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Drain cover thefts

A big issue, according to 24dash.com, and to compound the impact of the tale it helpfully includes a photo labelled 'a drain cover'. Yes, really.

Not enormously interesting, agreed. However, what is notable is the apparent contradiction between these two statements:

"Councils are working 24/7 replacing drains with worthless ductile steel to dissuade removal" and "Over recent months 385 iron drain covers have been stolen...leading to around £80,000 having to be spent on replacements". Looks to be circa £208 per drain lid replaced, so unless the labourers really are coining it, the ductile steel does not appear to be 'worthless'.

If there is money to be made from replacing cast iron with a cheaper material, I would recommend that councils across the land make haste to profit from the scrap metal trade.
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Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 11:25 am

heres a piece of trivia
A lot of those drain cover are actually made from steel recovered by melting down all the handguns confiscated during the 1997 ban .
Bearing in mind the compensation paid i would suggest that they are the worlds most expensive drain coners.  



Blogger Peter Hitchens said... 11:25 am

covers  



Blogger Croydonian said... 11:36 am

An interesting tale.  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 3:30 pm

Why are manhole covers round?  



Blogger Croydonian said... 3:36 pm

I'd guess it is because they sit atop pipes?

By the way, if you ever find yourself on a heritage tour of SW16, you will have a genuine Thomas Crapper manhole cover pointed out to you...  



Anonymous Anonymous said... 12:03 am

I ask this to clever dicks in job interviews. Any attpemt to be serious in the answer results in them failing to get the job.

I can do the lateral thinking, they just need to get on with the real work!  



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