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crudeuser
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Message Posted: Jun 29, 2011 2:55:30 PM

Did you ever wonder where that little sticker on the pump certifying the accuracy of the pump comes from? Twice I've watched the certification process at a gas station. There's a utility truck with oddly-shaped steel vats to hold fuel dispensed from the pump and confirm the pump's accuracy.

It was interesting to watch the process. I did wonder what they do with the gas because I doubt the truck could consume it quickly enough.
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juniperus98
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 11:50:40 PM

Why would the county do it? It's under provincial jurisdiction.
wrmedic
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Message Posted: Feb 5, 2015 11:39:57 PM

In Nebraska state department of weights and measures does it annually.
Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 6:35:08 PM

no
anl0109
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 12:51:55 PM

No, unfortunately. But I always look for stickers... well, last few years anyway. :)
speedfreek
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 11:32:41 AM

no I don't watch or wonder about certification stickers, but I've got favorite pumps at specific stations I always use because I seem to get more fuel from them...

:-)
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 10:06:48 AM

once
dontuknowOH
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 9:57:16 AM

Once after newer pumps were installed. I don't believe it was the county involved.
jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Feb 4, 2015 9:29:19 AM

NO
Nuzan
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 1:30:50 PM

No
Robert8716
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Message Posted: Feb 2, 2015 10:04:19 AM

No
Maintroll
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 8:48:45 AM

In Kentucky the Division of Weights and Measures checks these.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 6:21:32 AM

Oklahoma has this interesting (IMHO) system. They put the amount by which the pump is off on the certification sticker. As a result, many pumps in Oklahoma are biased to give out slightly more fuel than what you've bought.
Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 6:34:10 PM

In Texas, the pumps are checked every two years either by a Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) inspector or a repair technician certified by the TDA to check pumps. They are also checked when a complaint comes in. I have complained about fuel pumps, one station didn't have the current stickers and two others had prices where the sign didn't match the pump. In the case of non-current stickers, the TDA inspector reported back to me that they inspected the station, found the pumps were accurate, and they put up current stickers. Both cases of non-matching prices the price of fuel had changed between the time that I called and the inspector arrived.


[Edited by: Sneakers55 at 1/30/2015 6:34:39 PM EST]
ray44512
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 12:27:59 PM

Yes, twice a year. Once by the owners, once by the county auditor.
eyegotgas2
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 8:21:25 AM

I have never seen anyone checking that ever.
cv
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Message Posted: Jan 30, 2015 6:12:36 AM

Yes, several times.
jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Jan 27, 2015 9:26:42 AM

NO
luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 5:25:57 PM

Federal government does here regularly and there is a sticker on the pump indicating when they last did it.
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 4:16:54 PM

it supposedly happens, but I've never seen it.
Boyrr
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 9:42:31 AM

nope, never wondered
jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Jan 25, 2015 9:23:21 AM

NO
carinthuist
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 3:02:16 PM

once before
JohnCur
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 12:46:06 PM

No
Hemond
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 11:18:17 AM

My city has a Department of Weights and Measures. As one of their duties, city employees visit every gas station and test the delivery of every gas pump.
Mininana
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 10:23:45 AM

hmmm... now that you mention it, no... I remember an old "Gasoline Alley" cartoon (that date mininana, or what?) in which little Joel used to carry around a quart bottle to test the accuracy of pumps... all who remember "Gasoline Alley," please nod, if you can...
ShortyT2014
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 8:56:53 AM

Here, it is the responsibility of the pump owner to do the inspection.
hoopitup2000
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Message Posted: Jan 23, 2015 6:31:59 AM

No, not sure how often they are checked?
forestghost07
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Message Posted: Jul 7, 2013 11:23:26 AM

no but I'd sure like to see, and know it's being done
WEDDY
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 10:28:26 AM

no
PassmyGas
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2013 10:21:28 AM

no
Mikeyl
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 6:34:44 PM

Yup. They check at least once each year and when complaints are received by the public.
d_clark
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 6:04:13 PM

no
nurdco
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 4:25:08 PM

NJ when you complain to state revenue
davisadm
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 11:14:53 AM

I see the stickers all the time, but never seen the testing process.
speedy700
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 9:13:19 AM

Yea, I saw it done years ago when I worked at a gas station.
OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 7:49:54 AM

Saw it done only once that I can remember ...
OilerFan
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Message Posted: Jul 5, 2013 7:26:43 AM

I've never seen it but I see their stamps on the pumps.
ugly46
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2013 9:23:06 AM

Yes
I have even seen them close a pump down because it shorted the buyer.
I have seen the station close a pump down because it gave you to much.
rick_evans
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 5:10:54 PM

Once, yes.
Sipusa
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 11:51:14 AM

Nope
sagnat
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 10:46:30 AM

I've seen the County regulator checking pumps on several occasions. Where I buy fuel the certification stickers are always current.
lwood655
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 9:36:30 AM

yes
the1roadhog
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 8:37:54 AM

I don't usually include that on my list of things to do.
WES03
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2013 7:04:50 AM

Yes..recently in fact.
giwan
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 9:07:04 PM

Like to see it
blckwolf
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 8:40:20 PM

Don't think I have.
JunGleJimBo
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 4:27:03 PM

Yeah, from time to time.

Jim
slaydog103
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 3:43:06 PM

I've seen it once. It was a pickup truck with a couple of metal tubs with a glass piece to view the amount with a measuring stick or device labeled on it. I was checking it out to see how it was working. Guy didn't want to explain since he was working.
GLM4205
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 5:57:38 AM

No
dgsteven
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Message Posted: Jul 2, 2013 3:16:32 AM

no
avman63
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Message Posted: Jul 6, 2012 7:45:44 PM

Yes I have seen them test the pumps.
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