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Propane Tank Installation

August 14, 2014

Out in the country, the gas company in town doesn’t provide gas lines, so to have a gas cooktop or gas heat for one’s home, one must have a gas tank.

I ordered ours from Southern Propane, the local provider & it has taken almost a month for it to arrive. After my phone call from the company scheduling delivery I immediately called Dale the Digger to make sure he was available.

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When I arrived, Dale, having dug the hole for the tank a week ago, was at work smoothing the driveway with the extra load of rock we had. I opened the barn then climbed on the tractor to start bush-hogging while waiting for the delivery. I was very important in this process – I had the checkbook!

Just after 9am the big truck climbed our hill, stopping where Dale directed the driver. “That’s good chert,” the delivery man commented to Dale & they launched into a discussion about the various types of dirt encountered in this area.

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The tank looked like a mini-submarine to me, even a periscope coming out of the top. Far too heavy to be placed without machinery, Dale moved his backhoe into place.

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His new assistant, Jay the delivery man, attached the chain then stood back.

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No wasted motion by Dale, the tank stayed level with little swaying.

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Jay climbed on top once it was set down so he could release the chain…

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…& make sure the tank was level.

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“Just off “half a bubble.” “Do you have any 4-inch blocks left from the barn installation?” “No, we used them all.” “I have some in my truck. Let me get them.”

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Before Jay climbed back into the hole Dale asked,” Don’t you want to take the anodizers with you so you don’t have to climbed out again?” “That’s a good idea,” Jay replied then headed back to his truck for 2 large boxes. “One romp, two rabbits, I always say. No reason to waste the trip up if you don’t have to.”

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The anodizers are magnesium to keep the tank from rusting out.
Jay worked to connect 2 insulated wires from the anodizers to the tank periscope but seemed to be having some difficulty. “You need another pair of pliers? I got one right here in my pocket. I don’t leave the house without my pliers,” said Dale.

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Plastic hood placed, though the regulators & copper wire must still be attached.

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Then Dale the Digger began covering it lest a “tornado blow up & carry this thing all the way to Nashville.”

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Result: Enough showing to make it functional once we have started house construction but deep enough to keep it from blowing away.

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After writing the check I was back on the bush-hog hoping the promised cold front was coming soon.

Note: I took these photos with my phone since I forgot to bring my camera. None of the photos were enhanced, lightened or darkened. It was a beautiful day! The cold front did arrive just before I finished mowing.


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