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Old 07-25-2007, 03:09 PM
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How do you guys vent your garage to get rid of the gas vapors/fuel smell? I've got a 2 car garage, both cars parked in the driveway. In the garage is a riding mower, push mower, and aprox 8-10 more small engine powered yard things, along with 3 or 4 gas cans. Every time I open the door to go pour me a homebrew from my garage fridge, I'm hit w/ the fuel smell. In fact, it's so bad, my MIL was 10 feet from the door when I came back in and stated "I smell gas".

Now that I think about it, I never really smelled it until I refilled a 5 gallon plastic gerry can I have. Could the vapors be coming from that? Is there a way to vent the garage w/out opening the door? Should I get something to store the gas jugs outside?
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:16 PM
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Sounds dangerous and something is not right. I doubt it's coming from the can - I store 20 gallons all the time in the garage with no odors. Check for leaks in some of your lawn equipment.
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:28 PM
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I store gasoline and all lawn maintenance items in my shed.

Firefly is probably right. More than likely you have a fuel leak on some piece of equipment. You should think about a shed if you have the option.
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:29 PM
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Does you MIL smoke? If so, maybe you should have her take a look around.
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:35 PM
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What you need to do is get yourself an old British car, they leak tons of oil, and that will mask the gasoline smell

I also have a riding and push mower and 3 other small gas powered equip. plus 3 cans and there is no smell. Check for leaks as someone else already mentioned.
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:46 PM
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I don't think you have a "dangerous" problem, a little bit of gas spilled on the floor, equipment while fueling, will create a lot of odor. One thing that comes to mind are the fuel cans. Are they vented? They will expand and contract with a change in temp. I bet that's where 90% of the smell is coming from.
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Old 07-25-2007, 04:59 PM
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I'm with 29.

A little gas goes a long way. Does your garage have any venting? It might not hurt. The only time my garages smell of gas is when I spill it. Or fart.
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Old 07-25-2007, 05:38 PM
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It may or may not be dangerous, but from what you described i'll bet you have a leak somewhere. If you can't locate easily locate a leak, you may still be able to identify the culprit by the process of elimination. Take all of the gasoline powered stuff and gas tanks out of the garage and store them outside (covered) for a few days and see if you still notice the smell. Then you can put them back gradually and see if that isolates it. Might take a while, but i think that would work. Or you could take Tuna Colada's advice and be done with it.

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Old 07-25-2007, 10:25 PM
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I should have added...

We go on these "odor investigations" once in a while on the FD. It normally turns out to be a vent. Seeing you are in SC and it has been hot lately, I might start there.
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Old 07-26-2007, 07:53 AM
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Tuna Colada - 7/25/2007 4:29 PM

Does you MIL smoke? If so, maybe you should have her take a look around.
Now that there is funny!!!!
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Old 07-27-2007, 03:40 PM
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Check for a small leak that is being absorbed into the concrete.
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Old 07-28-2007, 05:14 PM
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Put a piece of cardboard under your lawn tractor and any other equip and look for a leak. Put the gas cans outside and cover them up.
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