Building the perfect shower head: Tahoe man hopes city’s enterprise program will help move his invention |

Building the perfect shower head: Tahoe man hopes city’s enterprise program will help move his invention

Susan Wood

Dan Thrift / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Jack Frazee has a product he would like to sell and has approached the city about its small business program.

Jack Frazee, a retired South Lake Tahoe doctor, takes pride in being an inventor. The gate leading up to his Jameson Beach Road home was his idea. It opens in an upward direction rather than from the side.

Now he’s taken his creative spirit indoors to his shower. Frazee has developed an adapter that he claims unclogs his shower head and prevents condensation build-up. He wants to take the shower head concept further, but he needs help manufacturing and distributing it.

Frazee is a prime candidate for the city’s new microenterprise program, which assists companies with no more than two full-time employees. More than 70 percent of the businesses in South Lake Tahoe fall under this category.

Entrepreneurs may apply for low-interest loans up to $25,000 to fund the capital resources necessary to get their business moving. The loans are available through the California Community Block Grant, which has set aside money for cities and counties for entrepreneurial purposes. The city expects to hear about receiving the state funds in February.

In the meantime, the 16-year South Shore resident formed the Frazee Design Group, developed a business plan and applied for a patent over a year ago. Most patents take two years to complete. Frazee said he’d consider using the city’s program for help with the shower invention. Most people brush the water off the shower head, but Frazee seemed unsatisfied with that. He bought plastic from Scotty’s Hardware to make a 1-inch prototype. He figured it took him 25 to 50 cents to make. He plans to sell it for $5 to $10.

“I want to solve a big problem throughout the nation and the world,” Frazee said, while standing in his shower.

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This isn’t the first time Frazee has invented a device. He claims to have come up with an adaptable drill bit that allows a user to use the tool from various angles.