I'm having a tough time finding this thing, even though I see them all
over the place on the sidewalks where I live (San Francisco). None of
the plumbing supply places seem to be able to look it up in their
catalogs, and web searching has proved surprisingly fruitless.
It's basically a flat, small square (about 5") steel grate w/ 2 hinge
tabs on one edge and a little half-circle tab on the other w/ a screw
hole to hold it in place on a square steel flange that receives it.
The flange is permanently affixed to the concrete in a driveway /
sidewalk. I'm just looking for the grate itself.
It has holes for ventilation. Looks like it could be used both for
drainage as well as cleanout access.
Been down that route and may prove helpful yet. There sometimes is.
Ones I've found so far are either custom names of homebuilders long
since out of business or contractors / suppliers equally defunct.
If it's steel, maybe you can get it welded. If you want an exact replacement
for historical reasons, try an architectural salvage yard. I saw a TV show a
few years back about a large architectural salvage place in Oakland. I don't
remember the name, but a Google search came up with C & K Salvage on Douglas
Ave., and Berkeley Architectural Salvage on 65th St.
I would think a local, commercial plumbing supply house would know
exactly what you have. You may or may not be able to buy just the
lid, sometimes it's cheaper to buy the entire assembly. Again,
they should be able to tell you. There are a limited number of
manufacturers who make these things. One of the big ones is
Josam, here is a picture of a square hinged grate - you might
(top posted for your convenience)
Keep the whole world singing . . . .
DanG (remove the sevens)
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