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55 gallon metal

by TONI H / February 5, 2016 6:53 AM PST

I have a used 55 gallon metal drum that I plan to store extra kerosene in. It has two plugs on large for the fill nozzle, and one smaller one I assume is like a 'vent'. Both are embedded with no 'sides' to grab with pliers or channel locks to unscrew, but have what looks like upright 'clips' deeper in the plugs (two in each plug) that a pair of pliers are too fat to grab hold of because one side of each clip is so close to the edge. How do I remove the plugs so I can then turn the drum upside down and drain the last of the liquid out of it and 'air dry' it before reusing it? I looked online for a 'wrench' but none looked like the design I need for the plugs and I don't know if I already have tools here that would actually work.

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Which one?
by JP Bill / February 5, 2016 7:22 AM PST
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by JP Bill / February 5, 2016 7:25 AM PST
Drum Wrenches

Hammer and a screwdriver/chisel/punch usually works also.
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Not picturing the plugs but do they look like this?
by Steven Haninger / February 5, 2016 10:54 AM PST
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My plugs are called Tri-Sure
by TONI H / February 5, 2016 12:02 PM PST

and are metal plugs, not plastic. However, the garage that sold me the drum said I can use a regular wrench, lay it inside the 'cup' part of the plug where the 'posts' are located and just turn it because the wrench will use the posts as stoppers. I can use a smaller wrench to do the same on the smaller plug. There is a special tool I can buy for about $30 (twice what the drum cost me lol), but I'll try the wrench instead since I have a wide variety of them. I only need to finish emptying the fluid inside by leaving it upside down for a while and 'shaking' the drum every so often (it'll be up on concrete blocks to keep the drum from rusting out on the bottom once turned upright again) and once it's empty, I can turn it upright, leave the plugs out but lightly cover the top to keep weather/dirt/bugs out of it and/or put it into one of my concrete outbuildings while letting the fumes finally leave. I have until the middle of March to get this done before my next kerosene delivery so that should be enough time, I would think.

The drum originally held methanol diesel fuel for racecars....which is why I want to empty and air it out before the kerosene gets here. Since, right now, I have to climb on a ladder to get to the plug on my 275 gal. tank of kerosene to syphon into smaller 2-5 gal. containers for my portable kerosene heaters for use when my power goes out, the smaller drum, closer to the ground and easier to syphon from would be ideal for this 70-yr.old who is prone to dizzy spells from having lost three disks in my neck and nerves being pinched now. Me and ladders, especially if my head is tilted backwards or my arms have to be raised for any length of time like when I have to clean gutters or ceiling fans, don't get along anymore.

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Well, I could have suggested
by Steven Haninger / February 5, 2016 12:16 PM PST

loosening them by heating with a propane torch but, since you mentioned they'd contained racing fuel, I'll withdraw that idea. We don't need any more investigations for possible terrorist attacks right now. Happy

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That's why I was also
by TONI H / February 5, 2016 12:30 PM PST

leery of using a flat head screwdriver and tapping with a hammer to loosen them...I was afraid of sparks, but have been 'assured' that because the plugs are made of zinc or copper or bronze, that "shouldn't" (I use that word loosely) be an issue. LOL

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