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Old 08-05-2012, 08:25 PM   #1
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Well, my drainage pipe has disconnected itself from the pump. I also think there may be some underlying issues as well but won't know until I figure out a way to get into it. The previous owner built a wall over the hole so I am unable to do anything but stick a flashlight and hand through the tiny hole. Any suggestions besides removing the wall?

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I forgot to say that I am trying to remove the lid to troubleshoot more

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And how can we help when we sure can not see it from here.
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Old 08-05-2012, 08:51 PM   #4
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So you've got your hand in the tiny hole and are trying to remove the lid ? Is this correct?

What purpose does this wall serve. What do you mean a wall over the hole. Do you mean a platform on top of the hole.

Regardless, Its gotta go. Can you see how it would be a ridiculous thing in the way in the event of a flood
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Well I figured you didn't need to see a wall placed on top of a sump pit. I'm not at the house currently. I do not want to remove the wall. Could I possibly just cut the lid into two pieces and remove the lid, then put them back afterwards? And any suggestions on cutting through the plastic lid (I don't have any electric saws or many tools in general). If I need to buy something please recommend a brand or type. Thanks
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The wall just breaks up the utility room from another room in the basement. It's got oak wood paneling and is only 2 years old so I would just hate to take it down.
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to cut the plastic matters on what type of lid and if you can get to it...if you dont want to remove the wall, can you modify it with an access panel?
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If it was me, I would redo the wall, due to access is needed to the sump. That would mean deconstructiong it, so that you can put in an access panel.

As for that Oak paneling, it can be cut for the access hole, then place framing members back inside so that the panel can be reattached with hinges and a magnetic catch to hold it closed, vs using screws to secure.

I would not cut the sump lid in two, due to if it is the type to be secured in place, not just the cheap garbage can type lids, it was done that way on purpose by the manufactur of the product.

Take some pictures and post showing what you are dealing with.
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How you gonna get the pump out if/when you need to work on it?

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