Manhole Covers

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  1. MuddyPuddle

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    We've just moved into our new home which has a driveway alongside the property - ideal for parking our MH.... or so we thought - problems arise with 2 awkwardly placed manhole covers which I'm not sure are safe to drive over in Ruby (3.65 ton Autotrail FB) Does anyone out there have experience of similar problems and if so, how did you a) work out the max weight the cover takes or b) manage to upgrade the cover to make it safe to drive over?. thanks in advance for all suggestions.
     
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    I am sure it will depend on the type of manhole cover.
     
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    If its pressed steel I doubt it will take the weight, if its cast iron then probably ok.

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    as a rule of thumb, if the manhole is pressed steel its barely suitable for a small car to drive over. changing for 5 tonne rated cast iron covers and frames is a heavy but straight forward job. a friend of mine damaged his work van when a manhole on his drive gave way and the wheel dropped down.
     
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    If it's the oblong tin looking thing , no, if it's round or triangle cast iron ones , same as in the road , should be ok
     
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    Great minds think alike(y);)
     
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    Thanks Big1 It is pressed steel and the last thing we want is to damage the MH so replacement to a higher rated cast iron cover seems to be the way to go.....or maybe just lay a heavy metal plate over the existing cover while we park up or move off the drive?
     
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    A metal spreader plate will cost as much as a new manhole cover and will need to be 300 -400mm wider and longer than the manhole its covering so using 6mm plate would be very heavy. plus flat plate steel tends to be slippery too
     
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    I would change the cover . it is just as cheap. and some might think that a large metal plate would look better with them.
     
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    Should that not be a personhole cover?



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    Thanks Big1 - V grateful for your replies....will go with the suggested replacement 5t manhole frame and cover... Just have to find a man who can fit it now for a reasonable price :)
     
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    If your near Bournemouth I might know a reliable man who could do it for you
     
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    my job involves changing manhole covers in the road and domestic property's for thames water.if the covers are damaged and your manhole serves another property as well as your own,thames water will replace the cover free of charge.or any other water authority will do the same.
     
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    Thanks Big1 but we are up North near Sturminster Newton
     
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    Thanks but the cover isn't damaged and only serves our house :-(
     
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    [​IMG] View Large Image
    Clark-Drain 5 Ton Steel Manhole Cover & Frame 450x600
    Product Code: 240730

    • Depth: 30 mm
    • Width: 450 mm
    • Length: 600 mm
    • Material: Galvanised Steel
    • Brand Name: Clark-Drain
    Standard solid top galvanised steel access cover complete with Polypropylene frame.

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    22 Reviews
    Wickes £18.29

    The only problem with these covers is that they rust from below. I have had one on my drive for over 10 years


    (y)
     
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    [​IMG]this is somethink you need q ease to fit
    travis perkins or like them
     
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    Thank you for that tip, Chris. You might have just saved me a job I've been putting off :)
     
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    Put our vans front wheel down a manhole cover on the drive a couple of years ago.. It was a small round cover.. But was cheap garbage and just shattered. Luckily no damage to the van or tyre.
     
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    If it shattered it was more likely cast-iron.... iron breaks, steel bends
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