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Report - Dragons Tooth, Manchester - March 2012.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Mar 17, 2012.

  1. Ojay

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    Dragons Tooth, Manchester

    My day of draining continued, and after a couple of fails and much driving/walking about I headed back to a place I had once recced for a closer look

    Last time I was here it was dark and quite sketch so I figured it would be best attempted during the daylight

    The first thing that hits you here is the smell, like most CSO's there is usually some vapoury fresh lingering about, but this was another stinker!

    Sorry to disappoint, but no dragons in here, just some brown trout and enough lady towels to soak up the entire sewer should they end up back in :rolleyes:

    Covered by a 3m grille draped in fanny plasters which appeared to be grinning at me,
    there didn't appear to be an easy way in


    Luckily a manhole above had been pikeyed,
    so I quickly dropped in and headed up the 4ft square concrete overflow


    Further in, an impressive staircase which stretched into the distance

    (It was very long & st00py and the picture doesn't really show the scale here)


    Once up, a small chamber shrinking to a 3ft RCP, which elevated and curved off to the right


    It was quite slippery, and getting up was jokes,
    once up I had to squeeze past this jam rag infested catch chain


    Ahead was the overflow weir,
    it was filthy and full of crap so I scrambled up into the CSO chamber where it was much cleaner


    As I shone my torch in to watch the turds, there was a loud noise followed by a sudden surge :eek:

    Within a few minutes the level had risen a good 2ft which wasn't good considering there had been no rain..

    No time to change the underpants I sat it out and continued to watch the flow, eventually it subsided, then within 5 minutes the process repeated itself.. Phew!

    There must be some kind of detention tank/syphon upstream which fills and releases ?

    CSO Chamber, from Left to Right

    [​IMG] [​IMG]

    GTFO Manhole


    Stairway to fresh AIR


    I spent more time in drains than United Utilities by the time the day was done..

    11 hours of solo draining, I'm f00ked, soaked, covered in crap, anti-vandal paint, cut to shreds by brambles and full of thorns, I've destroyed a pair of wellies in the proceedings.... Showertime and cold beer!​

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