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  1. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    Hi all. I have not done any drainage as of yet but will be next week.

    I am taking out a macerator and instead installing a soil stack and underground drainage to an existing man hole.

    Q1) can I use a short radius (rest) bend at the foot of a stack? When looking online it does say that this is what they are for. But there are also long radius bends which you can use.

    Q2) How far below ground does the drainage pipe have to be?

    Q3) Can I use sand to lay the pipe on and then cover it with sand or should it be pea shingle? Maybe pea shingle will go a lot further.

    Q4) I am hoping to pop through the side of the manhole close to 2/3s the way up and drop down and chase shoe into the benching. Does anyone know what mix this benching is? I know there is a name for this installation but I cannot think of it.

    Cheers all
     
  2. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    I normally just ask building control what they want to see.
     
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  3. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    I was thinking of putting in an internal backdrop connection but from reading online it is frowned upon. Don't fancy digging down down down though
     
  4. SimonG

    SimonG Trusted Plumber

    Last one they just had me core through side of manhole, push pipe through and terminate with a 90° bend pointing down.
     
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  5. CBW1982

    CBW1982 GSR Top Contributor!!

    Have you tried downloading building regulations document H?
     
  6. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    No, not yet. Will try now thanks.
     
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  7. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    Oh really, now that would be nice but doubt that will be the case here. Will call them up today
     
  8. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Are you looking to get it done to pass building control or are you looking for trouble free future? (ie is it your own place).
    If the former, do whatever they let you get away with.
    If the latter, dig down and do it properly. The “least work” robust way is to dig right down at manhole so as to enter horizontally at sewer pipe level. A couple of feet away from this you can then employ the ‘back drop’ method with no worries - better if you use a nice slow bend at the base of back drop and you also need to add rodding access to this (basically at top of back drop use a branch rather than bend, with rod point on vertical section).
    I did this at home 7 years ago and no problem since (why did I write that down...)
     
  9. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR


    Hi, thanks for the reply. It is at a client's so belt and braces and with regs
     
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  10. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Get your spade out then!
     
  11. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    Called them and they say I can do internal backdrop as long as there is still room for access. Not sure what space it is you need but it is a standard manhole drain so I would have thought big enuf
     
  12. Ben-gee

    Ben-gee Plumber Top Contributor!!

    Don’t forget they are satisfied if there is access to jet it, expensive, better if there is access to rod it.
     
  13. NickH

    NickH Active Member

    How much space you need depends on the depth of the manhole. Over a certain depth you have to have enough space for a "man" to get down the hole so in theory an internal backdrop might encroach on that.
    How deep is the manhole ?
    A normal rest bend isn't a short radius bend, two different things. Use a rest bend as they are easier to rod.
     
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  14. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    Thanks for the advice so far guys.

    So reading up on drainage, it is most likely I can do an internal backdrop as the man hole is about 600 x 900 and about 1.6 metres deep.

    Upon reading, it says I need a flexible connection 150mm away from where the pipe enters the manhole. Does anyone know where I can find one of these?

    Also, what are the fittings called that you cut into the benching? Or can I just cut a spigot elbow in half to create this open channel?

    Cheers
     
  15. mutley racers

    mutley racers Plumber GSR

    Another question guys. I will be running a new toilet soil pipe out of a pitched roof to the stack. Do I use a pitched roof slate but reverse it so the pitch is pointing down and then I shall get the slope to the toilet? Or do I use a flat roof one
     
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