This came to me via a reader. Apparently, after working to make sure that toilets, shower heads, and washing machines no longer work as well as they used to, government regulators have ruined the gas can. I still (thankfully) use my old plastic can that is about 20 years old, but apparently two changes have been mandated
- There is a self-closing mechanism at the end of the spout that work fine in modern cars designed for this technology but don't work at all in lawnmowers and boats. By my own observation, most gas cans are used to fill machinery other than cars.
- There is no vent. Yes, there is no way to let air smoothly into the can as gas is poured out, meaning for gas to pour at all air must come in through the spout. This results in slow and erratic flow rates.
Readers may remember my showerhead hacking. Though I had not heard of the new gas cans, several of my employees had. It turns out that to run a business, there is no way you want your folks filling a boat motor with one of these new cans, it takes forever. Fortunately my folks have already figured out how to hack the cans. It is easy to drill and tap a hole in the soft plastic, and insert a screw plug. Then, this plug can be removed to vent. Of course this is less safe than the old cans with a simple, non-removable snap on plug cover -- it is easy for someone to forget to plug the vent.