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Old 09-22-2018, 07:40 PM   #1
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Need advice to silence a noisy sewer cover

I have a noisy sewer cover that rattles every time a car drives over it and is waking me up. The city won't fix it so that is out of the question.

If I go and jump on the cover it clanks.


The city won't fix.

I was wondering if a quick drying concrete will work? There is lots of gaps around the edges up to 1/4" in thickness in some spots. Do you think if I fill in all these gaps with a quick drying concrete it will stop the clanking? I'll just fill it in at night and put an orange cone over the cover.

Or do you think it will probably still clank even if I fill all the edges in with concrete?


If worse comes to worse I'm considering welding it. I need a way to stop this noise at all costs. I'm not worried about getting in trouble with the police, but I'd rather not let them catch me doing it either. so something quicker is better.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:11 PM   #2
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Epoxy two part FAST drying glue in a caulk tube. Would still allow lid to be removed at a later date ?
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:52 PM   #3
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I was also thinking about the epoxy, but thought it was too expensive.

Do you have a recommendation for what type of epoxy I could use?

I honestly don't know if it ever has to be removed, I never saw anybody in 20 years open it up.
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Old 09-22-2018, 09:57 PM   #4
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Silicon caulking, but it would work best if applied on the bottom which would require removing the cover, putting a good bead or two around the perimeter, then replacing it.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:06 PM   #5
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I don't think I would be able to move it. I did lift it a little with a crow bar, but not sure how I would move it.

I think the epoxy may not be a bad idea I found this cheap stuff on amazon that got good reviews.

https://www.amazon.com/PC-Products-2...words=fix+pc+7

I'll get 1 lbs of it and put it in a caulk tube, and then just caulk the entire epoxy around the whole sewer cover. I'll then place an orange cone over it at night so nobody drives on it.

I don't think it has to stick really, as long as it fills in the gaps tight the cover won't have room to rock and bang around.
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Old 09-22-2018, 10:18 PM   #6
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A big truck, hitting the thing at speed, creates a lot of stress that a rigid epoxy joint may not survive which is why I thought silicon might work because it is resilient, would still allow it to move, but cushion it from banging.
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Polymeric sand. Work it in with a broom well so it fills any gaps below. Water it in per directions....not too little or too much.

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Step 1. Remove grate
Step 2. Call city telling them there’s no grate
Step 3: thank them for the new grate
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Old 09-23-2018, 09:19 AM   #9
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This.

Why would you take it upon yourself to do something that your tax dollars would pay to fix?
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He’s implied that the City has already refused to fix.

It’s been my experience that the squeaky wheel gets the greasing when it comes to government. But bureaucracy can be so outrageously trying that many good folks give up in disgust.

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Old 09-24-2018, 05:08 AM   #11
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Need advice to silence a noisy sewer cover

A very adhesive and flexible product that might also work fine. Urethane caulks

https://www.lowes.com/pd/BASF-NP1-12...Caulk/50107148

https://www.quikrete.com/productline...acksealant.asp


Fast dry epoxy so


https://www.homedepot.com/p/PC-Produ...2561/100653148

https://www.homedepot.com/p/Quikrete...2031/203604182

A good contractor supply store should also have products.
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Old 09-25-2018, 05:27 AM   #12
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kevins idea is by far the best!
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Old 09-25-2018, 08:25 PM   #13
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With the getting in trouble thing, I'd lean towards something that is not permanent and is the easiest to remove if they ever do have to work on it so you get in the least/no trouble. There could be some sort of emergency work that needs to be done and epoxy could really cost them a lot of time.

I say stick some wood shims in the gaps and call it a day.
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Simply turning it a 1/4 of a turn might do the trick.
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Old 10-08-2018, 02:31 PM   #15
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I was thinking about maybe using Polymeric sand.

I have read someplace else on the internet that someone recommends to use sand and it lowers the clanking by like 1/10th.

My thinking is why use polymeric sand over regular sand? The issue I see with polymeric sand is it will harden after water is applied, and when cars continue to drive over it, it will break up and cause gaps.

Regular sand will fall into the gaps and continue to fill the gaps if any sand washes away. I may have to add additional sand every once in a while but no big deal.

Do you guys think the polymeric sand is a better idea or regular sand?

I tried rotating it and it didn't help, it is very hard to rotate it. I had another sewer cover a year back and rotating did fix it but it doesn't seem to work on this one.
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