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raised manhole covers what to do

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by devinraptor, Oct 2, 2012.

  1. devinraptor

    devinraptor Junior Member
    Messages: 20

    I recently picked up a few new communities that don't have the top coat on the roads. So the manhole covers are still a few inches above the first coat. Anyways what's the best way to deal with these. A few local guys said a rubber cutting edge so it glides over. Any suggestions?
  2. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,954

    Backdrag over them

    MIDTOWNPC PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,427

    mark where they are on the side of the road and go around over ect. Don't backdrag the plow won't trip and you will do some serious damage.

    Can you get them to ashphalt a ring around them or is their such thing as a rubber ring around them to make them a slope up rather then an abrupt edge
  4. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,317

    Slow way down
  5. cj7plowing

    cj7plowing Senior Member
    Messages: 379

    I had a rd I used to plow in to two professional buidings and had the same problem. the first year we got parking cones and shot them down to the rd with a ramset gun. the second year it was still not plowed so we had the paving compnay come in that was going to do final paving and ramp up around them which did help but we still ended up putting parking cones out.
  6. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,419

    Be careful. You can easily yank them off the manhole. They are only held on with tar and the 2" of binder coat. They will come up easily if you hit them
  7. Mackman

    Mackman PlowSite.com Addict
    from S.E. PA
    Messages: 1,356

    I plow roads. I been plowing the same roads for years. Once you hit them good you will always remember where they are at. I just slow down when i come up to them.
  8. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Demand that they temporarily shim up with blacktop to the top of the covers or they will be responsible for any plow/truck damage.Chump change to fix to the alternative.

    REAPER 2000 Club Member
    from 60050
    Messages: 2,228

    Buy and use a trip edge plow.

    You can mark them, ramp them up or whatever but guaranteed you will have a hard hit at some point no matter what. A trip edge plow will reduce much of that.
  10. peteo1

    peteo1 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,658

    Or you can take the lid off and pull one of the rings out. Keep the rings at your shop and put them back in the spring. Problem solved.
  11. 1olddogtwo

    1olddogtwo PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,396

    Yea fill the holes in with snow so u don't drop ur wheels in them
  12. BigLou80

    BigLou80 Senior Member
    Messages: 558

    Still sucks with a trip edge plow. the plow will violently jump when the edge trips back. You can also break your cutting edge or break the ring.

    My vote is for attaching some cones in the road AND having them put a lip of hot top all around them.
  13. Plow More

    Plow More Senior Member
    Messages: 172

    drive faster, It will pop right over it that way
  14. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    If the developer only has the binder base coat down,there will be no riser rings,just the frame and a cover.
  15. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,419

    You have to remove binder coat to take frame off. I wouldn't recommend that. Have owner ramp up with cold patch for now.
  16. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    He was referring to a riser ring[I think] Sullivan,not the frame.
  17. SullivanSeptic

    SullivanSeptic PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,419

    Riser ring is under frame. Need to remove frame which has wide base first. Riser ring is concrete.
  18. bigthom

    bigthom Senior Member
    Messages: 105

    easy, tell em to get them paved around them b4 snow flies or u will now plow that part... its amazing how fast the phone picks up for that
  19. tuney443

    tuney443 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,847

    Sullivan- I'm not referring to the concrete riser ring that sits on top of the MH ,but the steel riser rings that sit inside the frame to adapt to pavement elevation.As you and I have pointed out to the OP, the only correct way to resolve his dilemma is to shim up to the covers with blacktop.
  20. buckwheat_la

    buckwheat_la 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,254

    Don't know about anyone else, but I make my guys go out and hand dig around obstacles like this, removes any chance of damage to either the manhole or your equipment, and only takes a couple minutes to expose them.