How to fix a shower tension rod

Written by kenneth crawford
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Shower tension rods are a convenient way to hang a shower curtain. No drilling of holes in the ceramic are needed to install these rods. However, sometimes the spring inside a tension rod will go bad. Before you purchase another tension rod to replace it, you can repair it rather quickly. It should take just a few minutes to repair a shower tension rod.

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Things you need

  • Tape measure
  • Coloured tape
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Screwdriver
  • Two stainless steel screws

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  1. 1

    Remove the tension rod and remove the shower curtain from it.

  2. 2

    Measure the width of the shower where the tension rod is to be installed. Measure twice and add 1/8-inch to the measurement. Stretch the shower rod to the measurement taken and mark with tape where the smaller portion goes inside the larger portion.

  3. 3

    Drill two pilot holes through the shower rod using a 1/8-inch drill bit. Make sure that the tape is lined up so that the shower rod is the correct length.

  4. 4

    Screw in two 1/4-inch self tapping stainless steel screws with a screwdriver. You want to use stainless steel screws because they will not rust.

  5. 5

    Place the shower curtain back on the shower rod. Angle the shower rod in the shower opening and position it into place.

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