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    Default Getting a stick out of a petrol tank.

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    I know a genius .... who doesn't need to be named that dipped the petrol tank on the tractor too see if there was enough fuel in it to cut the grass..... and managed to drop the stick I can see it down there with a torch floating happily. I'm not really keen on it breaking up and making a mess of the fuel system. Surely there is other poeple out there as stupid as ... er ... "this person" so have a smart way of retrieving the stick.

    The simplest way I can think of it to just fill the tank ... It will sit there floating at the top for me to grab with two fingers .... So I looked at the specs. The damn tank hold 80litres I don't have enough $$$ to spare to fill it (not to mention filling it 20litres at a time from a drum is bloody hard work!).

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    Hi Shane, you could probably get it out with one of those claw ended grabber things. I have one that I think I got from a $2 shop. Will post a pic if I can find it. They are quite handy cause they fit into small spaces and can pick up little things.

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    ETA pics and details. This is it, about 50 cm long which might be too short? Little claws open to about 17 mm.

    Getting a stick out of a petrol tank.-claw-thing-1.jpg Getting a stick out of a petrol tank.-claw-thing-2.jpg
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    Make a lasso out of some tube (eg conduit) and wire.

    Fold the wire in half and feed wire down the tube so there is a loop sticking out the one end. where the two ends come out of the tube these are what you pull after you have put the loop end into the tank and hooked the loop over the stick.

    Good luck with it.
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    Drain it, fill it with water, get the stick out, drain it, etc.
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    You'd be surprised what can be retrieved from a pipe or well with one of these. Make one from wire and try it. Getting a stick out of a petrol tank.-pipe-retriever.jpg
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    Dear Fathead,
    Get a long thin piece of wood, create some loose bands in it with wire, and run a piece of thin wire up it, under the bands, ending in a loop at the end. Slip the loop over one end of the stick and pull the end to tighten it.

    Do the operation at night, holding a very bright torch in your mouth.

    OOPS.... just noticed that Col suggested the same thing.

    OK...my contribution....do it at night. You'll have much better success.

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    At night at least your stupidity won't be noticed.
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    I have a similar claw device as Kaye - been used many times and very useful. A few dollars in an auto shop.

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    Diesel won't harm the stick as much as petrol, I reckon.

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    Can you charm it out, snakewise, with a magic flute?

    Or, park it on a slope, so the fuel flows to the end with the filler.

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    You could toss a match in to burn the wood thereby not having to pick it out? Again best done at night.
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    Ignore the wood and keep on motoring.

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    How about "Fetch, Rover"?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Beano View Post
    . . . holding a very bright torch in your mouth. . . . .
    What if he coughs in the middle and drops the torch in the tank as well?

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    Quote Originally Posted by renault8&10 View Post
    You could toss a match in to burn the wood thereby not having to pick it out? Again best done at night.
    Video or it didn't happen.

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    You learned this using a snare for crays?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Roland View Post
    What if he coughs in the middle and drops the torch in the tank as well?

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    or if he swallows the torch, the light shining from inside him will just be a bit brighter.

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    Quote Originally Posted by COL View Post
    Make a lasso out of some tube (eg conduit) and wire.

    Fold the wire in half and feed wire down the tube so there is a loop sticking out the one end. where the two ends come out of the tube these are what you pull after you have put the loop end into the tank and hooked the loop over the stick.

    Good luck with it.
    Agree good idea but very cruel suggestion. You KNOW it'll always lassoo successfully but with just too long a 'short' bit beyond the wire to pull it out....

    Wood in petrol? Might it last forever without decay? Cork floats go for decades.
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    Even if the wood rots away the fuel filter should catch debris?

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    When you fish the wood out,grab a length of yellow tongue off some ply flooring sheets,make great dippers.
    Audio installers also use it to run wiring under headlining etc.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JohnW View Post
    ... You KNOW it'll always lassoo successfully but with just too long a 'short' bit beyond the wire to pull it out.... . ...
    Just like the classic monkey trying to get the nut out of the bottle problem.
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    Quote Originally Posted by denxm View Post
    When you fish the wood out,grab a length of yellow tongue off some ply flooring sheets,make great dippers.
    Audio installers also use it to run wiring under headlining etc.
    When I was a young chippy working on site I used to hate bloody electricians pinching the yellow tongue as soon as your back was turned, we'd be trying to finish off a floor with half a dozen yellow tongues missing..

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    Shane:

    a) Surely you have got it out by now! Good suggestions above.

    b) If not, you could just leave it in there to be dissolved, call it bio fuel.

    c) If you don't like the idea of putting water in to raise the level, try filling the tank with small rocks until the fuel level rises enough to reach the stick (as per the clever magpie video).

    d) Get a longer stick for next time!

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