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Old 08-21-2005, 09:59 PM   #1
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Manhole Cover

I'm about to start tiling a basement bathroom, with 12 and 6 porclein tiles. On one side of the room there is this manhole cover that I need to tile around, the cover is level to the concrete floor but after I set my tile the new floor will be about 1/2 an inch higher. I'm worried about the cut tiles that will be around the cover, will the finish start to flake off after wear and tear from people walking over them? Or is there some kind of metal finish piece I can use or something similair that would prevent something like that happening?

One other Q, what is the best way to cut a large radius over several porclein tiles?

Thanks a bunch

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Old 08-21-2005, 10:08 PM   #2
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Hi Rob, you can use grinder with a diamond blade would prolly be the best. If you use a wet saw you run the risk or tweaking the blade. The cut edge won't wear. What is it a sumpump hole?
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Old 08-21-2005, 11:10 PM   #3
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Cripes! Sump pump sounds like a good guess. We donít have basements or manhole covers on the left coast, so sounds good to me. Either a sump-pump cover or a door to an underground troll labyrinth. If itís the latter, weld the sucker shut, trolls are notorious tool thieves and collect money at bridges . . . oh, wait . . . no . . . thatís tolls, nevermind.

I wonder if a guy could adhere CBU to the cover and tile it, leaving the bolt holes open/accessible, and caulk the circumference/perimeter?

Just taking a stab in the dark here,

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Old 08-22-2005, 09:20 AM   #4
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Rob,

Have you considered covering it with wood. Like some Grade A Veneer Plywood. Make it square so you don't have the angle cuts, and have a recessed pull ring to lift to board up when you want access to the manhole?

This in my opionion would look a whole lot better than seeing a manhole cover.

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Old 08-22-2005, 01:36 PM   #5
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if it is a manhole cover just cut a 4in. hole in it and set your toilet over it with an extra thick wax ring!
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Old 08-22-2005, 11:00 PM   #6
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hee he hee, oh man.

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Old 08-22-2005, 11:05 PM   #7
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Rob,
You can use Schluter -Schiene edging metal to protect the cut tile edges but it will take a careful hand to bend it smoothly. Buy a couple of strips just in case. But after the floot has been set tight to the manhold cover, inset metal shims under the cover to lift it until it's level and weld the shims into place.
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Old 08-24-2005, 06:26 PM   #8
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I love that cover...sooo cool and in your very own home!

But, I'd swap it out for a "New York City Water" or a "Chicago Transit Authority" or maybe even a "Los Angeles Light and Power"...

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Old 08-24-2005, 10:10 PM   #9
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Actually, its in the basement of my church. I've volunteered my labor to design and renovate the bathrooms. I believe the cover leads to a troll cave... but thats just a guess!

Thanks for the advice Shaughnn about using the metal tile edge, I think I'll try that but I'm not sure I got all of what you where saying... Are you recommending tiling over the top of the cover so that both are on the same level? If I do so, how would I do that?

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Hi Rob,
I meant to suggest that you tile *up to* the manhole opening. Leave the manhole cover bare. Come to think of it, since it's probably a standard sized manhole, there is likely a source for an extender ring. They often use these extenders when streets are being repaved and they are welded to the existing manhole frame.
You can then raise the bare manhole cover up to the level of the finished tile by tack-welding washers to the inside of the opening to lift the manhole cover into position.
Hope that cleared things up?,
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