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Snow Blower Oil Change Tips

Add a permanent oil drain extension tube to your snow blower to simplify oil changes and avoid an oily mess.

By the DIY experts of The Family Handyman Magazine

Add galvanized extension nipples

Most snow blower engines have a drain plug design that's guaranteed to drip smelly oil all over the machine and floor. Instead of cleaning up the mess every time, modify and extend the drain hole with galvanized nipples and a coupler, elbow and cap. Start by tipping the snow blower on its side (remove the gas first with a turkey baster) so you can attach the nipples and fittings without bathing in leaking crankcase oil. Install a nipple to extend the drain out far enough to attach a 90-degree elbow and then take a downward path (see photo).

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Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

    • Pipe wrenches, 2

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

    • Galvanized nipples (steel pipe)
    • Galvanized 90-degree elbow
    • Galvanized cap
    • Pipe joint tape

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December 12, 12:49 PM [GMT -5]

A nipple is a short piece of pipe with male pipe threads at both ends. It is used to connect two female threaded galvanized steel pipes. The length of the nipple is specified by the overall length including the threads. A "close nipple" has no unthreaded area and is virtually unexposed when connected to two female fittings.

Galvanized nipples are made from zinc-coated steel. They are commonly used for outdoor and industrial applications. They may be used in most applications with the exception of underground lines. These nipples work best with cold water lines, but are suitable for hot water lines as well. The main advantage of using galvanized nipples is their superior rust resistance when compared to black and copper nipples.

April 23, 10:42 AM [GMT -5]

Looks good - but what are these nipples and where would I get them?

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