Blow molder Meredith-Springfield Associates, Inc., Ludlow, Mass. (meredithspfld.com), recently developed a novel solution for homeowners who suffer foundation flooding from gutters and downspouts. Called the Extend-A-Spout Drainage System (EAS), it consists of multiple parts that snap-fit together precisely, requiring strict process control during molding. “We have perfected blow molding of very technical, long parts on our modified, twin-sided shuttle blow molders,” said Mel O’Leary, president/CEO. “Part length for continuous-extrusion blow molding is normally limited to around 20 in., but with our proprietary processes and equipment, we can run parts as long as 36 in. and 9 in. deep.
Molded for Amerimax Building Products Inc., Plano, Tex., the EAS consists of three streamlined components (see the illustration above from Amerimax): the HDPE downspout adapter (A) that fits 2 x 3 in. downspouts; the flexible PP connector (B), which bends into multiple positions; and the low-profile HDPE diverter (C) that allows the product to blend into, and under, landscaping. Meredith-Springfield molds and packages the product, which is available at Home Depot and Loewes stores in selected regions.