I stayed in a disaster of a hotel room recently; it was all I could afford that would accept pets. The rod in the shower crashed to the floor in the middle of the night as the old adhesive gave way along with wallpaper and plaster. A call to the front desk resulted in being told “Someone would look at it in the morning.”
The next morning, the rod was removed and I was advised not to use the shower until a new curtain was put in. I spoke to the front desk later that day and was told by the manager that a new rod had been ordered and that I was in an “old room.” I suggested that I be allowed to purchase my own shower rod and use it in the room. This was met with, “You can do it if you spend your own money.”
Trying to find a reasonably priced and long spring rod for the hotel bathroom proved to be a trying experience at best. They just weren’t long enough for the room. I decided to make my own from PVC pipe.
I’ll share what I designed with you. You can use virtually any size pipe to create a spring rod to suit your needs. Using stronger pipe will result in a far stronger rod than a thin one.
You will need:
- · Hacksaw or PVC cutter
- · Construction adhesive
- · Measuring and marking tools
- · PVC pipes, two different sizes
- · PVC end caps
- · Spring to fit inside smaller pipe, two each
- · PVC cement
- · Construction adhesive
- · Wooden dowels to fit inside pipes
- · Hammer and push stick
Measure The Space For Your PVC Spring Rod
Measure the distance for your spring rod and record it on a piece of paper. Divide this measurement by three and write that down.
Choose Your PVC Pipe
Choose two sizes of pipes. One will be the primary pipe and the second will slide over the top of the primary. Here are sizes of common pipes and their secondary counterparts. For this table, OP means ordinary, or non-schedule 40 pipe which has thin walls, and S40 means schedule 40 pipe, which has thicker walls and is stronger.
½” OP ¾” OP
¾” OP 1″ OP
1″ OP 1 ¼” S40
1 ¼” OP 1 ½” OP
1 ½” OP 2″ S40
Cut your primary pipe 2/3 of the needed measurement. For this example, the total measurement is 48″ long. , Cut the primary pipe, say ½” OP, 32″ long. Cut two pieces of the secondary pipe 16″ long.
The two secondary pipes will fit over the primary. Attach and cement end caps over one end of each secondary pipe.
Dowels And Springs
Coat two wooden dowels and insert into each end of the primary pipe, allowing them to dry and saw off the excess flush with the pipe ends.
Place the two secondary pipes over the primary and hold up to the space. Carefully measure how much of the primary pipe is inside the secondary. Take apart and set the primary pipe aside.
Measure the length of the measurement inside the secondary pipes. Insert an adhesive coated dowel and tap into place using the hammer and push stick. Measure frequently to ensure the dowel is in the right place. Allow the adhesive to dry.
Put Everything Together
Insert a spring into each secondary pipe and place the secondary pipe over the primary pipe end. Do this on both sides.
To use, compress the secondary ends together and place the rod in place. Release the ends until the caps engage both sides of the space. Hang the desired items on the rod.
By making your own spring rods using PVC pipe, you can have curtains, closet rods or any custom item you need. You can dye, stain or paint your pipe to match your décor.
Source: The author of this article has over 40 years of experience in diverse subjects and skills such as DIY, home improvement and repair, crafting, designing, and building furniture, outdoor projects, RV’ing and more.
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