All the relevant product data sheets are to be read for additional information like pot life, mixing instructions, surface preparation, ventilation, temperature application limitations, etc. For effective flexible, waterproof, joint sealing between most building components, with mastic type sealants, the following systems is recommended.


The joint ridge of the manhole rings must be clean, sound (firm), dry and free from any loose, weak or foreign materials.


Prime the joint ridges of the manhole rings, top and bottom with bituprime and allow to fully dry for a minimum 4 hours.

Applying Seal

As each new manhole ring are placed, either a 20 mm strip of abe bitumen manhole sealer or bitujoint putty must be placed on the bottom ring and the top ring firmly bedded into the abe bitumen manhole sealer / bitujoint putty. Manhole covers can equally be bedded into a strip of abe bitumen manhole sealer / bitujoint putty, which will keep it sealed and waterproof but will allow removal of the cover when required.

The completed manhole should be waterproofed with super laykold tape or abedex AR on the exterior of the rings, before backfilling, to prevent the ingress of ground water. The manhole can be put into use immediately after completion.

Important Note

This data sheet is issued as a guide to the use of the product(s) concerned. Whilst a.b.e.® endeavours to ensure that any advice, recommendation, specification or information is accurate and correct, the company cannot – because a.b.e.® has no direct or continuous control over where and how abe products are applied – accept any liability either directly or indirectly arising from the use of a.b.e.® products, whether or not in accordance with any advice, specification, recommendation, or information given by the company.

Further Information

Where other products are to be used in conjunction with this material, the relevant technical data sheets should be consulted to determine total requirements. a.b.e.® has a wealth of technical and practical experience built up over years in the company’s pursuit of excellence in building and construction technology.

Products Required

abe bitumen manhole sealer or bitujoint putty
super laykold tape (225 mm x 10 m) or abedex AR (cut to 250 mm strips)