# How Do You Convert Inches To Gallons For An Oil Tank?

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“Sounding” a tank is how oil levels were gauged before meters and instruments took over the task of determining the level of the tank’s contents. You can use the same method for any tank lacking a gauge–for example, your home heating system–if you have a measuring tape and a calculator. First, you need figure out how many gallons of oil are represented by each inch of the tank’s height. Then, by measuring how many inches of oil are in the tank, you can determine how many gallons of oil remain in the tank. Calculate the size of the oil tank by measuring the dimensions of the tank with a measuring tape, then multiplying the length of the tank by the height of the tank. Multiply the result by the width of the tank. For example, if your tank is 36 inches by 22 inches and 18 inches deep, multiply 36 by 22, then multiply the result by 18. The result is 14,256, the number of cubic inches in your tank. Divide by 1,728, the number of cubic inches in a cubic foot: 14,256 / 1,728 = 8.25. This (