Lifting a manhole cover (2 Viewers)

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Emptying the toilet cassette inside the house never seems to go without some sort of incident so I've decided to empty it in the future down the foul drain manhole in the garden. But, how to lift the cover with a dodgy back? Mustang have various products on their website (https://www.mustangtools.co.uk). Which tools do other funsters use?
 

icantremember

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Emptying the toilet cassette inside the house never seems to go without some sort of incident so I've decided to empty it in the future down the foul drain manhole in the garden. But, how to lift the cover with a dodgy back? Mustang have various products on their website (https://www.mustangtools.co.uk). Which tools do other funsters use?
I carry various manhole keys to lift covers in emergency when out and about.
However, for home use I have adapted a stack pipe ......
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That’s not an option for me I’m afraid. Both my foul waste pipes run inside the house and exit underground. The manhole is the first opportunity to access the foul drain after the toilet inside.
 

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If your drain cover in your garden does not have to be load bearing i.e. driven over, then change the cover for a lightweight version, which is what I did for the one just outside our kitchen.

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I. Have a lightweight metal cover so I drilled two holes in it and threaded a piece of rope through and knotted bothe ends, works very well
 
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When we stayed at two on Tour’s (thank you very much) he bought manhole keys and I used them with a webbing strap looped through handles so I could lift cover standing up.

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We use a crowbar just to lift it to one side, doesn’t have to be fully off. However, I have got emptying it in the downstairs loo off to a fine art 🤣
 

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Yours may be different, but most kitchen wastes are not connected to the foul sewers.
Er they should be. Any grey water is waste and thus foul.

If the property has separate foul and surface water drainage, as opposed to a combined system, then only rainwater should be in the surface water system since that could be discharged without treatment direct to the ground (soakaways) or to various watercourses (streams, drainage ditches, rivers).

Anyone lifting manhole covers to dispose of toilet cassette waste needs to be sure they have a foul and not surface water drain.
 

icantremember

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Er they should be. Any grey water is waste and thus foul.

If the property has separate foul and surface water drainage, as opposed to a combined system, then only rainwater should be in the surface water system since that could be discharged without treatment direct to the ground (soakaways) or to various watercourses (streams, drainage ditches, rivers).

Anyone lifting manhole covers to dispose of toilet cassette waste needs to be sure they have a foul and not surface water drain.

Never seen a house where they are not.
Yes, you are both correct(y) .. just a senior moment on my part.:doh:

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Yours may be different, but most kitchen wastes are not connected to the foul sewers.
Ours is but it’s not a house built within the last 70 years.

and sink waste and foul waste go into the manhole.
the rainwater is soak away only here.

and if rain water goes into the same system then it reflects in the water rate charges.
 
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We've got a plastic cover to one side of the outside kitchen basin / washing machine drain. Its only about a foot in diameter and I use this, used to have 3 screws into it but Ive never replaced them. Confirmed that its definitely a sewer drain by getting the wife to flush some loo roll as I observed, just to be 100%

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Anyone lifting manhole covers to dispose of toilet cassette waste needs to be sure they have a foul and not surface water drain.
Unfortunately we are sure it is sewer as we have seen waste from our neighbour that no-one wants to see go by :eek:

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If your drain cover in your garden does not have to be load bearing i.e. driven over, then change the cover for a lightweight version, which is what I did for the one just outside our kitchen.

I like the idea of a lightweight cover. My foul drain manhole cover has a circular lid that's a fraction over 24" in diameter so I'll have to have a google around and see what I can find. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
 
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I like the idea of a lightweight cover. My foul drain manhole cover has a circular lid that's a fraction over 24" in diameter so I'll have to have a google around and see what I can find. Thanks everyone for the suggestions.
I’m assuming your’s is made of cast iron , you can also get plastic ones ( very light )
usually a direct replacement
 

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