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    Big oil mess

    We've had a heat wave here, and the plastic jug I bought for used oil storage (yeah it was designed for it) burst dumping a bunch of oil on the floor. Any suggestions on how to clean up the mess. Luckily it's in corner where I don't travel much. I wont have time until this weekend to clean it up.
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    Nitrile Gloves and lots of brake cleaner.
    Soak up as much as you can with paper towels then start with the brake cleaner. Depending on the finish of the concrete it should get all of it.
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    Throw down some kitty litter...maybe some laundry soap like tide powder.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Throw down some kitty litter...maybe some laundry soap like tide powder.
    That works most awesome.
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    +1 on the kitty litter (speedy-dry) and powdered detergent (not soap). Works great on oil spills (don't ask!)

    And thanks for bringing up the issue of storing oil in hot weather. It's upwards of 95 here right now and the oil was put in a jug back when the temp was around 50 so there has been some expansion. And since I drained exactly 4 L out of the RT, poured 4L of new oil into the RT, and then poured the used oil into the 4L jug, there isn't any room for expansion. I'm going out to the garage right now to check on the jugs. Great, now I have to check used oil pressures in addition to tire pressures.

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    I predict before we are done here, we'll have a brand new oil thread- "What is the best container to store your used oil in during hot weather?" "And does it matter if it's regular or synthetic?".

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    Quote Originally Posted by 20774 View Post
    Throw down some kitty litter...maybe some laundry soap like tide powder.
    Also rub the kitty litter with a brick and really grind it in. You will be amazed. Then I would try the brake clean.
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    As with anything, the longer you wait to clean it up, the more stain will be left. There will be a permanent stain by this weekend.




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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    I predict before we are done here, we'll have a brand new oil thread- "What is the best container to store your used oil in during hot weather?" "And does it matter if it's regular or synthetic?".
    Don't know what is best, but a gallon milk jug is one of the worst. Seems to break down within a week or so after filling with oil, regardless of temperature. Recycle ASAP.
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    What do we do when the jug's sight glass blows out???

    and is it ok if the level is an eighth-inch above or below the dot?

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    For those that play with wood, sawdust works great too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ClassicVW View Post
    I predict before we are done here, we'll have a brand new oil thread- "What is the best container to store your used oil in during hot weather?" "And does it matter if it's regular or synthetic?".
    I use a five gallon plastic gas can, one of the red pre-EPA models. When it's close to full I haul it to the local FLAPS and dump it in their recycle tank. I've used it for several years without incident and it gets pretty warm around here in the summer (114F today).

    Kitty litter works great for oil spills.
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    I use the five gallon plastic jugs that the kitty litter comes in.

    If you use the Brake Cleaner in significant amounts and in an enclosed area you should use an appropriate respirator/protector.
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    Not to sound as if "I know so much" but oil spills are everyday in a shop & oil cleanup with clay (aka kitty litter) is old stuff. Why pay more for kitty litter-is there some reason to have perfumed oil spills???
    Wally world sells clay in a bag as does most AP stores & costs less.
    Beware!-sawdust works OK but becomes flammable after oil soaked so careful you do with the contaminated sawdust! Not many "good places" for oil soaked sawdust. There was a time when it was fairly common the use it for floor sweeping to pick up dust-OHSA stopped that practice, as did common sense/fire safety.
    Paper towels-why cut down a tree to clean up oil? newspaper would do the same thing but still your dumping oil into a landfill-a nono! Honestly, I don't know where the leftover cleanup stuff (like clay) should go?
    I save dirty oil in the jugs it came in & dump at AP's store in the back. I "get ahead" on "dirty oil space" via 5 gal pails from lacquer thinner buys or paint pails.
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    Quote Originally Posted by na1g View Post
    And thanks for bringing up the issue of storing oil in hot weather. It's upwards of 95 here right now and the oil was put in a jug back when the temp was around 50 so there has been some expansion. And since I drained exactly 4 L out of the RT, poured 4L of new oil into the RT, and then poured the used oil into the 4L jug, there isn't any room for expansion. I'm going out to the garage right now to check on the jugs. Great, now I have to check used oil pressures in addition to tire pressures.

    pete
    Keep in mind, I had purchased a large used oil container at the local hardware store. While I had filled it up somewhat, it was still mostly air in there. I'm sure it was the air that expanded to burst the container and not the oil.
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