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LarryMarg
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 1:48:15 PM

This may be a silly question, but if there's a box with 2 nozzles (so two people can fill up simultaneously, one on each side), does that count as one pump or two?

Assuming the answer is 2, what about a box with 4 nozzles (one on each side for gas and another one on each side for diesel). Would you still count that as 2, because no more than 2 people can fill up at a time?
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Sneakers55
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 7:26:14 PM

Most of the MSL entries for stations around here indicate that the station has 0 (zero) pumps. I've been fixing this as time and patience permits.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2013 11:51:52 AM

"So it's the number of vehicles that can fill up simultaneously?"

Yes
ziyulu
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Message Posted: Nov 24, 2013 7:15:16 AM

So it's the number of vehicles that can fill up simultaneously?
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2013 4:20:36 PM

"Round here, if there are two hoses hanging off one dispenser, they are numbered #1 & #2. That equals two pumps. Two vehicles can fill up at the same time.
Retired-Coastie
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Message Posted: Nov 20, 2013 9:18:22 AM

A "PUMP" is the dispenser, whether that dispenser has one nozzle or two, one grade of gas or five (yes I have seen a single nozzle able to dispense five grades of fuel.)

Just as in the days of old when you had three hoses hanging their for three grades of leaded gas, and one for diesel, it was still only one pump.

Another way to prove the point is to look at the "pump number" posted on each side of a pump unit. Their is only one number on each side of the pump, not one for gas and one for diesel.
Gas_Buddy
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 9:43:49 PM

Not a silly question, but here's a bad analogy:

It's no different than a car capable of seating four passengers but has only two entrances; it's got two doors (whereas if four people can enter at the same time, it's a four door); if two vehicles can fill up at the same time from two hoses from the same gas station island (even though there's only one dispenser hosting the two hoses), it's a two pump station. That you can use either the gas or the diesel pump is irrelevant because you can only serve one vehicle at a time.

CampKohler
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 6:01:39 PM

IMHO, it is the number of auto-sized vehicles that can refuel at the same time in a manner normally used by customers to do so. The number would not be changed to reflect inop pumps due to temporary maintenance issues.
scoutmaster
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Message Posted: Nov 8, 2013 4:26:52 PM

The number of pumps = the number of vehicles that can fill up at one time. 4 units with 2 nozzles per unit = 8 pumps
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