FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Plastic Solution Trash Racks have been designed to meet as many of the existing specifications written for steel and aluminum racks and is a direct alternative or replacement for metal trash racks. In addition, Plastic Solutions can manufacture custom racks to meet your every need. We have spent over three years developing and testing a line of structural plastic Trash Racks that include many competitive advantages over metal racks. Our ongoing testing includes accelerated UV and weather testing, load testing and impact testing. Every step of the way, the Plastic Solutions Trash Racks have demonstrated exceptional strength, durability and the weather resistance needed to give you every confidence in specifying or owning these innovative products. In fact, we are so confident we are supplying you with the best Trash Rack on the market; we stand behind all of our Trash Rack products with a One Year Limited Warranty.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) include:
1. Why use structural plastic Trash Racks verses steel or aluminum?
Structural HDPE plastic offers many advantages including:
2. How will structural HDPE plastic hold up over time with continuous exposure to the sun’s UV rays?
Plastic Solutions adds a special UV inhibiting additive during the molding process similar to those used by the automotive manufacturers. The Plastic Solution Racks have been fully tested (they conform to ASTM D2565-99 test criteria and performance) to insure the plastic maintains its structural integrity over the intended life of the rack, even in the most severe extremes such as Florida and Arizona.
3. How do I mount the Plastic Solutions Trash Rack?
For concrete structures, we provide mounting holes in the base of the plastic rack and include standard 3/8” zinc plated anchor bolts, flat washers and nuts to secure the structure directly to the concrete. We also offer stainless steel anchor bolts and hardware as an option. When attaching the pyramid racks to metal or plastic pipe, the Trash Rack comes with a simple and easy to install mounting kit. For custom installations, contact us with your application and we will recommend the best mounting scenario.
4. Once mounted, how do I gain access into the Plastic Solutions trash Racks?
For Pyramid Racks 48” and smaller, we feel it is easier to unbolt the rack when access is required, so we do not offer an access door. We can install a lockable access door in the medium to large size Flat and Peak Roof Racks as well as Pyramid Racks that are 60” and larger. Access doors are optional and must be specified when ordering.
5. Our engineer is used to specifying anti-vortex plates on steel and aluminum racks--do you offer such an option on the plastic solution?
Yes, anti-vortex provisions can be added to our plastic racks. However, based on test results, we do not feel they are necessary, due to the size and design of our grid pattern. We can indeed supply this option when requested.
6. Can the height of the Plastic Solutions Trash Rack be increased if necessary?
Our racks can project out as far as required. We can easily add to the number of grids on the sides of the racks for any custom application. Please call us with your specifications.
7. How strong is the Plastic Solution Rack and how much will the plastic deflect?
We use a structural plastic molding process that combines High Density Polyethylene with fiberglass reinforcement to produce a high strength-to-weight ratio rack that has 3 to 4 times greater rigidity than solid parts of the same material and weight. In addition, extensive load testing has been done to insure the integrity of the Plastic Solution Trash Racks with consistently excellent results. The actual load rating is 2,030 lbs./sq. ft Depending on the span distance, some of our larger racks are reinforced with powder coated steel to help reduce the amount of deflection in the center of the rack. To show how strong these plastic Trash Racks really are, take a look at our sales sheet, which shows a 5000 lb. truck being supported by four structural plastic 48” Pyramid Trash Racks!
8. What if I can’t find an exact size Trash Rack for my application?
Plastic Solutions Inc. is ready to tackle any size application by customizing a Trash Rack design to your exact requirements. Please call us with your specifications or plans.
9. What kind of maintenance is required for Plastic Solution Trash Racks?
Plastic Solution Trash Racks are virtually maintenance FREE and will not rust or corrode, so our precious water stays cleaner. With Plastic Solutions Racks, one can dramatically reduce and/or delay expensive replacement costs normally associated with metal racks.
10. Are there any flammability concerns with a Plastic Solution Trash Rack?
In order for HDPE to ignite, it requires a very high-temperature fuel source. In addition, the Trash Rack’s large cross-section of polyethylene material combined with glass reinforcement will not ignite nor will it support combustion if exposed to a single flame.
11. How does the price compare to a metal rack?
Our pricing is very competitive with metal rack pricing and is typically just slightly lower. However, due to the considerably lower weight, installation costs are significantly reduced and replacement/maintenance costs are virtually eliminated. Therefore, selecting a Plastic Solution Trash Rack can potentially save the owner thousands of dollars because of the extended life of the plastic product and our One Year Limited Warranty.
12. Please visit our website at http://www.plastic-solution.com for CAD drawings or call us toll free at 877-877-5727 for a free CD or if you have additional questions. We look forward to becoming your supplier of quality Structural Plastic Trash Racks.
CSW Rev. A 12/02