What are Hair Catchers?
Hair catchers are devices used to catch hair from shower drains. They can be made out of plastic or metal and they can be attached to the inside or outside of your bathroom walls. You may have seen them hanging around in bathrooms, but there is no need to worry if you do not see any already. If you don’t want to buy one, then just make one yourself with some old clothespins!
How to Make a Hair Catch for Shower Drain?
You will need:
A piece of wood or metal (metal works better) A piece of rope A drill bit Drill bits come in different sizes so you can choose the size that fits your shower drain. You can use a 1/2″, 3/4″, 1″ or 2″ drill bit. You could also try using a screwdriver instead of the drill bit. A small screwdriver or similar tool.
1. Cut a piece of wood or metal to fit the inside of your shower door.
2. Attach the rope to the wood or metal piece by wrapping it around it and tying knots at both ends.
3. Drill a hole in the bottom part of the wood or metal piece so that you can insert your drill bit into it and turn it clockwise until you hear something click when turning it on its side.
This will be hard to do since the wood or metal is round. This step may require a little force. Do not overdo it though because you could break the drill bit or even your wrists if you are using metal.
4. If done correctly, you should have something that looks like a saw tooth on one side when looking from the top view.
You should also be able to move the wood or metal back and forth without it falling off.
5. Put the wood or metal piece inside your shower drain and it should cover the entire hole to where water can’t go down.
6. Every once in a while, check to see if there is hair on the wood or metal piece.
If you see any, remove it with your hand and throw it away.
That was pretty simple, huh?
You can also get ones that are already made if you do not feel like doing it yourself. They look like small plastic cups with little spikes on the inside. The only problem is that you will need to buy new ones every few months. This is a good idea for people with long hair because the catchers can only hold so much hair before it becomes full and no more will go down the drain.
What Are The Different Types?
You may be wondering what types of hair catchers there are. There are three different types. Each one has its own advantages and disadvantages:
Flat Hair Catcher This is the cheapest and easiest to use. It is just a simple disk with small spikes on one side (the side that goes against the drain). You place it over your drain and any hair that goes through the holes on the disk gets stuck in the drain.
Sources & references used in this article:
Protector for through-the-curb drain by GJ Missick, BW Chapman – US Patent 6,227,758, 2001 – Google Patents
Battery terminal protectors by AH Barke – US Patent 2,960,560, 1960 – Google Patents
Forest dwellers, forest protectors: Indigenous models for international development by R Reed – 2015 – books.google.com
Rain gutter covers and roof line protectors by RL Kuhns – US Patent 5,339,575, 1994 – Google Patents
Electronic Device for Impact Sport Head Protectors by JD Tomlin, FD Sundermeyer – US Patent App. 14/061,942, 2014 – Google Patents