To add extra appeal to your bathtub, you may want to consider installing an oval shower rod over your bath area. This type of shower curtain rod is perfect for bathtubs and showers that are not directly installed into your bathroom wall. It can prevent water from splashing onto the floor and flooding your entire bathroom. The best thing is that you donít actually have to buy an oval rod because this can be an excellent home project, especially for those who are familiar with the process of welding. Here is a step-by-step guide on how you can make your own oval shower curtain rod.
Prepare the following materials: Work gloves, welding helmet, leather apron, table vise, welding flint striker, oxy-acetylene torch and tanks, and a metal rod. Position the metal rod in the table vise such that the area to be curved is situated right above the jaws of the vise. Next, take the necessary precautionary measures by putting on the welding helmet to protect your face, a long sleeved shirt to protect your arms, pants to protect your legs, a leather apron to protect your body, and work gloves to protect your hands from the flame and sparks emitted by the torch.
Open the acetylene, making sure to turn it only halfway. Now open the regulator valve to 5 psi while carefully watching the pressure indicator. Open the oxygen tankís main valve all the way and then open the regulator valve to 10 psi. Open the torch valves and light the flame, then open the acetylene torch valve just a little bit. Using the flint welding striker, light the gas and wait until no dark smoke is emitted from your torch. Remember that at all times you have to point your torch safely away from both yourself and anything flammable. You are ready to use the torch as soon as the flame becomes a neutral blue.
Start heating the metal rod on the area that you want to bend. Start bending the rod as soon as the heated area turns into a bright red-orange hue. Remember to turn off the torch valves before you work on the other side of the metal rod. In doing this, bear in mind that you have to turn off the oxygen torch valve, followed by the acetylene valve. Start shaping the metal into an oval shower rod by grabbing hold of the end of the rod. Never grab the rod on the heated part; rather, grab the part above it and then pull it over the jaw of the vise. Use a hammer to shape one side of the rod into half of the oval.
After shaping the rod, submerge it in cold water. As soon as the desired oval shape is achieved and the rod has completely cooled, you may now install it on your bathroom ceiling using anchors that are specifically made for hanging an oval shower rod. Now you have a bathroom accessory that is both elegantly stylish and perfectly functional. All that remains to be done is to choose the right shower curtain that will complete the look and feel that you want your bathroom to have.
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