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Larry M 04-06-2017 05:56 PM

Need a New Shower Grate
 
After 30 years our teak shower grate needs to be replaced. The grate now is about 15/16" thick and ~2' x 2'. Suggestions? Teak? Starboard? Thickness?

psneeld 04-06-2017 06:18 PM

While replacing teak with teak is nice...

I have seen some pretty snazzy Starboard ones which were solid with nicely routed holes and edges.

It's a shower grate, not the center piece art of your saloon.

dhays 04-06-2017 07:09 PM

My sailboat used what was essentially a piece of starboard with holed drilled in it. Simple, cheap, effective.

psneeld 04-06-2017 07:12 PM

My friends expensive sailboat has them and they look nice....so do teak grates but one is a heck of a lot easier.

Larry M 04-07-2017 08:04 AM

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Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 541375)
...It's a shower grate, not the center piece art of your saloon.

Good point.

Quote:

Originally Posted by dhays (Post 541388)
My sailboat used what was essentially a piece of starboard with holed drilled in it. Simple, cheap, effective.

Do you remember how thick it was? Do you think 3/4" will be thick enough to span about 20"?

Has anyone tried the Starboard with the non skid? I'm concerned about keeping it clean?

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RT Firefly 04-07-2017 08:11 AM

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Larry M 04-07-2017 09:01 AM

RTF: lol Restaurant floor matting wasn't quite what I had in mind.

Tom.B 04-07-2017 09:11 AM

For future reference... mostly off topic, tell me if you have heard this already... but you can make cleaning them easier in the future by only using liquid soap/body wash in the future.

Thank you... now back to your regularly scheduled argument. :)

psneeld 04-07-2017 09:38 AM

Any kind of non skid is hard to keep clean.

My guess is with enough holes, non-skid might not be necessary.

hmason 04-07-2017 09:54 AM

Thread drift!

If you want to keep your shower stall sparkling clean with no effort try "Method Daily Shower Spray." We have been using this for 2-years and we are full time cruisers. Haven't had to scrub the shower ever. It's amazing stuff.

Tom.B 04-07-2017 10:38 AM

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Originally Posted by hmason (Post 541544)
Thread drift!

If you want to keep your shower stall sparkling clean with no effort try "Method Daily Shower Spray." We have been using this for 2-years and we are full time cruisers. Haven't had to scrub the shower ever. It's amazing stuff.

That's two drifts in the span of three threads. Nice work sir. Nice work. :dance:

dhays 04-07-2017 10:49 AM

Need a New Shower Grate
 
The starboard on the sailboat was only about 1/2 inch thick but it was a smaller area than you have.

Your grate was close to an inch, but how much space under it? I would likely just try using thick Starboard and screw a couple strips of the Starboard or pieces of the old teak on the bottom of the Starboard with some SS screws. They wouldn't show and souls stiffen the Starboard.

Edit: Yes, using liquid body wash helps keep the shower clean as well as keep the shower drain and sump clear. I also use a little squirt of Raritan CP in the shower drain after a shower. It helps break down soap scum, he air, dead skin etc...

Heron 04-07-2017 11:48 AM

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Originally Posted by psneeld (Post 541542)
Any kind of non skid is hard to keep clean.

My guess is with enough holes, non-skid might not be necessary.

And regular Starboard has a bit of texture to it. The AS is more aggressive and likely harder on the feet... I use regular on my cockpit boarding steps with a 1/8x1/8 cut every 1" for drainage and additional traction. Easy to do on a table saw and more than enough traction for this application..looks nice too..

Larry M 04-07-2017 02:07 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Tom.B (Post 541533)
For future reference... mostly off topic, tell me if you have heard this already... but you can make cleaning them easier in the future by only using liquid soap/body wash in the future.

Thank you... now back to your regularly scheduled argument. :)

Quote:

Originally Posted by hmason (Post 541544)
Thread drift!

If you want to keep your shower stall sparkling clean with no effort try "Method Daily Shower Spray." We have been using this for 2-years and we are full time cruisers. Haven't had to scrub the shower ever. It's amazing stuff.

Thanks. My question about cleaning was more about my dirty feet. I go barefoot and/or wear flip-flops most of the time and I'm more concerned about foot tracks on the white. :rolleyes:

Larry M 04-07-2017 02:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by dhays (Post 541558)
...Your grate was close to an inch, but how much space under it? I would likely just try using thick Starboard and screw a couple strips of the Starboard or pieces of the old teak on the bottom of the Starboard with some SS screws. They wouldn't show and souls stiffen the Starboard....

Good idea. I was concerned about the Starboard not being stiff enough.

Larry M 04-07-2017 02:10 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Heron (Post 541575)
And regular Starboard has a bit of texture to it. The AS is more aggressive and likely harder on the feet... I use regular on my cockpit boarding steps with a 1/8x1/8 cut every 1" for drainage and additional traction. Easy to do on a table saw and more than enough traction for this application..looks nice too..

Thanks. If I go with Starboard, I'll use the regular.

mbevins 04-07-2017 02:33 PM

You could use a table saw and cut slots in the Starboard instead of holes . Draw out a pattern and cut

LaBomba 04-07-2017 03:21 PM

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Larry, I also used the regular Starboard for our boarding ladder and for our swim platform, 3/4 and 1" respectively. They do have just enough grip and clean up easily. Too bad you weren't closer, I have a 4 x 4 piece of 1" in the basement.:) I changed the above to get away from teak maintenance, just not my thing.

Larry M 04-07-2017 04:29 PM

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Thanks Allan: How stiff is the 1"? The grate I have now is 15/16". The longest dimension is 24".

LaBomba 04-07-2017 05:10 PM

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Originally Posted by Larry M (Post 541653)
Thanks Allan: How stiff is the 1"? The grate I have now is 15/16". The longest dimension is 24".

The 1" is very stiff. I would be surprised if you would get any flex at all.


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