Drain grille cover

I want to know what tools I need to remove this drain cover. The insides are starting to get clogged and I'm afraid of overflow.

Can I remove without sawing it off?

  • What size is that cover? Can't really tell scale from that image. Also, what material is it? – JPhi1618 Jul 15 at 15:05
  • One average male footlength squared. – Germania Jul 15 at 15:05
  • There's no rust so can't be iron. Steel? But it isn't shiny enough. Copper? Don't know. bronze? aluminum? – Germania Jul 15 at 15:15
  • It's vanishingly unlikely to be stainless steel (too expensive). Otherwise, the only difference between "iron" and "steel" is how carefully the carbon content is controlled - (wrought iron can be practically carbon free, cast iron is saturated, steel is in between). – Martin Bonner Jul 15 at 15:20

Either stick a screwdriver/crowbar in the gap round the edge and lever it up, or just stick a crowbar into the grillwork and lever. Be careful with the second option though - if it's fixed in hard, you might snap the grill.

Check the small holes at the top and bottom of the picture - they might contain some sort of bolt which needs to be unscrewed with (eg) an Allan Key.

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    Agree - large metal grates are usually held in place with gravity alone. There's a lot of junk in the cracks around the edges now, so it might be hard to remove. – JPhi1618 Jul 15 at 15:21

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