Anyway I wasnt going to give big bucks for another one (they are crazy priced). I just went to lowes and bought some pvc fittings and made a spout that screwed into the jerry can. Best spout ever. I imagine something like that is way to one has to fix the plastic cans too though the plastic cans dont use pipe threads so not going to find fittings that just screw on. You'll have to be creative coming up with an alternative flange for the spout.
     
  4. arabian knight

    arabian knight Miniature Horse lover Supporter

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    Ah yes you are talking about the new ones.
    I Absolutely LOVE them~!!!!!!!!!!
    Which means now with my arthritic hands and wrists, FINALLY and fill the gas tanks easily.
    Now all i have to do is Rest that new nozzle on the lip of the tank and tip the entire gas can up and the weight of the can pushes down and the spout opens and fills the tank up. I then can lift it back up the nozzle snaps closed, and NOT ONE DROP of gas is being spilled. Fantastic idea.
    This is even when using a 6 gallon gas can too. So it is HEAVY, I absolutely will be switching over my small gas can as well to the new nozzles.
     
  5. VERN in IL

    VERN in IL Lacto-Ovo Vegetarian

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    Eagle metal cans are the only ones worth their salt! Pricey, but they are metal, USA made, and the last cans I'll buy.

    They don't have the stupid contraptions.
     
  6. Ken Scharabok

    Ken Scharabok In Remembrance

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    The new nozzels are designed such as they get their air from inside the tank, not from the other end of the handle. I merely drill in a hole and put a lag bolt in it for air flow. Somehow the end cap keeps getting lost. I tapered down a short section of dowel rod to replace it.
     
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  7. Ohio dreamer

    Ohio dreamer 1/2 bubble off plumb

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    House full of new can haters here, too. Poor DH can no longer figure out how to open the %&** thing to re-fill it, as he's often doing it one handed. DS, our mechanical genius, is at a total loss on how to work the darn things. I can do it, but hate getting called away from what I'm doing to deal with it. We are planning to take a drummel tool to one of those lids and see if we can at least cut off the ratcheting latch! That will help the re-filling, but we'll still be stuck with the nightmare pouring it.
     
  8. Ohiogal

    Ohiogal Well-Known Member

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    Hate them too, I replace them as soon as possible. I've been finding old spouts at garage sales and flea markets to replace the newfangled spouts. Last night I had to put 4 gallons in my car (running too low) and as usual, my hands got drenched with the $$$ gas I had in there.
    I seriously doubt whether the improvements were made for the disabled. It was the EPA that deemed that fumes destroy the ozone layer. What they didn't get was that the average Joe overrides the "safety" factors on changes like this and the pollution problem is even greater with the new spouts as they are not in use.
     
  9. carasel

    carasel Well-Known Member

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    Ken, instead of keeping up with a seperate plug.
    Drill a hole in the plastic can and screw in a radiator style drain plug. Open it to let air in while pouring. This is probably a violation of some federal environmental law.
    When your done just close till it stops. Don't tighten it closed. This keeps it from coming loose from the plastic.
     
  10. arabian knight

    arabian knight Miniature Horse lover Supporter

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    Yes that is correct. That is why it works so well and a older cans that already have that vent hole on the other side. LOL
    That 6 gallon gan I have the new nozzle on is over 15 years old. The new nozzles works great on those kind of older gas cans.
     
  11. mothernature

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    Progress: Something that takes the place of something better!!! If the government is going to make us use %@#%^ ethanol gasoline they can at least let us have good gas can nozzles!!
     
  12. Nimrod

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    The gas can spout change is your gooberment at work. The new spouts are not supposed to spill and release gasoline into the environment. I like the old style spout with the vent on one side and a translucent, corregated spout on the other. You just open the vent, remove the cap, and pull the spout out. I like them because you can bend the spout into the opening on the tank and you don't spill any trying to get the spout into the opening. It might leak a few drops where the spout comes out of the can. When you try to pour from the new style you have to try to line up the spout with the opening in the tank as you start pouring. I usually miss and spill up to a half cup of gas. This is not an improvement on how much gas gets spilled. The gooberment employees have to justify their jobs.
     
  13. plowjockey

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    I borrowed one of those newer, expensive metal cans, that now have the flexible metal pour spout, that you have to squeeze two handles together to get it to pour out.

    After a minute or so that that, one will appreciate having a "kung fu grip" ( I don't).

    I did feel "safer" using it. :(
     
  14. tinknal

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    I hate them too, but I wouldn't worry about that o ring. It won't interfere with the draw in older vehicles, and the newer ones have a filter sock that will keep them out of the pump.
     
  15. texican

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    AK, you must be using a different kind than me! I loathe them... I did an internet search, trying to find the sorry sack of .... that 'invented' em, so I could send disparaging comments their way...

    I can fill them up... no problem. I have not once been able to unfill them even once, without spilling fuel. The short nozzles are ........ worthless... less than worthless.

    A month or so after they mandated these new spouts, I saw in my local Ace store, 'kits' with the old spouts, with multiple fittings. Replaced my main containers worthless spouts.

    Two months ago, I needed another one, and got one locally. Filled it with fuel. Two hours later, I set some groceries in the back of the truck, and accidentally bumped the tank... gasoline blew out the nozzle and blinded me. Luckily, I had some micro water bottles in my toolbox... I was able to find the bottles blinded, opened several and started flushing my eyes out... "seeing" was iffy for the next hour. Can imagine what kind of condition I'd'a been in if this happened down in the remote river bottom, and I didn't have water handy. Odds are, my eyes would have been seriously blistered.

    Ever meet the gent who invented the nozzles, or the congresscritter that mandated it, I do believe I'd chump slap or puke on em...

    Can ya'll tell how much I actually do 'love' the new cans? :grump:
     
  16. arabian knight

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    This is what I have and love it.
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    You see the Entire from section the top 4 inches or so, slides down to let the gas out, It has a Lip that I can rest on the top of the gas tank, and press the gas can Downward to open the nozzle and bingo all the fuel goes in without a spill.
    Lift it up a little the nozzle is spring loaded and it snaps closed again no spillage.
    I have them at my Farm and Fleet store and this will fit the offer plastic gas cans. Like I said my can is a 6 gallon one roughly 15 years old.
     
  17. ufo_chris

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    i bought one of these but didn't know and when I went to pour some in my car I almost gave up because there were no instructions on the can or spout, only an arrow on the spout that gave me no clue.
    it wasn't bad once I figured it out but man it was frustrating!
     
  18. tyusclan

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    If you notice the new ones are CARB (CALIFORNIA Air Resources Board) compliant. As usual, California came up with an idiotic idea, and our bigger idiots in the EPA thought it was such a smashing idea they made it a regulation for all of us. Regulation, not statute, not law, no legislation from congress, either at the California or federal level. Yet another example of an out of control bureaucracy at work.
     
  19. woodsy

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    Someone is going to hurt themselves with these new gas can contraptions.

    Have you noticed the contorted posture you have to assume to pour gas from one of these alone ? LOL

    Gas can spout design fail.....
     
  20. Micahn

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    Went to fill up a can the other day and snapped the top right off putting it back on.