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    Just thought I would post this in case anybody has the same situation....

    Had my septic tank pumped out last week. It's a concrete tank about 35 years old. The lids had some cracks in them the previous time that I had the tank cleaned but this time they were breaking apart and could not be re-used. The original lids were cast without any reinforcing in them.

    The sanitation guy told me that you can't get a concrete lid anymore and they could install a poly adapter and riser for about $500 (parts and labour).

    I decided to cast my own concrete lids. The lid is 24" square, about 3-4" thick and the edges are tapered at 60 degrees. I made a form using 2x4's and cut the compound angles on the radial arm saw. Screwed the boards together and attached a piece of plywood on the bottom.

    Picked up a couple 18" rebars for handles. Used the acetylene torch to heat and bend the rebar to shape.

    I mixed up a bag of concrete mix and poured it into the form. I laid in a piece of steel mesh to reinforce the concrete and put in the handle. Then I mixed a second bag of concrete and poured it into the form. The two bags was exactly enough to fill the form.

    After a couple days of curing I have two new lids at a total cost of $30.

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    All you need is dimensions and common sense and you can get her done.

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    Good job, now you have 470$ for something else!

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    Quote Originally Posted by staticrider View Post
    Good job, now you have 470$ for something else!
    More like $470 that I don't have...

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    You made a good job out of a ****ty job. lol

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    your a home owner that used his head. and not just his wallet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lobsterpot View Post
    your a home owner that used his head. and not just his wallet.
    I always hate paying someone if I can do the job myself. I have become a "jack of all trades".

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    Quote Originally Posted by dogdayz View Post
    I always hate paying someone if I can do the job myself. I have become a "jack of all trades".
    or as I like to call it a "Domestic Engineer"

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    Outstanding! You could off put a 6 or 4 inch pipe with screw cap in lid then pour lid.So that when you have to pump tank again just screw cap off pump and screw cap back on.No more broken lids from frequent pumping.Also easy to add septic tank treatments frequently.

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