Drains are some of the most wonderful bits of civilization known to man. Plumbing is wonderful. But when it plugs up it gets very, very icky very, very fast.
This is my shower drain. The strainer keeps everything out of the drain, so I never have to open it up to take out the ggaaaaccccckkkk that hair and conditioner etc. turns into. I would do almost anything to never, ever have to deal with that disgusting goo. How it gets that way, and how it smells that way and HEY, is it MOVING?
So I figured out a solution!
This is a strainer for a kitchen drain and it won't fit IN my shower drain but it actually works much better upside down.
See, if it went in the right way, and there was a bunch of hair and .....stuff.....that sunk down into the pit of the strainer, then the drain would not drain, and the yucko would float up onto my feet. And then I would be horrified, disgusted and really grossed out. And would have to get out and wash my feet. Ick ick ick.
(Excuse me here while I gag slightly. Blargh.)
THIS way, with a dome instead of a "cave," the hair and "stuff" collects AROUND the drain, the water still goes down, it never gets on my feet. And later, when it's dry, I come in with a plastic fork and lift it off and throw it away. VERY little gack factor. No stink. No creepy slime. And I never, ever have to enter the Drain Zone.
Sure, it's held on with duct tape. Sure, there's a little bump in the middle of the shower that I have to be careful not to step on. But that's easy. I'm very easily addlepated...uh...adapted to such small things.
When it gets rusty-ish and too saturated with "stuff" that won't come up with the plastic fork, I just get a new one out of the cupboard and tape it down. Sometimes the duct tape is blue, sometimes it is white. I don't care as long as I never, ever have to fish around in the drain.