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Would you care to enlighten me on the issue with CARB-approved gas cans?

Asked by TexasDude (25199 points ) May 22nd, 2011

I keep reading stuff people post online where they bitch about how their “spill proof CARB-approved jerry cans” leak constantly and how they wish they could find “pre-ban” jerry can spouts.

I’ve googled around a bit and I still can’t figure out what the deal is. Were the old style (and apparently more functional) jerry can spouts banned by the California Air Resource Board? Why? And why do the approved cans apparently suck so much?

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incendiary_dan's avatar

Seemed to me that there were just too many moving parts. If we’re talking about the ones with springs on the nozzle, I’ve seen those come off.

TexasDude's avatar

@incendiary_dan that’s what seems to be the issue with the “approved” nozzles, but I’m trying to figure out why the old cans would be mandatory-ly replaced by less functional and more complicated ones. The only place on the interwebs that I’ve really found any vague info on the issue is here and it’s basically a bunch of guys saying “Goddamn EPA makin’ me use shitty gas cans.”

Did the older cans leak fumes or something?

Axemusica's avatar

I’m not sure about this issue, but I have poured a many gas cans in my life & I can tell you that newer age cans suck massive elephant balls. It takes ages to pour into a tank & leaks all over with their specially designed venting system or whatever… The older cans with an air vent on one side and a nozzle on the other (IMO) pours faster with less mess. K.I.S.S. keep it simple stupid

TexasDude's avatar

@Axemusica yeah that’s what everyone on the internet seems to be saying. I’m trying to figure out why the EPA or CARB or whoever it is decided that it would be more environmentally friendly to go to a shittier gas can and/or what it was about the older cans that was so ostensibly bad for the environment. I’ve never actually been exposed to any of these new cans myself.

incendiary_dan's avatar

I dunno, why did they make everyone change over to digital TV when the analog worked better? Probably to make people buy new stuff. Though I heard the gubmint also wanted those frequencies for something.

TexasDude's avatar

@incendiary_dan yeah, I guess I should know better than to expect a rational reason behind many of the things “they” expect us to do…

Axemusica's avatar

yes….. “they”

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