Create a Bathtub Splashguard
LESLIE: Sheryl in Connecticut has a splashy bath. Tell us about it.SHERYL: Hi. Yes, I have a house from the 30s and I’d like to maintain the original design with my shower/tub combination by using a shower curtain. But of course, water slips out and drips. And so I’m wondering if you can steer me towards a resource for a ceramic splashguard.LESLIE: Wait now, this is like a clawfoot tub that’s open on all sides?SHERYL: No, it’s not clawfoot. It’s installed against three walls but the wall that is facing the room, rather than having a glass enclosure, has a traditional shower curtain.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) It’s a curtain. Now, with – I don’t want to make you feel bad but we have a similar situation and I just tuck the shower curtain – the clear liner curtain – into the tub.SHERYL: (chuckling) [That you said] (ph) doesn’t make me feel bad. (Tom and Sheryl laugh)LESLIE: OK. I’m like I don’t want to be like, “Hey, tuck in your shower curtain.”SHERYL: It still kind of sneaks out. It’s in a guest room and so I can’t really go in there and (inaudible at 0:27:59.0).TOM: You have all of those guests taking sloppy showers. (Leslie chuckles) That’s your problem.SHERYL: Yeah, well, you know. That’s the way it works. (chuckles) I’ve eaten gotten one of the liners that has little suction cups on it and sort of pushed it up against the wall but it doesn’t really stay.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) So it sticks in?TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah. Yeah.LESLIE: And is it only in the corners or do you think it’s happening everywhere?SHERYL: No, I think it’s just actually dripping down the tile and then going over the lip of the tub.TOM: OK, so when you say ceramic splashguard, are you talking about that little guard that goes between the lip and the tub and the …LESLIE: The wall.TOM: … the wall? Kind of looks like a bit of a bracket?SHERYL: (overlapping voices) Yeah, like a triangle. And I’ve seen – you know, not that they’re great-looking – plastic ones but I don’t want that.LESLIE: (overlapping voices) I’ve seen them in clear.TOM: (overlapping voices) Yeah. Yeah.LESLIE: Hey, Sheryl, you know, you’re right. Those splashguards, I’ve only seen them in like yucky-looking plastic but here’s an idea. What about – you know those corner tile shelves that you would attach in the corner of the tub to put a soap dish on and they come in white or whatever?SHERYL: Yes.LESLIE: Can you use that?SHERYL: Well, I thought I would go to that if I didn’t find the actual guard. The only place I’ve actually seen one of these guards is in an old hotel that was beautifully restored and it, rather than having the curve come out of the sort of triangle, it was more of a concave next to it, which …TOM: Right.SHERYL: But you know what? The corner ones you’re talking about probably would function well; they’d just stick up a little farther.TOM: Right.LESLIE: Right, and they might have ridges for bars of soap.TOM: Yeah, and then you’re still going to have a challenge in terms of how you’re going to attach it but I think if you use an adhesive caulk, you could probably seal it on there quite nicely.SHERYL: OK.TOM: It’s worth a shot; you know, not a big investment, easy to put on and if it doesn’t work out you can just as easily take it off again.SHERYL: Or kick the guests out. (Leslie chuckles)TOM: There you go. (chuckles)SHERYL: OK. (chuckles) Thank you.TOM: You’re welcome. Thanks so much for calling us at 1-888-MONEY-PIT.