Author Archives: Hannah Schroer

Polycast 500 – A Polymer Concrete Deck Drain

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The Polycast 500 is proof that not all commercial drains are the same. Hubbell Power Systems manufactures the Polycast Trench Drain Systems product line, which is geared toward commercial applications.  The Polycast 600 and 700 are well known polymer concrete trench drain brands commonly seen throughout the industry. Polycast 600 is a pre-sloped channel drain […]

The Skinny on Slot Drain

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Slot drains are a growing segment of the drainage market, but they haven’t broken into popular use – in America at least. Compared to trench drain systems, little is known about this type of drainage system. There are a few slot drain systems in the American market. More likely, trench drain manufacturers offer accessories that […]

Contractor Builds Stairs out of Cast Iron Grating

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Check out this beautiful south Hollywood stairwell constructed by Agave Designs, a creative construction company based in Los Angeles, California that primarily works with design firms. After speaking with the project designers, project manager Chris Walters and his boss constructed this South Hollywood nightclub stairwell using leather belts and 6” wide cast iron grates to […]

Made in America: POLYCAST® Trench Drain

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POLYCAST® is a leading American manufacturer of polymer concrete trench drains and high volume fiberglass drainage systems. Started in Fargo, North Dakota almost 32 years ago, POLYCAST® grew its line of drainage products and became an instrumental part of the U.S. trench drain industry. The company’s product offerings recently expanded after Hubbell, a multinational company headquartered […]

Cork: City of Trench Drains

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Cork, Ireland is a trench drain paradise. Cork is settled at a low point just inland of the southern coast of Ireland where the River Lee flows into the Celtic Sea. At 187 feet above sea level, the city center is an island created by a split in the river. You’ll run across trench drain everywhere you […]

Dublin: Old World Trench Drain Systems

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Since returning from Dublin, I’ve developed a theory that Ireland is called the Emerald Isle because the plants are so well watered.  Whether the sky is overcast or sunny, it seemed as if I could expect a stray shower to pop up at a moment’s notice.  Frequent rains, combined with the island’s mild climate, create […]

Q&A: Replacing Broken Trench Drain Grates

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For the past several years there have been more requests for replacement grates by homeowners and contractors than is typical. I’ve watched this trend with growing interest, trying to pinpoint the reasons behind it, and have come up with a couple theories. With the downturn in the economy, people have been stealing cast iron grates […]

Flo-Well as a Compost Bin

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I have been looking for ways to live more “Earth friendly” over the last several months. While I understand that by now I will never be forgiven for my carbon footprint, I decided that my commuting habits should not stop me from making small changes in my lifestyle.  The least I could do was reduce […]

Pardon my French (Drain)

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How do French drains and trench drains differ? Many people – including contractors! – aren’t aware of the difference between trench and French drain.  There is a significant difference between the two, and we’ll explore it with some general information below about the types of drains.  But first, and generally speaking, French drains are used […]

Planter Stand made from Iron Age Stair Step

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Meet the 12” x 20” Locust grate by Iron Age Designs.  This grate is made for custom Iron Age frames and is typically used in suspended walkways and stairs. We had a sample available and brainstormed about innovative ways to use trench drain grates. Ultimately, we decided to custom paint the grate and use it as […]