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Great green grates

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Ever wonder what happened to that 1967 Ford Fairlane Grandpa used to drive? It could have been reincarnated into a new line of drainage grates made by Iron Age Grates. These iron beauties are made from melted-down engine blocks and wheel drums, and add a touch of chic architectural interest to an otherwise mundane area, the places in a hardscape where water drains away.

Cost wise, trench grates are about $60 for a 2-foot section that is 6 inches wide. I’ve held one of these, and they’re thick and heavy, weighing in at 14 pounds! Catch basin grates are $85 for a 12-inch square. Check out the cool patterns here.

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