Is your glass shower door giving you problems? If so you should not be surprised. Over time shower doors experience a lot of wear and tear, which can lead to parts needing to be replaced, or screws that may just need a bit of an adjustment.
You have two options when it comes to repairing your glass shower door. The first option is to try and fix your existing shower door. The second option that you have is to install new shower doors. The decision will be based on what part of it needs repairing and whether you may be looking to update your current shower door.
Installing a new shower definitely requires a little bit of time and a bit of knowledge as well. If this is your first DIY project then you may not want to take this one on alone, seek the help of a friend or family member that might want to assist you. If you are just trying to fix your current shower door then you can certainly complete this task alone. Just grab the tools below and get started.
Preparing For Repair
Before you get started you need to plug up the drain of your tub, if you don't have a stopper then you can use a towel or something of the sorts to ensure that no screws or other small items are able to get down into your drain. With your tools gathered and the drain covered you are ready to begin.
If you are going to try to fix your existing door then you can follow the steps below. However, if you are looking to update your shower, or just think that it is time for the door the be replaced, then you can skip the next section on replacing the door completely.
The first thing you need to do is use the screwdriver to unscrew the latch on the shower door. If the latch is broken or cracked on the actual latch itself then the fix will be simple. Just take the broken latch with you to the hardware store and get another one to use for a replacement.
If however, you find that the latch is not broken and appears to be in great condition then you can clean the latch and place it back on the door. Be sure that the latch is left slightly loose so that any needed adjustments to it can be made.
Now close the door and open it, with the latch still loose, at the same time you need to wiggle the connections to the frame or holds of the door. This needs to be screwed into place very tightly because it is a part of the door that is frequently used. That being said, you don't want for it to fall apart. Every month or two you may need to make an adjustment like this, so if you start to have problems again you should keep this in mind. If you are still having problems, or have another problem then continue to the next step.
If you find that there is a puddle of water on the outside of your shower's door then it is likely that you need to replace the rubber strip that can be found on the door bottom, this is known as a sweep. To check this you need to open the door while you are on the outside, now look under the door. If your sweep appears the be in good shape then you can try lowering the sweep to touch the frame. You just need to use the screwdriver to loosen the screws that are holding it in its place, now pull down on the sweep very gently. After you brought it down to meet the frame you can tighten your screws back up and try to close your door. The majority of the time you are going to find that this will take care of the leak that you have. However, if the sweep was in bad condition you are going to need to buy a new one and replace it.
Replacing The Sweep
Start by grabbing at the edge of the sweep and pull back in the direction of the outside of the shower door until you remove the strip from the track. You may find that it is easier to just unscrew the sweep from its track.
Since the size of these can vary you may want to take it with you when you go to purchase the replacement sweep. Once you have returned you can cut the sweep the appropriate length, if a cut is necessary. Now you can install the new sweep. If the sweep is one that goes into a track then you can use a little petroleum jelly to lubricate along the edge, this will allow it to slide into the track more easily.
Chances are one of the steps above repaired the problem with your shower door. If this, however, was not the case then you should order a new shower door and replace it using the steps below.
Removing The Panels
To get started you are going to remove the panels completely so that you can access the jambs for replacement. You need to work slowly here and make sure to be careful. You don't want to accidentally cause any damage to the area around the shower. If you work too fast you might end up making a mistake which will just take more time to repair. So slow down and take your time.
All you need to do remove the outside panel is the lift gently on it and then remove it. You need to do this with the other panel as well. Once both panels have been removed you can go ahead and remove the top track.
Removing The Jamb
Now you need to remove the jamb. With the drain blocked you can use a screwdriver to loosen the screws that attach the wall to the side jamb, you can use a claw hammer to help with the prying of the screws. Once the screws have been removed you need to get the utility knife, you are going to use this to cut the caulk on the outside of the jamb. Make the same cut again on the side of the jamb that faces the shower.
After that, in the groove from the cuts that you have made, you should place a putty knife and tap lightly on the end of it using a hammer, this loosens the caulk. After the bond is broken you can pull the jamb away from the wall and place it out of the way. You need to repeat these steps for the other side jamb.
Remove The Remaining Track
Make the same cuts that you did above to loosen the jambs from the caulking. Make a cut on the outside of the bottom track as well as a cut on the inside. Now you can place your putty knife in and again use the hammer to remove the caulk. After it is loose you can remove the track.
Now you can remove any caulk that remains on the edge of the tub or the walls. Be sure that you clean the area thoroughly before you proceed with the actual shower installation.
