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UER Forum > Archived Rookie Forum > Draining starter (Viewed 3602 times)
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Draining starter
< on 11/18/2011 10:52 PM >
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first of all i have never gone draining before because i lacked the information to do it safely.. so im now trying to get a better idea what i am in for:
are there certain manholes you should (not) pop? what are the different tools needed in a drain system? i know wear rubber boots/ pants and check the weather, i just dont know if i know enough to go

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 1 on 11/18/2011 11:14 PM >
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1. If there is ANY chance of rain, pass.

2. Manholes aren't usually the best way to get into drains. Look for the outfalls.

3. Be VERY careful popping manholes from inside the drain. You have no idea if it's in the middle of a busy street and a car is coming to clip your head off.

4. I find it'd better to keep your kit to a minimum and as light as possible. In big drains the air gets thick and dusty and may not have quite as much 02 as surface air, so every little bit of weight you can keep off your back will keep your from fatiguing that much longer. I usually bring a camera, a tripod, 2 flashlights, 2 sets of spare batteries for each, a sandwich or two and a few bottles of water. Sounds like a lot but it fits in a small pack and is nice and light.

5. When it comes to light, be prepared. I always bring two flashlights, in case I drop one and shatter the bulb or drop it in a puddle and short it out or whatever, I have a spare. Also two sets of batteries for each, just in case. A small lantern is also a great investment.

6. If you smell sulfur, turn around and GTFO.

7. Your feet are getting wet, no matter what kind of shoes you wear. Rubber or no. Deal with it. Bring a pair of sandals to slip into when you get out.

8. You're not going to meet any crackheads or hobos.

9. There are no such things as monsters.

10. I personally have a nice pair of high-top steel toes boots for draining. I think that's the way to go. Drains are slippery, slippery places, and you WILL fall and roll your ankle from time to time, so a little ankle support goes a LONG way. Also, a lot of the time you'll be trekking through ankle deep murky water full of potholes and ridges, so I like steel toes to keep the stubbed toes to a minimum.

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 2 on 11/19/2011 12:35 AM >
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This is from a while back, but it's still quite informative. http://www.infiltr...ions-approach.html

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 3 on 11/19/2011 1:32 AM >
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Posted by Captain_Slow
10. I personally have a nice pair of high-top steel toes boots for draining. I think that's the way to go. Drains are slippery, slippery places, and you WILL fall and roll your ankle from time to time, so a little ankle support goes a LONG way. Also, a lot of the time you'll be trekking through ankle deep murky water full of potholes and ridges, so I like steel toes to keep the stubbed toes to a minimum.


Bloody hell! Think I might give draining a miss.



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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 4 on 11/19/2011 1:38 AM >
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Posted by Man Underground


Bloody hell! Think I might give draining a miss.




Absolutly, it's terrible nobody should do it

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 5 on 11/19/2011 1:53 AM >
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Posted by Man Underground


Bloody hell! Think I might give draining a miss.




Lucky you can do most Melbourne drains in bare feet.

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 6 on 11/19/2011 2:11 AM >
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A few tips...

>Keep your feet dry<

>watch out for the police<

>Find different ways in<

>always find a quiet entrance when there is no rain in sight<

and finally...

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 7 on 11/19/2011 4:45 AM >
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Always wear rubber pants. I personally double bag it (wear two pairs). And yeah, steel toes and kevlar gloves.

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 8 on 11/19/2011 12:44 PM >
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always wear a condom while underground. You don't want to get an STD from a dirty drain, and it would most certainly be a drag to knock one up!

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 9 on 11/19/2011 12:50 PM >
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Posted by Captain_Slow


8. You're not going to meet any crackheads or hobos.



Bull..I've met three hobos in my drain explores.

Don't be a dick, give them the space they want, and respect them.

Some of them are very friendly



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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 10 on 11/19/2011 2:13 PM >
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Posted by Lomax
Always wear rubber pants. I personally double bag it (wear two pairs). And yeah, steel toes and kevlar gloves.


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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 11 on 11/19/2011 5:04 PM >
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Posted by Captain_Slow
...If there is ANY chance of rain, pass...

...Manholes aren't usually the best way to get into drains. Look for the outfalls...

... 2 flashlights.. and a few bottles of water...

.. When it comes to light, be prepared. I always bring two flashlights, in case ...

...If you smell sulfur, turn around and GTFO...


Especially these points that the Captain mentions.

You start at an outfall and go "upstream" untill the drain becomes too small to be comfortable.

Most people don't remember to tell you to bring drinking water. Bring more than you think you will need.

I use my cheapy flashlight first and save my better one as my backup. Run time is more important than lumens.

Your cellphone won't work in the drain, turn it off to conserve battery life. Remember to turn it back on when you exit.

Keep your phone, your wallet, your TP, cigarettes (if you smoke), a lighter (whether you smoke or not) and anything else that must remain dry in ziplock freezer bags.

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 12 on 11/20/2011 4:24 AM >
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Posted by Lomax
Always wear rubber pants. I personally double bag it (wear two pairs). And yeah, steel toes and kevlar gloves.


I put this 100 second clip up after reading your post.

>What to wear in drains<

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 13 on 11/20/2011 10:35 AM >
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Pretty simple really.

Stormwater -> Tevas, Volley's etc.
Sewer -> Waders or shoes.

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 14 on 11/20/2011 11:14 AM >
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That thing about not popping manholes from below...

So, a couple of days ago, I had gone a long way down a flooded tidal drain, to the point that I was swimming, unable to touch the bottom anymore, and was losing space above my head, too, and so had to turn back. Rather than face a long swim back upstream, I decided to climb a shaft, and test out a manhole that I figured had a good chance of being in a safe location.

The cover was light. I edged up one side, and saw a decorative wall, maybe an apartment building. I edged up the opposite side, and saw a similar wall close by. So, maybe a pedestrian laneway? I edged up another direction and there was a car about to hit the manhole. I dropped it, and the wheels hit and compressed it into the ground.

I was lucky that the cover dropped into place securely, and didn't pivot and take my head off...

So, yes, think very carefully about the whole unknown covers thing.

(I swam back up the drain, and used a safe exit).

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 15 on 11/20/2011 6:55 PM >
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Several of my tips for exploring drains

-Never pop a manhole from below unless you know exactly what is above you
-do not enter a drain from a manhole if you can avoid it, find the outfall
-Getting official maps can prove to be difficult, but not impossible
-Don't worry too much about having bad air, Most of the time, air flows through the tunnel, and it has many ways for air to get in
-NEVER enter a drain when it is raining. NEVER, not even if its a little rain
-Don't always trust ladders, these are usually extremely rusted due to the environment which they exist
-if you live in an area where there are deadly reptiles or insects, (snakes, spiders, ext) keep an eye out.
-Always bring an extra light, because drains can be very dark. (aka you will not be able to see your hand in front of your face kinda dark)
These are the tips i have so far, from personal experience, but have fun, and listen to everyone else

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 16 on 11/20/2011 9:03 PM >
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In Melbourne, concrete rectangular manholes are never in roads... always nature strips.

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 17 on 11/20/2011 10:47 PM >
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I've learned so much here, thank you alll c:

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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 18 on 11/21/2011 5:07 PM >
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Bring BEER!

hehe steel thongs
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Re: Draining starter
<Reply # 19 on 11/21/2011 9:53 PM >
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Posted by Jared Kat
-do not enter a drain from a manhole if you can avoid it, find the outfall


Why?

I find it much nicer to get in way upstream via a manhole at the smallest bit and work downstream as it gets bigger and (generally....) more feature rich.



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