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April 30, 2009

Helpful Hints from joeeze: Shower Curtain Hole Repair

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A blast from the past.

File under "Fixing a hole."

Not a week goes by that I don't receive a request for a source from which to obtain Shower Curtain Hole Repair discs (above), featured back in early 2007.

Rather than have to continue to respond individually to readers requesting this information, and because as a rule 10-100 times as many people think about doing something as act, I figured I'd put up the information here in a freshened post, with an updated live website source, for all those reenacting the Beatles' song.

Here's that 2007 post.

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Shower Curtain Saver

Add years of life to curtains and liners — just apply a clear peel-off 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.

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36 for $3.99.

N.B.: If you plan to proceed as advised above and put one of these on each side of each hole of a standard shower curtain, you'll need 2 x 12 = 24 discs 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.

Done.

And Nextel hadn't even been invented yet.

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yeah..but 3.99 plus $5 to ship...that's crazy!

Posted by: LC | Jan 15, 2010 5:56:27 PM

I usually just toss my shower curtain at that point. It may not be eco-friendly, but it's time friendly to just buy a new one every once in a while when it starts to become too stained to get by with a quick cleaning.

Posted by: Rocketboy | Apr 30, 2009 12:17:22 PM

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