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#121751 - 08/16/05 08:22 PM What's these "Manholes" for?
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Does anyone recognise these two silvery, light gage manhole covers? What are they for?

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#121752 - 08/16/05 08:44 PM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 08/08/04
Posts: 70
Loc: New Jersey
believe it or not they are garbage cans. See them alot in older areas of NJ. I think they are pretty slick, from the days when the garbage men would walk up your driveway and get the garbage. They had a slightly small can inside with a handle that you could pull out and they had foot operated covers.

#121753 - 08/16/05 08:53 PM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 05/27/03
Posts: 2837
Loc: S.F.,CA USA
Yep, garbage cans.... Had a grand-mother in Arlington Ma that had two in her lawn just like 'em. When we were real young, my sister and I would play hide and seek. My sister climbed in to one, she was 5 or 6. Couldn't find her... She came back as the winner, and smelled like vinegar. Ah, memories....
Mark Heller
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#121754 - 08/17/05 09:13 PM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 08/06/05
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Loc: Richmond, VA
These are sometimes used in neighborhoods that for cosmetic reasons, do not allow cans or bags in front of the house during trash collection. I have seen these in Florida as well.

#121755 - 08/21/05 06:21 AM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 11/07/04
Posts: 31
Loc: Sebring FL USA
There used to be some of those down the street from me at a higher end house from the 70s. They were tourquoiuse, and I always thought the were dog litter bins. I don't believe they are still there. They were set in the ground though, not in concrete. Now I know what they were (are).

#121756 - 08/21/05 06:41 AM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Loc: Fullerton, CA USA
How do you clean or wash these?

It looks like they'd get disgusting easily

#121757 - 08/21/05 08:08 AM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 12/06/04
Posts: 326
Loc: Palm Bay FL USA
That's probably why you don't see them much anymore.

#121758 - 08/21/05 08:20 AM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 01/05/03
Posts: 4343
Loc: North Attleboro, MA USA
How do you clean or wash these?
It looks like they'd get disgusting easily

You don't as far as I remember and yes get within 5' of these and it smelled like garbage. (Go Figure )

Once a week a little 3 wheel dump truck about the size of a golf cart would pull in our driveway and empty the barrel.

I would say they have gone by the wayside due to garbage disposals and the high labor costs of going to everyones house. (And the Stink )

Bob Badger
Construction & Maintenance Electrician

#121759 - 08/21/05 11:27 AM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 03/23/05
Posts: 1801
Loc: Mayenne N. France
Bob, 'garbage disposal'-is that the machine in the kitchen sink that chews up waste foodstuffs etc. and puts it in the waste-water? Most of our stuff like that goes back into the garden via the compost-heap, or is processed through our dogs, Mac and William! How do you get the plastics, metal cans, packaging etc. away from the house without a household collection? Recycling stuff at all?
Wood work but can't!

#121760 - 08/21/05 06:47 PM Re: What's these "Manholes" for?
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Registered: 01/06/04
Posts: 62
How do you clean or wash these?
It looks like they'd get disgusting easily

you didn't put the garbage directly in these. there was another can that fit inside adn could be lifted out to dump into the truck. so basically the garbage never came into contact with the "manhole". im sure they probably had holes in the bottom for drainage so you could wash them out when they did get stinky

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