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    Default Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Hey all,

    My wife and I just bought an older house. Thoughts?
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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Picture is not very clear, but it looks more like a well casing to me.

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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Picture is not very clear, but it looks more like a well casing to me.

    Jack
    This may be a dumb question - but what kind of well do you think? (water?)

    It's by the garage, and a fence has now been built over it. The entire visible square structure is no larger than approx 1 ft x 1 ft...

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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Yes a water well. Try dropping a line down in it.

    Jack
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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Yes a water well. Try dropping a line down in it.

    Jack
    It's all filled in with dirt.

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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Probably abandoned when city water or a new well was dug. They are suppose to be filled in when abandoned. What is the diameter of the pipe?


    Jack
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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Quote Originally Posted by JLMCDANIEL View Post
    Probably abandoned when city water or a new well was dug. They are suppose to be filled in when abandoned. What is the diameter of the pipe?


    Jack
    Not very big - the opening entire square cement structure is about 1 x 1 ft....

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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    The filler pipe for an oil tank will usually have a cap of some sort. The vent pipe would also have some kind of cap or gooseneck to keep rain from entering.

    It's hard to tell from the pictures, but this looks far too open to be a fuel tank.
    The "Senior Member" designation under my name doesn't mean I know a lot, it just means I talk a lot.I've been a DIYer since I was 12 (thanks, Dad!). I have read several books on various home improvement topics. I do not have any current code books I can refer to. I was an apprentice plumber for two years.

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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    Quote Originally Posted by Fencepost View Post
    The filler pipe for an oil tank will usually have a cap of some sort. The vent pipe would also have some kind of cap or gooseneck to keep rain from entering.

    It's hard to tell from the pictures, but this looks far too open to be a fuel tank.
    Thanks! Feel a lot better now

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    Default Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

    If the box is about a foot square, I'm guessing the pipe is 6 or 7 inches in diameter which is to large for a fill or vent pipe. That is the size used for well casings.

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