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Jul 16, 2013, 02:27 PM
Concrete valve cover
I have a valve that is buried in a sidewalk. It had a 9-1/2' diameter by 2" thick round concrete cover that had to be destroyed to remove it in order to access the valve. I need a replacement cover but have not been able to locate one. Any suggestions where I might find such an item. If all else fails I know I can cast a new plug in place. Might even be cheaper and more fun. Still would like to know where one might purchase one.
Jul 16, 2013, 03:37 PM
You might have to make one. You might be able to cut one out of a 12x12 concrete paver with a concrete cutting blade in a throw away circular saw. Otherwise you could make one out of a piece of 2x10 or 2x12 PT wood.

By throw away circular saw I mean a cheapie one that you don't mind ruining because cutting the paver dry will kick up a lot of dust, I have a saw I use for such cuts, after I'm done I use my air compressor and a blower nozzle to blow the dust out of the saw. At some point the dust is going to kill the saw so I don't use my better saw for these kind of cuts.

Alternatively you could rent a concrete wet saw.

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