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How can he dispose of leaking basement oil tank?

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Q. I bought a handyman’s special to flip for less than 65k. An old huge oil tank in the basement is leaking like a sieve. What are the requirements for disposal of this tank, cleaning up the entire basement and installing a new tank? Is it a job I can handle myself?

MIKE, in Hotton’s chat room

A. Hooboy, Mike, get thee to a tank replacement company as fast as you can. It is definitely not a job that you can do. Call your oil dealer for names of tank disposers, or find them in the Yellow Pages. A company will pump out the oil, save it, break up and remove the derelict tank, and put in a new one, and fill it with the saved oil. Some will help in cleanup.

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