Author Archives: Michael Schroer

New “Cathedral” Grating for NDS Mini Channel

decorative sidewalk grates, courtyard grates,

Trench Drain Systems expanded its decorative offering for NDS Mini Channel with a new pattern of bronze and aluminum grating. The design, borrowed from Chester Cathedral in Chester, England, (shown below) is heel-proof, subdued and stylish.   It adds a solemn aesthetic to the hardscape and hints of a yearning for the innocence of old. Chester […]

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3 Reasons Why Trench Drains Fail

proper trench drain installation, installing plastic driveway drain, how to install driveway drain,

A trench drain can be an expensive item to install. First you have to invest time and energy into trying to solve a drainage problem. Then, there is the cost of the drain itself: channel, top grating and shipping costs. Next, there is an expense associated with the installation. Maybe you use a contractor.  Maybe […]

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Mini Channel Grating Expose’

NDS Mini Channel Grate Options

Mini Channel is a popular 3 inch wide profile channel drain manufactured by NDS. It is produced in Fresno, CA and stored in one of the four company warehouses and multiple distributors across America. It is arguably the most versatile channel drain in its class on the market today. Here’s why: The extruded, PVC cell-core […]

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NDS Revamps 5 inch Pro Series

NDS Pro Series Drainage System

In 2012, NDS rolled out an improved channel for the 5 inch Pro Series. The 5 inch Pro Series is the workhorse of the Pro Series line, which ranges from 3” – 12” wide. The 5 inch Pro Series is sold in hardware stores around the country, though only in kit form. If you want to buy […]

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Patio and Driveway Drainage Solutions (Part 2) – New Catch Basin Drain Grate Options

Iron Age Catch Basin Grates

Our previous blog  introduced standard grating options such as the plastic slotted grate and the painted black iron grate. The neat thing, though, is that multiple grates fit the 12″ x 12″ size profile adapters and catch basins. Three new grating options recently became available to the market, which open up the design possibilities for […]

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Patio and Driveway Drainage (Part 1) – Low Profile Drain

NDS Low Profile Catch Basin with Wave Pattern Grate

Just about any place in need of a drainage point can use catch basins (or one of their many variations) to evacuate water. Homeowners can use catch basins for driveway drainage, pools, patio point drains and landscape area drains. And, the installation techniques employed will be as diverse as the application. An interesting variation of […]

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Plastic Trench Drain Comparison – Zurn Z886 vs. NDS Dura Slope

Zurn Z886 vs. NDS DuraSlope

Part 1.  Channel Body Comparison There are many plastic trench drain manufacturers in the marketplace. By far, the top two manufacturers are Zurn Industries and National Diversified Sales (NDS). Zurn is a world-class plumbing supply manufacturer headquartered in Erie, PA. One of the four business grouping, Zurn, has is Drainage Products. The Perma-Trench products represent […]

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Product Comparison – Zurn Z880 vs. NDS Mini Channel

NDS Mini Channel vs. Zurn Z880

The Z880 Perma Trench is one of Zurn’s most popular residential trench drain product lines.  Its name may sound intimidating, but there’s nothing to fear from this plastic drain.  It was designed for pools, patios and landscape drainage much like its competitor, the NDS Mini Channel.  Both the NDS Mini Channel and the Z880 are […]

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Forgotten Trench Drain Systems – ADP Channel Drains

ADP 2" Grates

Every so often an ADP (American Drainage Products) plastic grate is mistaken for NDS Spee-D Channel.   There is a good reason for that.  ADP was a company based out of Columbus, Ohio who carried a product line that overlapped with those offered by NDS (National Diversified Sales).  In 1997, NDS purchased ADP and incorporated its […]

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The Catch Basin Medley: Know Your Options

NDS Catch Basin

The size, shape and material used to make a catch basin vary based on its intended application.  Round plastic catch basins are smaller and usually found in residential applications while larger, cement basins are used for heavier duty projects.  Many residential basins – even those on the larger side of the scale – feature optional […]

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