Category Archives: Cast Iron Grates

Posts about cast iron grates, iron grating options and cast iron grate finishes around America

Replacement Grate Guide: Name That Grate

Trench Drain Grates

We are often asked to help customers find replacement grates for their systems. If you find yourself in this situation, below are some ways that you can get the information you need that will help us to identify the grate. Keep in mind, you don’t need to have answers for every category but the more […]

Major Flooding? FP1200 to the Rescue!

The First National Bank of Bellevue, Ohio had been feeling the brunt of Mother Nature’s wrath in the form of flooding. Customers would have to make wide paths around the deep puddles or power through only to end up with soggy shoes to quickly get out of the weather. Unfortunately, the problem became more challenging […]

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 […]

How to Replace 1 Inch Thick Grates

1 in Thick Bar Grate

Let’s just say it: 1” thick grates aren’t considered heavy duty anymore. Standards change. Architects once specified one inch thick iron grates for loading docks, warehouses and industrial areas. Typically, contractors installed them in an angle iron frame using the old wooden box form method. Why can’t I replace my 1” iron grates? Increased traffic […]

4 Places To Install Trench Drain Around The House

Driveway drainage

Residential trench drain is a large market that fluctuates with the construction season. Homeowners and private drainage projects often extend the market well into winter months when the commercial sectors slow. The most common residential applications are pool/patio, driveway drains, downspout drainage and shower drains.  This article discusses these four main drainage applications and some […]

Stemler Corporation – Best Service, Best Products

outdoor decorative drains

  It’s refreshing to find a company that really knows its customer. Stemler Corporation takes their service to heart and makes it their mission to outperform the competition with the best service and the best products. Since 1925, this family-run business has been providing services throughout the Louisville, Kentucky and Southern Indiana area for professional […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]