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Clay Rodding Point Reinforcement

Postby Oldsch00l » Mon Sep 03, 2018 12:57 pm

Hi, looking for some help/advice please...

I have a rodding point (just off our driveway) for the main waste leading to an ancient septic tank. It’s an uncapped vertical clay pipe that currently sits a couple of inches proud of the ground with a grate balanced on top. The problem has been that larger delivery vehicles occasionally catch it when turning, which recently (unsurprisingly!) resulted in both the rodding pipe and drain, also clay, cracking - now repaired.

We’ve stuck a traffic cone on top of it as a stop gap, but I’m keen to put a more permanent fix in place that will allow the rodding point to be driven over (occasionally) without a major risk of the clay pipes breaking again.

My thoughts are to dig down and cut the clay pipe off below ground level with an angle grinder or hacksaw, to allow some sort of heavy duty cap to be fitted. But I guess there would be some sort of concrete/brick reinforcement required in order that the cap/clay pipe doesn’t take the full weight of any rogue wheels.

Any pointers very much appreciated.

Thanks.
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