We needed something in the shower to hold shampoo bottles and soap – they kept falling off the edge and I even put a spice rack on the edge of the tub, which didn’t work well because it kept rusting. So, deciding that a corner caddy would be best but not wanting to drill holes in the wall, we went for a

PowerlockSUCTION Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy, 2-Tier Corner Shelf

Note the word suction, which is attached  to the words power and lock, making you think that the caddy will stick itself like a limpet to the shower wall, holding all your shampoo bottles, soap, washcloth,shower-cap, and maybe double as a chin-up bar if you feel like some exercise. The caddy is also Rust Proof, and 2-tiered, making it attractive and shiny and able to hold more than a single bar  of soap at a time. We bought it, after asking the salesperson if it really worked.

“Of course,” he replied. “just make sure your wall is clean before sticking it on.” 

Note to self – Did you really think a salesperson was going to say, “Hell no, that thing is useless. Get a spice rack and balance it on the edge of the tub, it will work better!”  ?

We took the PowerlockSUCTION Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy, 2-Tier Corner Shelf home and proceeded to wash the wall. My shower wall was already clean. Believe me – it’s in the shower. The wall is clean. However, mindful of the salesman’s words, I scrubbed it with white vinegar and 90 proof alcohol to remove Any Trace of Grease and polished the wall until it just about Blinded me. Then we took the amazing  PowerlockSUCTION Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy, 2-Tier Corner Shelf and proceeded to try to put it on the wall. 

The  PowerlockSUCTION Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy, 2-Tier Corner Shelf comes in several (16) pieces: 4 suction cups, 4 caches, 4 silver-toned screw-on caps, 2 corner trays, 2 wall hangers that hold the trays and that attach to the suction cups with silver toned caps that screw on the silver toned caches. (Cache – a fancy word that means that round disk that hides the ugly black suction cup.) Note that I have stopped using the words Power and Lock to go with Suction. 

Try to attach the 2 wall hangers onto the 4 suction cups while calculating how far apart they have to be in order to hold the 2 trays, that hook on – too far apart they won’t reach, one higher than the other and the bottles will tip, and you have to get all four on the wall at once. We put the whole thing together and fiddled about, holding it up to the wall, where I drew circles around the suction cups to show where they had to go. Then we carefully followed directions and tried to get the cups to stick on the wall. The first suction cup fell off the wall, landed on the floor of the tub, and WE COULDN’T GET IT OFF. We had to pry it off with a crowbar. But it steadfastly refused to stick on the wall. And once we did finally get all four on the wall, one was too far left, and the darn tray didn’t hook on it.  We adjusted, and the first suction cup plopped off the wall.

(An hour and 45 minutes later….) we finally had the  Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy, 2-Tier Corner Shelf on the wall. Holding our breath, we put one bottle of shampoo in it. Then, when it didn’t come crashing down, we put a bar of soap on it. Still it stayed on the wall. In the top tray, I very carefully placed a washcloth. We looked at each other, and very slowly eased out of the room. We gently shut the door. CRASH! The whole thing fell into the tub in 16 pieces. 

“At least it didn’t fall at 3 am, waking us up out of a deep sleep,” I said cheerily. (I always see the bright side of things. It is what endears me to my husband. Well, sometimes.) He picked up the 16  Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy pieces and put them on the counter. He looked at them. He looked at me. “I need to think about this,” he said. (He’s a Taurus. They don’t rush into things. That’s me, with my, “Oh look, a caddy to stick on the shower wall, isn’t that a great idea?” )

Today, while I was at work, my husband took the suction cups, put a special kind of cement-glue on them, and stuck them to the wall. Now the caddy is firmly in place. It will not move. It better not.


Further notice: Now, this was supposed to be a bathroom caddy for my tiled shower wall. Here is what is written at the bottom of the instruction sheet in tiny tiny letters:

“Marble, plaster, porcelain, nano tiles, plastic and wood are porous and cannot maintain suction.”

So my question is, where on earth can you hang the fricking  PowerlockSUCTION Rust Proof Stainless Steel Shower Caddy, 2-Tier Corner Shelf, if not on marble, plaster, porcelain, nano tiles, plastic or wood? Aren’t bathroom tiles porcelain? I looked on the Internet and found this:

  • For bathrooms or laundry rooms, use a porcelain tile. Not only is porcelain tile more durable because of their hardness, they are more resistant to moisture. It is the best choice for tiling bathroom floors, bathroom walls, shower stalls, and when tiling around bathtubs.

!Update! At approximately 4 am this morning, the shower caddy fell, waking us up.

Stef could not get back to sleep (maybe it was my hysterical laughter) and so he has been up since 4:30 am putting the suction cups decorative rubber things back on the wall using even stronger glue. This time, he says, he will stick. Or it will go into the trash.

Advertisements