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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 7:46 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oooh fellas, please don't start talking about building codes, it always worries me! Our house was 'family built' about 80 years ago. It's built on bog and vibrates every time a big lorry, or heavily-laden tractor goes past. OK when we first moved in but there is more activity on our road these days. Shocked

Sometimes think, if we ever get flooded, the house will break free from it's 'moorings' and float off down the road. Laughing
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 9:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They surely did exist back then. The grades change according to the expected weight of traffic. I think there are six grades ranging from pedestrian to HGV. If you have oil heating then the cover should have been strong enough to cope with the lorry.
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The original cover was very solid-looking cast iron. A coal lorry cracked that a couple of years ago, surprisingly. It was replaced with a strong new galv steel one.
it wasn't the cover that broke, this time. It was the material securing the cover's frame into the Tarmac that failed. The inspection chamber is about 3'6" square and the cover is smaller. It turns out that the frame of the cover was only supported properly by masonry on one edge - the rest of it was held up by a slab of mortar 'reinforced' with a couple of steel bars. That was what broke and collapsed. The wonder is that it has lasted 30-odd years!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 18, 2015 10:42 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Cowboys!
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