Category Archives: Trench Drain Grates

Blogs about trench drain grating, including plastic grates and cast iron grates

Why are my grates orange? – FAQ’s on Rust

Cast Iron Sun Grate

You received your raw cast iron grate with its silver hue and flawless appearance only to walk outside two weeks later to find a grate with orange spots of rust starting to form. The first thought you have is to return the grate because they must be defective an you didn’t sign up for this […]

Planning Drainage When You Don’t Have A Plan: A Case Study for Breweries

Brewery Drainage

Overview: One of the most important components of planning a new brewery or expanding an existing facility is the drainage system. Acidic chemicals, high-temperature fluids, and sanitizers make it necessary to have a high-quality system made of stainless steel or vinyl ester concrete. Breweries discard large volumes of fluids. Some larger breweries see drainage of […]

TDS 3000 Series empowers art at Newark electric station

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Hurricane Sandy took its toll on many things, including Newark’s grid reliability. PSEG decided to invest $277 million into a new switching station in the Fairmont Heights neighborhood of Newark to improve the city’s grid reliability after Hurricane Sandy. Switching stations re-route electricity to backup lines in case of failure. So if the main distribution […]

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 […]

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 […]

3 Reasons To Hate Heel-Proof Grates

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Dear Construction Industry, don’t worry so much about heel-proof grates! Architects and contractors come to me all the time looking for trench drains – but with a catch! The grates need to be heel-proof. As in, no openings wider than .25 inches in the direction of traffic. But let’s get real here. 1. Heel-proof grates […]

Cast Metal Grating in Singapore Trench Drains

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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Decorative Grating Options for Polycast 600

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Hubbell improved its Polycast trench drains with 4 new ornamental cast iron grates. The new grates fit Polycast 500 deck drains and Polycast 600 pre-sloped trench drains.  In addition to these, they have also begun offering a heavy duty ADA compliant ductile iron grate that can be used with their 00 Series product line to achieve a class […]