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January 13, 2007

Shower Curtain Hook Hole Repair Disks


Hey, let's spend a little more time in the shower space this morning before we move on.

Now that you've solved the splash problem, you can focus on the smaller stuff.

From the website:

    Shower Curtain Saver

    Add years of life to curtains and liners — just apply a clear Curtain Saver over each hole.

    Don't throw out your favorite shower curtain because of a torn hook hole.

    Strong plastic reinforcements can be applied in seconds and last years.

    For best results, apply one saver on each side of the curtain hole.

    Pack of 12 peel-off laundry-safe savers.


12 for $7.95.

N.B.: If you plan to do as the website advises and put one of these on each side of each hole of a standard shower curtain, you'll need 2 x 12 = 24 curtain saver disks (two sets) to cover all the holes.

Then you'll know how many holes it takes not to fill the Albert Hall but, rather, exist in a standard shower curtain.

Even I can do that math — as long as I have a calculator.

But maybe you don't have a calculator and maybe you don't have any interest in ordering these things.

I can see how you'd feel that way.

"Solve the problem with what's in the room," was one of Edwin H. Land's favorite sayings.

I've always found it a source of inspiration and inventiveness, at least in my neck of the woods.

One day, many years ago, I noticed a tear between one of the holes in my shower curtain and the top edge.

I shrugged.

I mean, you have 11 others to take up the slack, right?

But as time went on and I'd occasionally glance at the rent and think about it, I wondered if there was a way to repair it with what was in the room.

At the time I lived in a studio apartment in LA so it really was "in the room."

I espied a roll of strapping tape, that really strong stuff you hurt yourself trying to tear before you give up and go get a knife or scissors.

Then I remembered I had a paper punch, the kind you use to punch holes in plain paper so you can put it in a three-ring binder.

I cut off a piece of strapping tape about two inches long and folded it over the top of the shower curtain and over both sides of the torn hole.

Then I used the paper punch to make a new hole.


And Nextel hadn't even been invented yet.

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I wash my shower curtain in the machine,delicate cycle, rings and all, about once a month. Thence in the dryer for about 10 minutes. It comes out almost dry and soft enough to handle. I am using the bright blue balls to keep the dryer contents fluffed without softener sheets. They serve to keep things loose. I found them in a Walter Drake catalog.

Posted by: Betty L | Jul 8, 2008 10:50:03 AM

After I posted my comment, I did just a bit more searching and I found them at another site: http://www.mileskimball.com/products/c-g12800.asp and they're half the price noted in this blog!

Posted by: Jenni P | Oct 10, 2007 10:22:35 AM

I would really like to know where to get these also, the link in this blog is defunct. As for disposable shower curtains, once in a while you might find one that you really like, and some of them cost far more than $5, so it might make sense to fix it rather than replace it. Now, if you buy the plain, cheap kind, yeah, go ahead and toss it after a few months.

Posted by: Jenni P | Oct 10, 2007 10:19:10 AM

Who manufactures these hook hole repair discs and how can I get some. I really would like to speak to a rep to get some?????????

Posted by: Shawn Bowen | Apr 2, 2007 6:09:40 PM

YEAH!! What clifyt said. Exactly.

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 13, 2007 3:43:42 PM

Joe --

A few years ago, you were just advising that washing shower curtains was for schmucks, especially when they cost like $5 for a decent one. I ended up taking that advise to heart, especially as it generally costs me more than that in cleaning supplies to keep the thing looking clean.

Now I just buy a new once every 4 or 5 months...and then you go and flip out and change your stance to the point of doing surgery on these once disposable curtains to extend their life longer.



Posted by: clifyt | Jan 13, 2007 3:29:16 PM

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