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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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