Moving an Existing Oil Tank

Project: Basement Finishing and Family Space, Episode 3, Part 2



Bob is in Melrose where John Ambrosino of Total Temperature Control installs the new heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Because of clearance issues, the unit is installed horizontally and tied to the joists with steel rods. Ambrosino explains how the unit pulls air in for exchange, to be heated or cooled, then pushes it through a fan and into the ducts for circulation. The 16 SEER unit is very big for maximum efficiency, quiet operation, and up to 45 percent savings over current energy costs. Mark Hagan shows Bob the Trane CleanEffects whole-house three-stage air-cleaning system that cleans the air of 99.98 percent of particulates, filtering first for large particles, then charging the small particles and capturing them in a collection filter for healthy indoor air. Don Adams of Bond-Tite Tank Service shows Bob how they move the oil tank, reattach it, set it in a trough to catch leaks and drips, and apply Tank-Guard to isolate condensing water and prevent tank corrosion. Bob talks to Howard Brickman about how to control squeaking floors either by drawing the wood floor tight against the subfloor with screws, connecting blocking to the joists and subfloor from below, or shimming the space between the subfloor and joists.

Part 1: Installing and Explaining a Basement HVAC System
Part 2: Moving an Existing Oil Tank
Bob explains how the family decided to stay with oil heat, especially since their oil tank was recently replaced. Bond-Tite Tank Service moves the tank into the new utility room in order to make room for the basement playroom. Don Adams of Bond-Tite Tank Service reviews the steps taken to move the tank. First the oil was drained and pumped into the truck. Once drained, the connecting pipes were removed from the tank and the oil line was disconnected. Normally Adams does not recommend moving old oil tanks but he is confident in this case because the tank was installed by his company only two years ago. The tank is set down in a 25-gallon tank tray to catch any drips or leaks. The tank's legs are set so the tank is level. The pipes are reconnected to the tank. David Lodding of Lincoln Laboratory reviews how water condenses inside oil tanks and can lead to corrosion over time. The best way to prevent this is to put a liquid corrosion inhibitor into the tank. Tank Guard moisture inhibitor comes with a warranty should the tank ever fail.
Part 3: Fixing Squeaky Floors

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