Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Singing the Praises of the Sign of the Crab Oval Shower Enclosure

Sign of the Crab clawfoot tub shower enclosure sets have always been popular with Shop 4 Classics' customers. The most frequently requested modification to these enclosures has been to replace the rectangular shower curtain ring with an oval shower curtain ring. While most customers are happy with a rectangular shower curtain ring, others prefer an oval shower curtain ring. Unfortunately, Sign of the Crab did not offer an oval shower surround. We've helped some of our more adamant oval shower curtain ring enthusiasts assemble a Sign of the Crab shower enclosure set that replaces the rectangular shower surround with a Sunrise Specialty oval shower curtain ring but this did not come without limitations.

The first issue with the Sunrise Specialty solution is that Sign of the Crab does not offer their clawfoot tub shower enclosure kits without the shower surround. The shower surround cannot be simply deleted from the shower enclosure set as it would no longer be a set. The Sign of the Crab clawfoot tub faucet, shower riser, and showerhead can all be purchased separately to assemble a kit from parts but the shower enclosure set is not available as a kit without the shower curtain ring.

The second issue deals with support for the vertical shower riser. Sign of the Crab's rectangular shower surround includes a tee that supports the shower riser. The Sunrise Specialty oval shower ring does not have a tee and, therefore, provides no way to support the Sign of the Crab shower riser and showerhead. Support could be provided with a wall mounted shower riser holder if there were a wall at the faucet end of the clawfoot tub but if there was no wall, there was unfortunately no way to support the riser with the Sunrise Specialty oval shower ring. A resourceful customer might fabricate a piece to brace the Sign of the Crab riser to the Sunrise Specialty oval shower surround but most customers compromised their preference and accepted the rectangular shower surround.

In March, Sign of the Crab published their 2010 catalog and prayers were answered. Included in the 2010 catalog was an oval shower ring. "Hallelujah!" exclaimed the oval shower ring zealots. The Sign of the Crab oval shower surround includes a clamp to support the shower riser and although this clamp is part of the wall brace, the wall brace can be converted to a ceiling brace with an elbow (see "No Walls. No Worries. Installing a Shower Enclosure Without Wall Support"). In addition to the wall brace, the Sign of the Crab oval shower curtain ring includes two ceiling braces. The clamps for all three of the braces allow them to be placed on either end or either side of the shower surround resulting in a very versatile oval shower curtain ring.

Currently, the Sign of the Crab catalog only includes one shower enclosure set with the new oval shower surround. However, the rectangular shower surround can be deleted from any of the other Sign of the Crab shower enclosure sets and replaced with the new oval shower surround. Substituting the oval shower surround in place of a rectangular shower surround still results in a complete shower enclosure kit and does not necessitate purchasing the parts individually.

If you prefer your shower enclosure set with an oval shower curtain ring, contact Shop 4 Classics for help customizing a Sign of the Crab shower enclosure set for your clawfoot tub.

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