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The ability to differentiate between home repairs and improvements that you can make yourself and those that will require the help of a contractor is a very important skill to have. Not only will this skill prevent you from spending more money than you need to on professional services, but it will also help you to avoid costly mistakes by attempting DIY projects that are out of your league. It is my hope that this information contained in this blog will help you to obtain this skill. More importantly, it is my hope that once you have identified a project you wish to take on, this information in this blog will help you to get the job done.

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How To Install A Frameless Glass Shower Door

Ross Stewart

If you plan to remodel your bathroom, consider installing a frameless shower door. Frameless shower doors are constructed from tempered glass with pre-drilled holes for hinges, and they don't have metal on the edges. Here are some tips to install frameless shower doors.

Make Preparations

For this project you need the following items:

  • tape measure
  • felt-tip marker
  • wooden shims
  • two sawhorses
  • towels
  • screwdriver or hex wrench
  • leveler
  • utility knife
  • frameless door

Since tempered glass panels cannot be cut, you must get accurate measurements of height, width, and depth after tiles have been installed. 

Install Wood Shims to Align Door

Insert several wood shims on top of the shower dam on the door opening. Wood shims are wood used to hold large wooden fixtures sold by home improvement stores. Set the frameless door on the shims while adjusting for fit so the pre-drilled holes in the door are in line with the holes in the stationary panel.

Check for evenness with the leveler, making certain the vertical gap is even between the stationary panel and door. Remove the door, set it  on a soft surface, and place masking tape over the shims.

Attach Handle and Hinges

Set two sawhorses 4 feet apart and lay a towel over them to protect the door. Insert the rubber gaskets on each half of the handle on the inner end. Fasten one-half of the handle in the holes below the door and the other half on top with the screwdriver.

Use the hex wrench or screwdriver to loosen the screws on the hinges, insert the rubber gaskets on the hinge face. Insert half of the hinge in the hole below the door and the other half on top of the door, then tighten the screws with the hex wrench. 

Install the Door

Turn the hinges until they are 90 degrees. Line the gaps of the stationery panel evenly with the exterior end of the hinge. Keep sliding the door to the side until the hinges are even with the holes, and secure the screws with the screwdriver or hex wrench. Take off the masking tape and shims, then close the door and make the edge of the door even with the stationary panel. 

Loosen the screws on the adjustable header corner, insert the seals, and place it on the door hinge side. Adjust the header corner to make the center swivel even with the gap between the stationary panel and door, then fasten the screws. Insert the bottom seal marking and trimming with the utility knife to fit.

You now have a lovely frameless glass shower door. If this is beyond your skill or you need a bigger project complected, hire a professional bathroom remodel service, like Sandia Marble.


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