Easy Pour Gas Nozzle 02 25 2010
I have never seen a gas nozzle for a portable gas tank that I liked yet. So this inspired me to make something better. Two factors lead to this unique design.
1. At the end of fall I had a portable marine gas tank full of gas. It would go to waste over the winter and could be used in the snow blower.
2. Marine gas tank fittings are usually pretty leak proof.
The nozzle I have created can be attached to the fitting on the gas line of an Evinrude marine gas tank. Everything is made, strong, tight and leakproof.
Using this one first you open the vent on the gas tank to relieve the pressure. Then you hold the end of the line up and attach the nozzle. You then raise and place the gas tank a little higher than the outdoor power equipment you are filling. Put the nozzle in the filling tank. And squeeze the "Lemon" on your line to get the gas flowing. When coming to the top you can lower the boat motor tank to stop the flow and/or raise the nozzle from the tank.
My method does not spill a drop. When you are done all gas is drained back into the tank via gravity as you hold the nozzle higher. Disconnect the nozzle and put it on a pegboard rack in your garage until next time.
The marine gas line fitting on the end of the line seals itself via a spring ball valve.
My device is made from a brass lamp arm and an Evinrude male gas line fitting, Permatex, washers and scrap bolt as a plug. Some drilling to proper hole size and threading with a tap and die was needed. Tap and dies are tools used to put threads on bolts and nuts. A set goes for as little as fifteen dollars at a discount hardware store. They come in standard and metric thread sizes and are hours of fun. It is an art to learn how to use them and fun to try.
You can make your nozzle out of off the shelf parts from the plumbing, hardware and maybe electrical section of your hardware store if you don't get chased out of the store first for asking for the parts to make such a thing- “What do you want to make that for, that will never work." Think of yourself as Tuco the optimizer from the Movie "The Good, The Bad and The Ugly."
The unique part was the Evinrude fitting. I think I purchased it from SportsmansGuide.com for around five dollars. The label reads Sierra 18-8063, www.teleflexmarine.com 2530.
I thought about putting a closing valve on my nozzle but then when it is taken off the line to seal the line there would be pressure and some leakage issues.
I worked at a gas station during college and know to minimize exposure to gasoline and its fumes. You will see me filling my car up with a cotton ball stuck in each nostril.
This is another idea good for the environment and you.
Thomas Paul Murphy
Copyright 2010 Thomas Paul Murphy