When the mowing season ended and winter was approaching I emptied my two 5-gallon gas cans and planned to get fresh gasoline next spring. I noticed the salvage job I had done on both cans a few years ago and thought I’d pass along the tip.
My cans were made by Chilton. I think the company was bought by Blitz. I found one which looked like mine on ebay and they were asking $65 for it. I don’t remember them being expensive twenty years ago. They have seen a lot of use and held up well except for the plastic tethers holding the spout cap and the vent plug cap.
When the original caps broke off I substituted whatever was handy to serve as a plug and I continued to drop and lose those things and I was always looking for a replacement. Eventually I went to the shop and welded up the ones I am currently using and attached them to the container with nylon cord. This solution has worked perfectly for several years.
Perhaps the plugs aren’t really needed that much but I believe they keep gasoline from sloshing out during transport and prevent water from entering the can if they are left out in a rain. If the can got tipped over they probably wouldn’t stop some leakage.
If plastic breaks, replace it with steel seems to be part of my mindset.
|Spout & vent plugs drawing|
|Spout plug cross section|