Monday, June 02, 2014

Finding a Waterproof Bathroom Clock

The majority of my morning routine, from the time I wake up to the time I go out the door for work, is spent in the shower. I could probably be out the door with some form of breakfast in about ten minutes. Unfortunately, the shower is where I "wake up" and it takes up a good 20 to 30 minutes. Cutting it down has been my goal for over a decade. It probably won't stick if I try again, but why not give it a shot. In order to give it a shot, being able to literally watch the clock was necessary.

Waterproof bathroom clock?
Finding a clock that I could take into the shower with me turned out to be a lot harder than I thought.  The only real requirement that I had was for it to be waterproof and able to tell time. Did I mention that I'm hardcore nearsighted? It's to the point where I can make small things out -- not see clearly -- up to a foot in front of me. Nothing hung even a short distance form the shower would really work.

Shopping around turned up a few options, but nothing really satisfied me. They were either too big, reviews were concerning, or something else bugged me. I gave up for a while and then figured that I'd make my own given my limited requirements.

Making a shower clock?
I'm surprised that I didn't think of this one sooner. It consists of three items: two really cheap ones and a third somewhat more expensive one. Before I go into it, just a reminder that this is what I did and in no way am I recommending that you try it.

Here's the shower clock that I put together:
InterDesign Power Lock Suction Hooks
Casio F91W-1 Classic Resin Strap Digital Sport Watch
Short Piece of String

The total cost came to about CAD$ 25. At the time of writing, the cost of these items from was about US$ 15.

Essentially, I stuck a suction cup high up on the wall of the shower away from the showerhead and water, then hung the watch off of it. The string was tied to the watch on one end and the tower or shower curtain bar on the other -- in case the cup fails, the watch won't fall 6' and break, or scratch the tub.

The most important thing to note is that the watch that I chose is apparently only "water resistant". From some light research, it may not survive anything beyond gentle splashing. For this reason, I kept it relatively high and away from water. It was only $20, so I'm not concerned if it dies. To be honest, the temperature changes caused by warm showers (i.e. operating temperature) concern me more than anything else. I'll see how that goes over time... The watch hasn't died yet after a few weeks. Getting a more expensive and sturdy watch would probably take care of some of these problems.

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