Author Archives: Michael

Universal Ductile Iron Trench Drain Grate (TDS 461D)

Previous articles I’ve written have discussed the evolution of the polymer concrete trench drain channel and how it came to the U.S. Market. The big takeaway is that the rise of modular trench drain started in Europe and migrated to the United States, bringing with them metric dimensional standards (channel length and width) which rendered each […]

Polymer Concrete Trench Drain – In the Beginning

The first time I learned of ACO and polymer concrete was in 1985 while on a tour of some silica mines in northeast Ohio.  In that part of the country, the Sharon conglomerate crops out of the ground and is mined by a number of industrial mineral firms.  The Best Silica Company, located in Chardon, […]

Installing a Linear Shower Drain – First Decisions

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When renovating a bathroom shower, it’s tempting to build your design off stylish finishes and patterns. Unfortunately, work comes before play. Two questions will determine the correct linear shower drain for your project. 1.) What is the combined flow rate of the shower? In other words, you need to know your shower’s total outflow. If […]

The Importance of Loading Dock Trench Drains

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It’s a good idea to install trench drains in loading docks because most loading dock ramps slope downward toward the building so trucks can unload merchandise.  When it rains, runoff water will flood the lower portion of the ramp unless a trench drain or catch basin is installed to drain the loading dock. I mention […]

Black Isle Brewery – Scottish Culinary Trend Setter

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Scotland – Home of Mary Queen of Scots, William Wallace and Nessie!  Land of castles, lochs, peat bogs and spectacular ocean views.  Mecca for the drinkers of Scotch whisky, and now, for the connoisseurs of organic pizza and craft beer. Black Isle Brewery had a unique vision of a brewery business back in 1998.  Long […]

3 Trench Drain Installation Tips You Need to Know

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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 […]

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

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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 […]

Krug Bier – Pioneer in Brazil’s Craft Brew Market

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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

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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, […]