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Fuel tank removal

Discussion in 'Demolition' started by bpogue, Apr 28, 2013.

  1. bpogue

    bpogue Well-Known Member

    Feb 1, 2010
    I am looking at a tank removal job for one of my clients. I have talked the state Department of Natural Resources about the job and have some experience removing tanks with another company. But I am a little confused by the tank construction. The report calls them out to be 6000 gallon fiberglass coated steel tanks. How do you dispose of them? Can the fiberglass be removed to get to the steel to scrap it?
  2. Oxbow

    Oxbow Senior Member

    Nov 22, 2012
    If it is fiberglass coated then perhaps it could be sold as a viable tank? If not I am not sure about scrap value.
  3. Turbo21835

    Turbo21835 Senior Member

    Oct 20, 2007
    Road Dog
    How do you plan on deconing the tank, before or after its out of the ground? You can try and scratch the fiberglass off with the hoe before you yank the tank. We try to beat the tank out of shape a bit and try to get the fiberglass to separate. I promise, it will make a big ass mess if you are able to get the coating to come loose.

    Most of the time it doesnt come off fast enough to be worth our time. We will uncover the tank, make sure its empty. Then vent with our venturi nozzle and air test. Then we use the rivet buster with our tank cutting bit and open it up in the ground. Do our normal confined space program, clean and drum sludge. Then use oil dry and scrub the tank down. Then we finish digging and removing the tank, then load it out on a flatbed and send it to the scrap yard. We will take the deduct on the metal due to the fiberglass coating still being there.

    I doubt you will want to risk selling a tank that has been in the ground since at least the early 90s.