Sliding Glass Shower Doors

Apr 28th

Sliding glass shower doors offer a convenient and stylish way to finish a bath or shower. The doors open sliding on a lane like the closet doors. This requires the installation of the rail and then the doors. Most come with the rail and accessories to install them. Measure the width of the tub where you will install the doors. Mark this measurement in the door rail with a grease pen. With the hacksaw cut it according to this measure. Install the rail and hold it in place with tape. Place the door jamb over the rail, which is a separate piece, wider than the rail. Once it is secured in place, insert the grease pen through these accessories to make a mark around the tub.

Small Shower Doors
Small Shower Doors

Drill the mounting holes before removing the door jamb and rail with a drill and a 3/16 inch drill bit. Use a masonry bit for the tiles and a metal bit for the plastic or fiberglass tubs. Insert the plastic anchors into the hole and put them in place with a hammer. These should be provided with the accessories. Place a layer of putty along the installation area. Install the shower doors rail and jambs, fixing them with accessories. Use all the implements provided, including the stops and washers. Measure and cut the jamb and rail to the top of the shower with the same method that you have installed the bottom.

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Assemble the shower doors by mounting the handles or towel bars in place. Mount the door panel with the screws provided with them. Place the inner door first, lifting it and fixing it in the rail on its rollers. The towel bar will be on the inside of the shower. Install the outer door by lifting it and placing it on the rail. The door handle will be out of the shower. Install the rail guides in the manner indicated in the instructions. Usually these are installed with a small metal screw or clip at the base of the rail. Pass another layer of putty along the jambs to complete the installation.