As anyone living in the United States that has bought a gas container in the past several years knows, fuel/gasoline container spouts have changed. The new spouts have a locking/safety mechanism and I have yet to find one that isn't a real pain. The locking mechanism is a minor annoyance, but they leak more often than not when I dispense gas into my lawn mower.

How can I fix/rig my gas can so it works more like the old gas can spouts?

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    Go to a yard sale or garage sale and buy an old style one.
    – Michael Karas
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 21:19
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    The new spouts don't vent well either. I've had a few gas cans blow up like balloons, deforming from rectangular to round.
    – Tester101
    Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 21:38
  • I know, I've even gone as far as looking on foreign websites to see if they'll ship them to the U.S., but apparently that isn't allowed by customs. Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 23:03
  • I'm also checking into the possibility of using a "water can" that looks suspiciously like a gas can but is a different color of plastic. Commented Jun 17, 2015 at 23:18
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    @JoelKeene I guarantee I lose more gas dispensing into my mower than would ever evaporate. Commented Jun 18, 2015 at 11:17

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I'm sure nobody would counsel you to sidestep rules and regulations, but if you google "ez pour water spout", you might find something like a water spout that's similar to an old gas spout that ships to 50 states. (For what it's worth, I might possibly be a satisfied user of this product, but use your own judgment.)

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