03:25AM | 08/30/00
Member Since: 08/29/00
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We have an old cistern that is up against a wall in our basement. We need to get this cistern filled in before our child starts walking, as their is an hole to the cistern right against the house (covered only by a a wood cover). We are concerned that if we fill it in with sand or rocks, that it will affect the wall that it shares with the house. How shooudl we approach this problem and who would we call to walk us through it?

Thanks for your advice!


03:46AM | 08/30/00
Member Since: 03/13/00
1675 lifetime posts
Have you considered simply improving the cover of the cistern? Make it bigger, better, more permanent, and LOCKED CLOSED. That should resolve any safety concerns you have for your child.


03:56AM | 08/30/00
Member Since: 08/29/00
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The problem is that the top of the cistern is exposed- old cracking concrete. It is currently our "backporch". The opening is really just a big gapping hole with a piece of wood covering it, I wouldn't even think that it could support a proper cover. It is really unsightly and I am concerned of the integrity of the top of the cistern as it seems to be deteriorating.

One of the thoughts we had was to build a low deck over it that would eliminate access.

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