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Report - Grid-Lock, Manchester - April 2015.

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Ojay, Apr 29, 2015.

  1. Ojay

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    Grid-lock, Manchester

    Essentially A.N Other screened CSO located on the outskirts of Manchester, serving 3 small sewers and eventually outfalls into the Irwell

    The only clue something lies below is this surface building which houses the controls for the associated machinery below ground

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    I'd almost forgotten about this one, until I drove past here the other week

    Myself and Nick took advantage of the recent sunshine and went for a closer look finally


    A fair bit of crawling on this one

    So Nick used his point & shoot for much of it, including the smaller sewers that feed into this system as I simply cba to get the dslr until we reached the screening chamber


    Manhole No.1 drops into barely a 2ft sewer as it heads in from a Northerly direction

    Excuse Nicks pic here, but the chamber was fairly confined and was impractical to be messing about with the dslr

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    Ping pong balls ?

    ..Either way the sewer runs beneath this fetid head of arse foam and out the other side towards the screening chamber

    I was unfortunate enough to have my left leg and entire wellie engulfed in this festering pipe!


    Keen to see the screening chamber we went in search of a suitable way in, sadly the lids are locked up

    We resorted to crawling up a 3ft pipe which is actually the overflow for the system

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    Luckily it was dry, stooping is one thing, but crawling through shit pipes is no fun and I'd sworn I wouldn't do it again!

    Still, every holes a goal..


    A small inspection chamber was in sight, it allowed for some respite before continuing on

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    Eventually we were inside the screening chamber

    It's only small and contains an archimedes screw which runs the length of it; used to filter the solids during peak flows

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    Comprising a double sided weir, the screw is situated on the primary overflow

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    I climbed over to the sewer for some pics and no sooner had Nick stepped up the machinery started turning

    Luckily for him it was just cycling through a self test which these things do periodically to keep them lubricated etc

    He may have scraped having his foot whipped off, but shortly after popped a rib trying to evade the sewer :D


    The sewer runs through a 3ft channel between the 2 weirs, it's silted up with fatty deposits & rags which kicks up a right stench

    Here, the incoming line is around 3ft, but beyond soon shrinks back to 2ft as seen upstream at the start of this thread

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    It exits through a much smaller aperture at the other side of the CSO

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    It was sweltering down here, so we crawled back out into the fresh air

    Once out, I managed to locate a couple of lids which led to the downstream section of sewer

    The pics Nick took have come out a bit too dark, however there isn't much to see other than a 2ft streak of piss anyway


    Time to leave

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  2. Nickindroy

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    Aye, it was a nice evening for it. Saying my pics are wank, is like saying grass is green. At least I got one of you doing some graft. ;)
    You'll be pleased to know my rib is killing today. :( All good. :thumb
     
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    Cracking stuff as always :thumb Looks proper stoopy in the 2nd shot
     
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  5. WhoDaresWins

    WhoDaresWins Let's do this
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    Sounds like a scary moment that machinery starting up. Glad no one lost a limb.
     
  6. Nickindroy

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    Was a bit of a moment, but nice to see it running all the same. Just glad I didn't catch my waders in it. :thumb

     
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    Interesting little CSO. Those little pipes are a bit claustrophobic for my liking.
    Props for getting the cameras out in such a confined space!
     
  8. woody1112

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    always a good read Ojay, your descriptions are very ammusing 'fetid head of arse foam' has to be one of your best :thumb
     
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