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Adduong
Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?

Hey all,

My wife and I just bought an older house. Thoughts?

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

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

Jack

Adduong
Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

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...

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

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

Jack

Adduong
Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

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

Jack

It's all filled in with dirt.

JLMCDANIEL
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

Adduong
Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

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....

Fencepost
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.

Adduong
Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?
Fencepost wrote:

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

JLMCDANIEL
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.

Jack
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Adduong
Re: Is this a buried oil tank vent pipe?
JLMCDANIEL wrote:

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.

Jack
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Thanks Jack. Appreciate your insights.

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