Your fuel tank does not have a trap door? So you have trouble checking the condition of the fuel and cleaning your tank. The laying of a trap door ( hatch or inspection hatch ) on a tank of fuel is an effortless operation, even for a novice! The most reliable outboard motor has all the facility to install it.
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Equipment needed to install an inspection hatch on a fuel tank
- An electric siphon pump to empty the tank.
- The cans to collect fuel.
- An electric drill and a drill adapted to drill the holes that will accommodate the fastening screws.
- A jigsaw to cut out the location of the hatch.
- A trap door with seal and fixing kit.
- A marker to trace the location of the hatch on the tank.
- A trawl is suitable for making threads on the holes of the fixing screws of the hatch.
- A sandpaper P60.
- A sealing paste.
- of gloves
- The goggles.
- Equipment for cleaning the tank: cloths, detergent, absorbent cloths, and raclette.
How to install an access hatch on a fuel tank?
Empty the tank
It is necessary to work on an empty container for two main reasons:
- Metal debris resulting from cutting the location of the hatch and drilling holes that will accommodate the mounting screws may fall into the tank and pass through the fuel lines. This can damage both the edges and the fuel filter.
- The cutting and piercing operation produce heat. On a fuel tank, this can significantly increase the risk of explosion and fire.
If your tank is still full, then use a siphon pump to suck up all the fuel in it. The ammunition must later be recovered in drums.
If it is clean and does not contain any impurities or mold, then you can pour it into the tank after laying the hatch.
If you are going to work on a tank of gasoline, then double vigilance, because the gasoline vapors contained in the tank can ignite if the heat released by the cutting is very high. So be sure to work in a well-ventilated area.
If necessary, remove the tank to avoid risks!