To reset a manhole cover that has come loose, you will need the following tools:
A broom or brush
A wheelbarrow (optional)
A hydraulic jack or car jack
Wooden blocks or wedges
A crowbar or pipe wrench
Clear the area: Remove any debris or obstruction that may be blocking the manhole cover or preventing it from being reset. Use a broom or brush to sweep the area around the manhole.
Excavate the area around the manhole: Use a shovel to dig a shallow trench around the manhole. This will provide better access to the cover and help to stabilize it when it is reset.
Jack up the cover: Place the hydraulic jack or car jack under the manhole cover, positioning it as close to the center of the cover as possible. Slowly lift the cover until it is slightly off the ground.
Insert wooden blocks or wedges: Place wooden blocks or wedges around the edge of the manhole cover to keep it in place while it is being reset.
Reset the cover: Use a crowbar or pipe wrench to loosen any bolts or fasteners that may be holding the cover in place. Once the cover is loose, lift it and place it back in the manhole. Make sure that the cover is aligned properly and that all bolts or fasteners are tightened securely.
Remove the blocks and lower the cover: Once the cover is securely in place, remove the wooden blocks or wedges and use the hydraulic jack or car jack to lower the cover back into the manhole.
Backfill the trench: Use a shovel to fill in the trench around the manhole, being careful not to damage the cover or any surrounding pipes or utilities.
It is important to use caution when resetting a manhole cover. Make sure to wear gloves and follow all safety guidelines. If you are not confident in your ability to safely reset a manhole cover, it is best to hire a professional plumber or utility worker.
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