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    Measuring devices for bulk oil and hydro fluid?

    So I got this five gallon bucket of hydro fluid. Now to dispense and measure. Do I want the lid/pump type dispenser that snaps over the bucket, or do I want a spigot (yes) and a measuring device (yes)
    I went to Tractor Supply, and not a thing in the place to measure fluids by the quart. Not even a feeding bottle for a calf. Then I hit Bi-Mart. Again, nothing. Unless I want Pyrex (nope). Then I hit the Auto Parts store. And, nope. That was three strikes. I quit and went home.

    Someone please direct me where to go to get a measuring device for petroleum products.
    I was going to rob the Tupperware measuring cup from the cupboard, but it's "cups" not quart either.
    Maybe I'll settle for a tippy spout device and call that need filled. Now for a spigot.

    The measuring devices, problem solved. I robbed some good ole Tupperware from the kitchen. They were doubles anyway.
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    I just use an empty jug I have around - like an old washer fluid bottle. Cut it open around the top as needed but keep the handle. Then measure in 1 quart or 2 and mark the jug. Yeah - maybe not meant for petroleum products but it free and have plenty of them.

    Can also use empty 5 quart oil jugs the same way which already have the markings on them with a little clear window to see. Lots of them around also as I don't throw stuff like that away.
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I just use an empty jug I have around - like an old washer fluid bottle. Cut it open around the top as needed but keep the handle. Then measure in 1 quart or 2 and mark the jug. Yeah - maybe not meant for petroleum products but it free and have plenty of them.

    Can also use empty 5 quart oil jugs the same way which already have the markings on them with a little clear window to see. Lots of them around also as I don't throw stuff like that away.
    I considered doing that. We have commonalities
    We're now minus two pieces of Tupperware in the kitchen
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    I use a Lisle 6-quart jug like shown below. It has capacity markings along the side. If I were to buy another I would get the one with a lid so it stays cleaner. If using 5-gallon containers the trick is to lay it on the bench with the spout at 12 o'clock. Then slowly roll the bucket until oil starts coming out the spout. You can pour very precisely using this method. I believe there are some YouTube videos demonstrating the technique. The less pumps and spouts you use the better chance of keeping the container clean. Myself I prefer to use 1-gallon containers.

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    You can get these at almost any antique store,,,



    I might be showing my age, but, the 4 gas stations I worked at all sold oil using these glass containers,,,
    I even worked at one gas station that sold used oil,,
    he let the oil set for several months, then sold it,,, at about half the price of unused oil.

    If your car was a real oil burner,, used oil was good enough,,,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    I considered doing that. We have commonalities
    We're now minus two pieces of Tupperware in the kitchen
    I’ve been know to raid my wife’s cabinets also - turkey basters beware!
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    Quote Originally Posted by jgayman View Post
    If using 5-gallon containers the trick is to lay it on the bench with the spout at 12 o'clock. Then slowly roll the bucket until oil starts coming out the spout. You can pour very precisely using this method.
    I now have two containers. 1 gallon (marked 1,2,3,4 quart), and 1 quart. That was my original plan, spout at 12 o'clock/rolling. I was wanting to be fancy, but there's really no need for the added expense, given the application and frequency of use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Boonie View Post
    I considered doing that. We have commonalities
    We're now minus two pieces of Tupperware in the kitchen
    And what do you want us to say at your funeral when you get caught?

    I would never do that, she would shoot me; with my own gun.
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    Quote Originally Posted by MDrew View Post
    And what do you want us to say at your funeral when you get caught?

    I would never do that, she would shoot me; with my own gun.
    It would be of natural causes. Besides, I'm the cook of the homestead

    My miss's will probably still scorn me
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    Quote Originally Posted by coaltrain View Post
    I just use an empty jug I have around - like an old washer fluid bottle. Cut it open around the top as needed but keep the handle. Then measure in 1 quart or 2 and mark the jug. Yeah - maybe not meant for petroleum products but it free and have plenty of them.

    Can also use empty 5 quart oil jugs the same way which already have the markings on them with a little clear window to see. Lots of them around also as I don't throw stuff like that away.
    I use washer fluid jugs too.
    I'll use the wife's kitchen measuring cup to pour in water and mark quarts on it with a sharpie.
    I've had oil and mixed anti freeze in them for years. They hold up very well.
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