Fixing It: Tension Rods

I try very hard to fix or repair things around the house instead of just throwing them away and going out to buy a new one. We live in such a disposable society and I don’t think that is good.

When something breaks, we try to fix it. There are times when we can’t, but I certainly appreciate it when we can.

Tension rod end caps 1We have several tension rods that I used to hang curtains on When we lived in Palm Springs, CA. Our house was built in 1959 and had plaster walls. It was just easier to use tension rods to hang some simple curtains than it was to hang a rod and hope the plaster didn’t crack all over the place. I still have the tension rods (and curtains that I made) and use them for different things.

I mainly use them in the winter when we build a fire in the fire place. Our fireplace is not efficient at all, so what heat it does put out I want to keep in the main room. Some doorways have doors, others do not, so I use the tension rods and curtains in several doorways to help keep the heat in the main part of the house.Tension rod end caps 2 When one of the rubber ends cracked I started to look for a replacement.

Now, I know that tension rods are a relatively inexpensive item and I could just go out and buy a whole new one. I also know that I could use the metal tubing for some other project around the house or garden, but since I couldn’t think of anything to use it for off the top of my head, I chose to replace the end caps. That proved to be harder than I thought it would be. I finally found something that would work from a local hardware store. It is much bigger than the original end, but it works. One end of the rod was a perfect fit. The other end is smaller so I needed to use masking tape to take up the extra room. I think of Gramps when I do things like this. I think he would have been proud of me with this one!

Do you try to fix things before going out to buy something new?

Sincerely, Emily

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4 Responses to Fixing It: Tension Rods

  1. Joanna says:

    Brian is the great fixer around here. He loves mending things. The best bit in Zen and the Art of Motorcyle Maintenance is the bit where he fixes his bike with aluminium shim cut from a can. I always loved that part. Well done for fixing your tension rod!

  2. Lizzie Meyer says:

    I had the same issue – why buy a whole new rod for £10 if the ends could just be replaced.
    Instead I purchased 2 Silicone Hose End Blanking Caps (Internal Diameter: 12mm) from http://www.autosiliconehoses.com/silicone-hose-end-caps-2-pack-blanking-plug-bung-4mm-to-32mm.html – total cost £3.50. They just push on for a really snug fit (helps to wet the inside slightly before pushing on. Perfect!!!!

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