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I’m laying vinyl plank in my basement. Pulled up the carpet remnant and found this hiding underneath. Should I just cut a circular hole in the plank and add a drain over to make it flush with the planks? (It sits about flush with the asbestos tiles I’m covering)
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I’m laying vinyl plank in my basement. Pulled up the carpet remnant and found this hiding underneath. Should I just cut a circular hole in the plank and add a drain over to make it flush with the planks? (It sits about flush with the asbestos tiles I’m covering)
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It's a cleanout.

I would frame a square around it, add a cover over it, and plan to place a piece of furniture ( table, couch, other) over it.

That can be moved if it is ever needed to be used.


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Turn it upside down and screw it in. The square will then be a depression. You'll have to cut a piece of wood (etc.) to mate with the square when you need to remove it.

They do that with PVC cleanouts, irrigationvalve access and drain plugs a lot in florida lawns- that way the lawn mowers don't cut the squares off...
 

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It was under the carpet so I assume you haven’t ever accessed it and didn’t know it existed. I would measure exactly where it is and keep track of where it is. Then I would put the new flooring over it. You haven’t needed it yet and probably won’t need it in the future. If you need it, measure it out and cut a hole.
Before you jump on me, I know, I was a code enforcement officer. What works in the DIY world isn’t always a life safety issue.
 

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It's a cleanout.

I would frame a square around it, add a cover over it, and plan to place a piece of furniture ( table, couch, other) over it.

That can be moved if it is ever needed to be used.


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I think I’m going to try this. Maybe just use a metal vent cover. I can’t think of what else to use. I’ll post a follow up pic.
 

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It was under the carpet so I assume you haven’t ever accessed it and didn’t know it existed. I would measure exactly where it is and keep track of where it is. Then I would put the new flooring over it. You haven’t needed it yet and probably won’t need it in the future. If you need it, measure it out and cut a hole.
Before you jump on me, I know, I was a code enforcement officer. What works in the DIY world isn’t always a life safety issue.
We haven’t needed it for a decade, but you know the moment I cover it I’ll need it the next day lol
 

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