How to cover openings on sump pump lid?

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    If I can't find a way to cover the hole without using duct tape then I'll have to get the one you suggested. Thanks for your reply.
     
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    Make your own out of plywood. If the pipes are along the side of the pit, you can just cut simple C-notches at the edges. If the pipes are near the center, a 2-piece cover (like sketch below) would look better. Or, possibly, you could just add a smaller 2-piece cover over the existing hole. Sump Cover.jpg
     
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    If I did that, I'd use pressure treated plywood. You could also make a cover out of FRP (fiberglass reinforced panel) though plywood would be a lot cheaper, especially if you can't buy a partial sheet of FRP. It comes in 4x8 sheets.
     
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    wood is not a good idea unless you fond of mold on the underside.
    Don't ask me how I know this …..
     
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    ...and a couple of coats of oil based paint, of course.
     
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    For the money, I'd go with the one with the proper cutouts in it. I suppose you could make one out of a lid to a five gallon bucket if you wanted to just close up the slot in the cover you have. How tight of a seal are you trying to get?
     
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    Are you pumping soapy washing machine water into a storm sewer ???
     
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    I had a small septic tank once that needed a cover in a hurry. I bought a sheet of ¾ PT plywood and cut it in half making two 4x4 sheets. I screwed the two sheets together from both sides with coated deck screws. I put it on top of the tank and buried it with a foot of dirt. I walked and drove a lawn tractor over it for 5 years and then dug it up to get it pumped out. I was surprised this DIY lid looked just about like it did when I put it down. This was 30 years ago and I don’t know if the new PT plywood is as good.
     
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    For you septic tank cover I'd probably use a patio tile if 2x2 would have been big enough to cover it. Someday that PT plywood will give out and it will be a nasty surprise when it does. If 2x2 isn't big enough, I'd probably cast one myself.
     
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    Thanks for all the replies but it would have been a lot of work to cut something to fit all the openings surrounding the two pipes so I went the easy route of using duct tape and rubber couplings around the pipes to get a slightly better seal.
     

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    The PT cover I made was in use buried for maybe 10 years. The unified builders code was coming about 20 years ago, in our area making septic repairs almost imposable without building a mound. The week before it came in I rented a backhoe and replaced my whole septic system with a gravity flush to grade system I designed. This grease trap I had the PT cover on got replaced with a locomotive air tank with the one end removed and I switched to a concrete cover.


    The house had a 1800’s outhouse still and I put that 4’x4’ ten year old PT cover as a stoop in front of it sitting on 4 bricks. Nothing like a outhouse with a porch. It has now been close to 30 years that PT has been out in the weather and I looked at it and jumped on it the other day and it still is solid.



    @vinny186 sometimes the simple solutions are the best. Score another point for duck tape. If you would have used Gorilla tape it would be good for 50 years.
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