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Old 05-16-2019, 03:25 PM   #1
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keep animals out of yard drain


I have 4" corrugated draining to daylight with one of these grates at the discharge..... it fits loosely into the pipe and is secured by one screw at the top.

Its kind of restrictive to flow.

Whats a better way to keep animals out of the pipe?
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My sump discharge has a piece of 1/2"-pane wire fence bent over it and secured with a stainless steel gear (hose) clamp.
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Can you find a flare endpiece that provided a wider opening of 5 or even 6 inches and you put a grate of the same kind but larger over the end?
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Do you just need bigger holes? Cut out every other crosspiece. What kind of animals are we talking about here?
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The main offenders are chipmunks/ground squirels and regular sized squirels.

So smaller the better but unfortunetly the trade off is flow restriction and getting clogged by tree refuse that gets past the catch basin.

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Atrium drain grate. Lots of options on Amazon.

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I tried 1/4" hardware cloth and a hose clamp. After futzing with it for 10 minutes I got it secure but then realized the cover would have to be removed to clear tree debris from time to time.

So instead I just modified the plastic grate I already had. There was a 3" collar on the inside to attach to 3" pipe. I cut it out with a rotary cutting tool and then I drilled 1/4" holes around the circumference of the grate allowing more flow.

I attached it to the pipe with a stainless self taping screw which is easier to remove than the hose clamp/hardware cloth for clearing debris.
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I would work on fixing the catch basin so it traps more debris before it goes down the pipe.
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Ayuh,..... I wouldn't worry 'bout it, 'n leave an open drainage tile,....
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Any unwanted tenants get evicted every time it rains,......
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