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Tip - Drain gas into a clear soda bottle

Whether I'm working on a snowblower or a lawnmower, if the problem is not starting or running lousy, I drain the gasoline into a clear soda bottle for two reasons.

If there is water in the gas, it will sink to the bottom of the soda bottle and you will see it.

I also want to view the color and clarity of the gasoline. Fresh gas is some what clear. As gasoline ages, it starts turning golden and then increasingly darker.

If the fresh gas has water in it, it will quickly sink to the bottom. However if the gas is old and there is water in the gas, the gas will be cloudy looking and it will take a little time for the water to separate and sink to the bottom.

I always save the gas to show to the customer. Surprised there is water in the gas and insisting they use fresh gas!

Then I put it into a 5 gallon container using it for parts cleaning and when I have 2+ 5 gallon containers, they go to the bi-annual County sponsored recycling day. (And wait in line for 90 minutes!)

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Great tip!

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Thanks for that great tip!!!

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Great tips! Just one small suggestion, be careful using gas for cleaning parts. I'm sure my body is about 95% poisoned from the crap I've put my hands in over the years. Please wear gloves and try not to burn the garage down like I did as a kid when gas splashed onto an old style trouble light. Oh well, at least it wasn't my garage...
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..... and try not to burn the garage down like I did as a kid when gas splashed onto an old style trouble light. Oh well, at least it wasn't my garage...

LOL....
Reminds me of me when I was a kid. My mom used to use old fashioned bowling alley wax on the hardwood floors. The can of course was marked "flammable!". For some reason, I just couldn't believe that it was true, so I tried lighting the wax, and a wax soaked rag that was in the can.....in the basement.



Good thing Mom was home. She actually heard the puff as it ignited, and ran downstairs to help me put it out.
That can should have been marked: "Really burns like a s.o.b.!", but then I probably still wouldn't have believed it until I tried it....
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Good tip.

i got a stomach infection that almost killed me when i was young because i was using gas for cleaning parts or something else. however i had a nasty habit of licking my fingers once in awhile and this caused the infection. it would have been dangerous with any degreaser or cleaning solvent. so it was my fault regardless.

have had a couple close calls with gasoline so I have 4 fire extinguishers and big bags of baking soda in the garage.

i keep 3 jars in my garage to show people: fresh gas which is almost clear, a jar that is slightly yellow , and a jar that is darker color like you mentioned. i show people what age does to gasoline and why so many people complain about starting issues on the first snowfall of the season.

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Good tip.

i got a stomach infection that almost killed me when i was young because i was using gas for cleaning parts or something else. however i had a nasty habit of licking my fingers once in awhile and this caused the infection. it would have been dangerous with any degreaser or cleaning solvent. so it was my fault regardless.

have had a couple close calls with gasoline so I have 4 fire extinguishers and big bags of baking soda in the garage.

i keep 3 jars in my garage to show people: fresh gas which is almost clear, a jar that is slightly yellow , and a jar that is darker color like you mentioned. i show people what age does to gasoline and why so many people complain about starting issues on the first snowfall of the season.
I will never forget the one time I tried to siphon diesel fuel for my dad. Didn't time it right and got a big old slug of fuel down my throat. I was sick for quite a while!
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LOL....
Reminds me of me when I was a kid. My mom used to use old fashioned bowling alley wax on the hardwood floors. The can of course was marked "flammable!". For some reason, I just couldn't believe that it was true, so I tried lighting the wax, and a wax soaked rag that was in the can.....in the basement.



Good thing Mom was home. She actually heard the puff as it ignited, and ran downstairs to help me put it out.
That can should have been marked: "Really burns like a s.o.b.!", but then I probably still wouldn't have believed it until I tried it....
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A Mr. Funnel will strip the water out of the gasoline or diesel fuel if you want to use it for fuel.
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This is a great tip.... I have been doing it for quite a while, but I prefer using Glass Bottles...Usually the drink bottle, such as Nantucket Nectar's. It seems safer than plastic, plus the cap seals tighter. I got into the habit from doing 2-stroke engine repairs. When a customer brings in ANYTHING 2-Stroke, I drain the fuel(?) in front of them, while I'm writing the repair order. Many of the home owners use straight gas in their 2-Stroke equipment. I realize that it may be confusing for them, because 4-stroke wackers are much more common now. But at least if the engine is destroyed due to improper fuel, they see it before I do any testing. It eliminates any questions about what caused the damage. Plus there is no sense of it sitting in my shop if they aren't prepared to spend any money on it.

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