Well, that title
ought to puzzle someone.
I've noticed that a fair number of folks use their septic tanks as dumping stations for their camper holding tanks. Some people even use cleanouts to their municipal sewage systems. We don't have either. We have a large underground holding tank, with a couple of pumps that pump effluent up to the town sewer line, about 100 yards away (we had a septic system, but when we expanded the house in 1996 the town discovered it was too close to a neighbor's well—which well was installed long after the septic system, but that's another story). The line from the basement 'Christmas tree' to the holding tank runs about 3 feet underground to the holding tank, with no cleanout (except in the basement).
I'd like to look inside and make sure the 20-year-old pumps are working (if one fails, a light
is supposed to go in in the control panel in the basement, but I don't trust it), but the tank has a traditional cast-iron manhole cover that is really too heavy for me to lift. And obviously, it would be nice to be able to use the tank as a dumping station, too. Not sure the town would approve, if I asked. But I don't think most campers do.
Hence my question: Does anyone make a manhole cover with a smaller, built-in, cleanout-sized opening? If so, where would I get it? I've looked online, but no luck so far.
Long shot, I know—but thought I'd ask.