Want to rejuvenate the look of your bath? Sliding glass shower doors may be the one additional feature that makes all the difference. Installing a sliding glass shower door that enhances the look of your bath can add flair and value to your home. If your craftsman skills are up to par, then glass shower door installation can be a fruitful and rewarding home renovation project for you to undertake.
As with any home renovation project, thorough following of instructions is the key to shower door installation success. The process generally takes two to four hours to complete, and has a difficulty level of easy to moderate, depending on the type of door you buy. Here are the tools that you’re going to need:
- Tape measure
- Caulking gun with silicone sealant
- Automatic punch
- Ratcheting screwdriver
- Screws with matching wall anchors
- Plastic mallet
- Drill and drill bits
- Utility knife
- Vacuum cleaner
Once you have all these items, you are ready to begin the installation process.
Use your hacksaw to cut the aluminum base track to fit securely between the stall walls. Smoothen the sawed ends with a file. Clean up the metal fillings immediately with the vacuum to keep them from damaging your tiles.
Place the aluminum base track on the threshold, ensuring that it’s perfectly centered. Use a pencil to mark the threshold along the track edge near each end so you can reposition it if it slips during jamb installation.
Hold a jamb piece against the wall on the side of the shower opening with the door hinges so its lower end fits into the base track.
Drill holes for wall anchors at each mark. Using the plastic mallet, tap a plastic wall anchor into each drilled hole, then insert the available screws into each hole.
Slip the hinge rail of the door into the jamb. Check the level of the strike-side edge to ensure its straightness. The hinge rail should still be engaged with the jamb. If not, pull the hinge rail out of the jamb slowly at the top or bottom. Have a helper hold the door in place, then drill four pilot holes through the available hinge rail holes and into the mounted jamb. Secure the hinge rail to the jamb with the available screws.
Now that the hardest part of the job is done, all that’s left to do is to install the remaining jamb, attach the header, screw the frame together, set the drip rail and apply the silicone caulk. Be sure to clean up after you work.
Of course, your hard work will be all for naught if you don’t have a top quality glass shower door. For the best in the market, visit the most trusted providers of glass shower stalls, such as Ocean Bath And More.
(Installing a Glass Shower Door, DIYNetwork.com)