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Installing a Block Paving Manhole Cover

  • Installing a Block Paving Manhole Cover
    Step by step guide on how to fit a manhole cover with block paving inside the manhole lid

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    Stage 1: Remove the existing driveway

    Remove the existing driveway

    Galvanised Recessed Manhole Cover
    Hot dipped galvanised recessed manhole covers can be used to hide existing manholes, the block paving is installed inside to continue the pattern of the surrounding paving.

    Install The Outer Frame

    Cover the total area

    Install The Outer Frame of the Recessed Manhole Cover
    The manhole cover is bedded into place using a 3:1 mixture of sand and cement making sure its at the correct height and fall.

    This can be achieved by using a tight string line from one side of the drive to the other, the line will be at the finished height of your block paving

    Place the manhole cover outer frame onto a bed of sand and cement and gently tap into place until it is flush with your string line

    Haunch both the inside and outside of the manhole cover outer frame to hold it in place and place the manhole lid in place

    The manhole lid is placed inside the outer frame to stop anyone from falling down the manhole<

    Block Paving Around the Cover

    Check the finished height of the sand laying course

    The recessed cover showing the main area of the drive now completed

    A Bed of Sand and Cement

    Screed the sand to the correct height

    A 4:1 mix of grit sand and cement to form a bed for the block paving inside the manhole cover

    Mix the sand a cement together before you add any water, then add a little bit of water at a time until the mixture is what's known in the trade as tacky, when you squeeze a handful together it stays in a ball and does not fall apart

    if you add too much water and the mixture is wet then you will not be able to stop the paving blocks from sinking into the bed

    Cover the Total Area

    Screed the sand to the correct height

    Cover the total area of the manhole cover and lightly compact using a steel trowel

    Piece of Wood as a Guide

    Screed the semi dry mix

    Using a notched piece of wood as a guide screed the total area making sure its perfectly flat

    Semi Dry Cement Bed

    Cut the block paving

    Remove any excess sand and cement mixture

    Semi Dry Cement Bed

    Fill the joints with kiln dried sand

    The semi dry cement bed has been screeded to the correct height and is now ready to lay the block paving

    Line Up The Block Paving

    Line up the block paving pattern

    Use a straight edge or piece of timber to line up the block with the surrounding laying pattern and start to place the full blocks into position

    Mark & Cut Each of the Pieces

    Mark each piece of block paving

    When all the full blocks have been placed into position mark and cut each of the pieces

    Block Paving Manhole Cover

    Block paving curved border

    The manhole cover with all the cut blocks in place

    Kiln Dried Sand

    Putting kiln dried sand between the joints

    Brush kiln dried sand over the blocks and tap lightly on the top of the blocks using a block of timber and lump hammer to vibrate the sand into position. The manhole lid was removed from the frame to put the kiln dried sand in place as extreme care should be taken to avoid any sand getting in between the cover and the frame

    The Finished Manhole Cover

    The completed inset manhole cover

    The finished manhole cover is now placed in position, once its completed all you see in the 4 corners are the heavy gauge lifting eyes to accept standard profile lifting keys which are used to lift out the cover

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