Handy Tip: As you continue with the installation process there will be many parts that you need to keep up with in a certain order. Using a bit of painter's tape here can really save you a lot of time and headache. All that you need to do is place tape on each side and place the parts that you need on this tape. The pieces will be easy for you to find and you will also not have to worry about them being sticky because painter's tape is low-tact.
Bottom Track Installation
With the outer lip of the bottom track facing away from the inside of the tub place it on the tub's ledge. You need to leave a gap of about ¾ of an inch in order to make sure that the side jambs can be accommodated. Now using the painter's tape again you can secure it temporarily into place. Take a pencil and lightly mark the position of the track.
Side Track Installation
Start by raising the tracks up high, you then need to push them down into place. Be sure that the tracks are level, going down and up, or the doors are not going to be able to properly function. Place the level on the track, look to ensure that the center level bubble is inside the lines.
Once you are sure that everything is leveled you can now tape the side tracks into place. Make sure that you do this for both of the side tracks. Put enough painter's tape to hold the track but you don't have to over do it either, not that it will hurt anything, but no need in wasting tape if you don't have to.
Fastening The Jambs
Now that both of the jambs are in their correct position it is time to get started securing them. First, you need to get your drill and a small masonry bit that is around an eighth of an inch and use it to drill the pilot holes where you will place the screws to fasten it to the side wall. After you have drilled the holes for both sides you can remove the tape for the bottom track as well as the side jambs.
You need to widen the holes a little now that everything is removed. This time you need to use a 3/16 inch bit. Widen all the pilot holes that you drilled and insert a plastic screw anchor in each one. Now you should attach the jamb that will be nearest the storage column using three screws. For the other side jamb, all you need to fasten is the top and the bottom. The hole in the middle just needs a screw placed in the bumper insert, place this in the hole and then tighten it.
Installing The Bottom Track
Your side tracks should now be in place and you can snap in the bottom track. Make sure that you check to see that it is lined up with the tub's edge along the marks that you made earlier. This is where you may find that extension piece to be handy.
You can extend it to the track on the outside so that you know when you are in the right position for mounting the tower for shelving. The gap here needs to be placed below where the shelving will go in order to hide it. You can use tape here as well to allow you to make sure that you are on the correct side.
Storage Column Installation
Now, with the track on the threshold of the tub, place the column over your extension piece, then slide it in the correct place on the wall jamb that you chose. Now you can use the self-drilling screws to secure the jamb to the column.
Fasten The Jamb To The Column
Now on the opposite side of the column, you need to install the center jamb. Use the screws that came with it to fasten it in place. Don't forget that the center jamb will also have a middle slot for a bumper insert to be installed. The shelving tower should be locked in place and so should the bottom track and your side jambs.
Top Track Installation
For this step, you need to measure the distance from one side wall to the other. You will then need to write this measurement down. It is helpful to measure twice, this helps to ensure that you only have to cut one time. Now mark the track and then if you want a cut that is more precise you can use the miter saw for the cut. With the track cut, file the edges if is necessary. Once the track is ready you will place it over your wall jambs and then push down on the track.
Shelving Unit Installation
The shelving unit is finally ready to be finished up according to your personal preference. Then over the middle screw on the center jamb and the shower column, you will slide the bumpers. Cover any screw heads that are showing with the covers that came with the kit, do this for the side jambs and the center jamb.
Before you are able to hang the doors you should caulk the frame. You want to do this before hand because if it gets on the glass it can be a little difficult to remove. There are three points that you are going to caulk on the frame. First, you will caulk on the bottom track at the outside edge, and then again on both of the corners on the inside. Finally, you can repeat this process on the side tracks inside corner.
To begin caulking you will apply a bead of the silicone caulk on the underside of the outer edge on the track at the bottom near the outside of the tub. Now you need to place a bead where the side and center jambs meet at the bottom track. For this part use your finger, if you want, to smooth any edges that are rough. Lastly, you will apply a bead where the walls and the side jambs come together, this is on the shower's inside.
Hanging The Doors
After the caulk is dried you are ready to hang up the doors. This will actually be a two part step. First, while outside of the shower, lift on the panel on the inside, the rollers should face your shower, now hang this on the inner rail that is on the top track. You need to do this for the outer panel as well, but this time the rollers will face away from the inside and not towards it. Now move the doors so that you can get inside of the tub. You need to make sure the slots are aligned on the guide panel with the holes that are on the track. In these slots, you need to insert screws and then tighten them down using your screwdriver.
Now all you have to do is move the doors from one side to the other to see if the guide is functioning properly. If the doors move like they should then all that is left is to clean up, and that is another DIY task that you have successfully completed. Your glass shower door repair is finished.