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Perforated Metals Have Many Uses

I don’t have a garbage disposal installed in my sink. And, because my dish-washing methods aren’t too intentional as far as avoiding drain clogging is concerned, every so often I find myself trying to fish oversized chunks of yesterday’s leftovers out of the sink so that the water will empty itself out. It’s an annoying and sometimes gross process, and it all could be avoided if I would remember to use my perforated metal drain catch cover every time I do dishes.

Perforated metal comes in handy in a surprising number of places and in a surprising number of ways. Consider the example of my perforated metal drain catch. It’s a remarkably simple tool that would, if I used it, help save me a remarkable amount of time. A perforated metal drain catch is kind of a metaphor for all other perforated metal products; it accomplishes what most perforated metal products are designed to accomplish.

Consider its structure. It’s characterized both by its holes and by the metal in between the holes. In the case of the drain catch, it’s designed so that water can pass through, but large particles get caught, and this helps to prevent the drain from becoming clogged with stuck objects. In the case of perforated vents, perforated fences, perforated wall paneling and perforated everything else, the perforated metal is permeable to desirable things like light and air but not permeable to undesired things like humans and the parts of the toast that got too burned. This is the shocking duality of perforated materials: they are there and not there. I suppose shocking isn’t the most accurate or realistic word, but you have to admit: perforated metals serve a pretty useful purpose, and they certainly can come in handy.