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How to Fix a Shower Curtain Rod

By: Joe Truini

Considering trashing a failing shower curtain rod? There’s an affordable alternative.

Sometimes it’s just as easy to repair something as it is to replace it.

A spring-loaded shower rod that has fallen down is a great example. These types of shower rods work under tension, and if the mechanism inside has snapped, there will be no tension to hold it.

To fix the problem, simply set the rod to the correct length, mark it with tape and then drill two holes through both pieces of the rod.

Place stainless steel screws in the holes so that they won’t rust.
This will lock the rod into position, but once it’s in place there won’t be any reason to adjust it.

Instead of $10-$15 for a new rod, you pay for the screws.

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  • cheezey Says:
    February 28th, 2019 at 5:19 pm

    Great tip, worked like a charm!!! thanx

  • Official Comment:

    Thomas Boni Says:
    January 10th, 2019 at 4:39 pm

    Hi, Agnes!
    What a great question! We recommend submitting questions about unique situations like yours to the Today’s Homeowner Radio Show.
    Please use this form to contact Danny Lipford, America’s Home Expert, directly:
    Take care!

  • Agnes Says:
    January 9th, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    New shower caddy need to remove one pole it will not budge how do I remove it tried WD 40 no success

  • Sharon Says:
    October 5th, 2018 at 5:30 am

    My tension rod is stuck, can’t get it down. Should I try like away where the rods go together?

  • fiona dempsey Says:
    October 6th, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    I have a shower riser rail and the part that holds up the shower head seems to have loosened.i have tried screwing it in tighter but it hasn’t helped so I have to tie the shower head up with string to keep it in there anything I can do with it apart from replacing the whole shower rail?

  • Lee Says:
    July 14th, 2016 at 11:12 am

    Can I replace inner spring? No power drill or capable user here.

  • Mike Says:
    October 4th, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thanks so conmon sense I should have thought of it.

  • jimmy Says:
    October 3rd, 2007 at 11:06 am

    My shower door does not shut tight, i think it is leaning on the top but not the bottom

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How to Fix a Shower Curtain Rod