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Report - Screwed Drain

Discussion in 'UK Draining Forum' started by Zero, Sep 12, 2007.

  1. Zero

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    I was still wet and had some serious nappy rash going on from "Breach" so i decided to ditch the trousers and go in with boxers and waders. Boy do i regret that now, rubber on skin although some find pleasing i did not!.

    Im not sure what the "official" name of this overflow/relief is as its not actually marked on the map. Once again a compass would have saved a few minutes of confusion over directions once in the pipe.

    We found what we thought was the manhole but there was a few in the area so i headed down to have a quick look. After two ladder i came out into a large concrete pipe which looked similar to the Hammersmith Relief. There was a fair amount of water flowing through and it went up to our knees. To the right of me was another indent into the pipe i walked up and had a look. It was a small drop shaft from a sewer running above.

    I headed back up and told loops what i found to see what he thought. We went over to try and find the cover into the sewer to make sure we were in the right place. Down i went again, coming into a overflow chamber above the drop shaft.

    Hmm ok so the initial pipe was right we headed back, set up the barriers and went down. At the bottom we headed left and saw a light at the end of the tunnel. After a little bit of walking the pipe opened into a vertical chamber with a screen gate to the front and three smaller flood gates to the right. The water had gotten a little dark and we slowly edged our way over to the ladder taking chicken steps like a soldier checking for land mines. Didnt really fancy falling down a hole.

    We headed up the ladder and onto the first platform. In front of us were three "viewing" windows. We headed over and had a look. And to our surprise we found a massive slope containing three huge screws. Awesome.

    I was just getting my camera out when we both heard rushing water and the sounds of a machine starting up. Sure enough we headed back to the window to find that one of the screws had started up carrying the water out into whatever was at the top. We took several photos then headed further up the stairs. Hoping to find some kind of control device. Sadly it just led to a locked door.

    We packed away and headed back down. By now the screw had stopped so we went back into the water and along to our exit point.




    Pic of the screw spinning.


    Pic showing pipe we came from (bottom left)


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