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Michael

Michael has written 36 posts for TrenchDrainBlog.com

3 Trench Drain Installation Tips You Need to Know

Since trench drains are part of the project’s foundation plan, they are literally the groundwork of their project. Entire projects can be “wounded” if the trench drain is dysfunctional.  The drain installation has much to do with how functional the drain will be. And, drain installations can go horribly wrong.  Here are three trench drain […]

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Portugal – Land of Wine, Cod Fish and Trench Drain

I have had a visit to Portugal on my “bucket list” for some time now.  Previously, I had visited Spain. On those occasions, I left feeling a sense of wonder.  The rich history, dusty castles, classic art and fine foods all left me with a greater appreciation of the Old World and helped me mature […]

Zurn Z882 ADA Grates – P12-HPD vs. P12-ADA-USA

In the past couple years, I have had the opportunity to sell a bunch of Zurn Z882.  This 12” wide, pre-sloped trench drain system is one of Zurn’s most commonly sold Perma-Trench product lines.  It is used for applications that span a variety of residential, commercial, industrial and transportation applications. The standard grating that is […]

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Krug Bier – Pioneer in Brazil’s Craft Brew Market

I recently visited the mountainous central region of Brazil to attend an exposition of Cachaça in the state capital, Belo Horizonte.  I’m interested in the production of this local distilled sugarcane spirit used to make the famous drink, Caprihna.  Brazil’s State Minas Gerais, or Minas for short, is world renown for cachaça production, though other […]

Considering Stainless Drains for Food Production

Stainless steel seems to be the ideal material for food processing facilities because of its inherent resistance to corrosion, cleaning chemicals, heat and bacteria growth. Plant managers prefer stainless steel grating instead of cast iron and galvanized steel because of the material’s longevity in corrosive environments.  Besides having these benefits, stainless steel has a shiny, […]

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5 Little Known Facts about Polycast 3000

Five Little Know Facts about the Polycast 3000 series The 3000 Series trench drain system has been around since the year 1998. I remember first seeing the pre-sloped fiberglass system on a set of construction plans while estimating for a precast concrete manufacturer in Bethlehem, PA. The long throat (or neck, as some may say) of the […]

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Cast Metal Grating in Singapore Trench Drains

Last year I reported on common designs for bar grating found in Singapore but not necessarily the United States. Now, over a year later, I want to discuss the cast metal grating I saw during my visit. I personally prefer cast metal grating over bar or sheet metal grating. Part of this is prejudice because […]

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3 Ancestors to Modern Trench Drain

I’m not a historian on drainage systems (though it sounds interesting). I’ve been thinking about the history of trench drain. Where was the first trench drain crafted? What was the application? Was it seen as special for that location? Did it catch on or was it forgotten, only to be re-designed for the first time […]

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Singapore Trench Drain: Not Your Average Bar Grating

Hinged bar grating is cool, but it’s not offered in the United States. The ability to open a drain for cleaning (which this drain needs) is essential. If drain grates are locked into place with a locking mechanism or if the grates are the bolt-down style, opening the drain becomes more problematic. But when the […]

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Visiting Singapore: A Look at Bar Grating

The climate is always warm and wet in Singapore, a small island nation in Southeast Asia with a bustling economy and a diverse and growing population. Geographically, Singapore is located 3 degrees north of the equator at the intersection of some pretty old trading routes. Singapore receives over 90 inches of rainfall a year. (Compare […]

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