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Created On: 03 April 2013 11:35 AM
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 03 April 2013 11:35 AM
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I am due to move house in the next week, and it appears that the manhole cover in the drive is a category B (car only) and therefore will not be man enough to drive over it with the removals lorry.

Once I'm in, I'll be replacing it with a catergory D cover but, on moving day, I'm thinking of placing protection over it (something like 6mm checker plate) to ensure that we don't break the lid, and end up stranded!

My query is that I can't seem to find a reliable source of information on maximum loadings for something like checker plate, and wondered if anyone here was in possession of such.

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 03 April 2013 06:12 PM
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There were some firms around that used to manufacture cable duct systems with steel lids.
Try a Google to see who makes them and ask there opinion.

We used to use Elkington Gatic for man hole covers in loading docks etc..
Not sure if they're still going..... built like a tank.....
 31 August 2013 12:14 AM
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Elkington covers are indeed fantastic at huge loads, but unfortunatly you will have a problems picking up a lid in excess of 60kg, and not have specialist equipment. A sheet of boiler plate will be fine, or even blockboard for a one off occurance.
Are you sure that the lorry will touch it? Domestic lids will always take a skip lorry a few times before they give up so im sure a removals lorry will be fine.

Lack of planning on your part doesn't make it an emergency on mine....

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 04 September 2013 09:27 AM
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Got to ask a daft question....but how did the previous occupants move in, or out?
Or is it a new build?
As Pete says, although it may not be suitable for use on the high street, once in a while shouldn't hurt. A sheet of board would help spread the load though.
PS. No you can't sue me if I'm wrong and the lorry does fall down the hole
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 20 September 2013 10:18 PM
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Isnt the lorry more than one accel so even if if did collapse (course rear wheel) then still cal least drive away.

I imaging it reverse in drive unless u got a massive drive.

If worried cover it with 2 6mm plates or safolding battons but I dont expect much from them

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 30 October 2013 01:21 AM
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surely this is not the first time that the removals people have encountered such a problem?

A bit off piste but I am reminded oFf a BBC engineer who owned an old Rolls-Royce but apparently did not realise its total weight. While trying to park in a street behind Shepherd's Bush Green he wandered onto the pavement and ended up in the coal cellar of the adjacent Victorian dwelling! There is nothing new not nowhere.
 20 November 2013 05:57 AM
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This seems to be a very difficult issue

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