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Old 01-21-2018, 10:07 AM   #1
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Not sure if this belongs in plumbing or not, please correct me if I'm wrong. This house was built in 1979.

The steel cover on the garage floor drain has rusted and bulged upwards quite a bit and this keeps the water from properly draining. Very unfortunately, the drain is right where the wife steps when she exits the car, so she often steps in a puddle.

It looks like there are two parts, the outer housing (cast iron?) which is 12" x 12". The inner drain plate is 10" x 10". the outer portion seems to be in good shape. I did all sorts of Google searches and have been unable to find this style of drain in order to get a new plate. I'm pretty sure I can bust the old one out if I can find a replacement.

Any body know where I might find this inner plate? If not, any other solutions? Thanks.
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I've run into those old cast/broken drains and basically failed trying to find a replacement..... not to say you might not get lucky...

But everytime I've encountered it, I end up finding a black plastic drain cap and have to cut/machine it down to fit....PIA

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I've run into those old cast/broken drains and basically failed trying to find a replacement..... not to say you might not get lucky...

But everytime I've encountered it, I end up finding a black plastic drain cap and have to cut/machine it down to fit....PIA
Are these plastic caps strong enough to support a car?
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I had one like that in a horse barn. Once i got the center piece out, i just cut a piece of 1/4 thick aluminum plate to size, drilled the same number of holes in it, and that was 12 years ago. Still there.
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Are these plastic caps strong enough to support a car?

Probably not.... But I like LIGHTFOOT above^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^
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Would that work? As a temporary work around can you wife back the car into the garage?
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Until you find cover, I would tap that bubble down with a hammer so at least the water would flow. It may break but you have nothing to loose. Its coming out anyway. If it does break, throw a small piece of plywood over it so Mrs Murphy doesn't drop a stiletto.
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Until you find cover, I would tap that bubble down with a hammer so at least the water would flow. It may break but you have nothing to loose. Its coming out anyway.
Ayuh,.... Dig the cover off, 'n flip it upside-down,....
It'll be a drainable bowl, insteada a big hump of a dam,....
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Not mentioned but years back I wanted floor drains in a large garage and they were not allowed. Like everyone I had seen them everywhere but their reasoning was soil contamination. Should a large oil spill (or many small spills) occur the cost could be huge. At least with a new floor I was able to direct the water to the front door. In this and many other garages they are sloped to the drain which would become a bigger pond than current problem.

I don't have a solution but it is a concern.

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