How to Replace Sliding Shower Doors

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Update the look of your bathroom by replacing the sliding shower doors without replacing the shower. Sliding doors come in multiple styles, and you will not have a problem finding new doors that have the same colour metal trim as the old doors, and the frame. Save money by installing the doors yourself and use it to purchase the door style that you really want.

Skill level:
Moderate

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Things you need

  • Utility knife
  • Variable speed drill
  • Drill bits
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Level
  • Caulking gun
  • Clear silicone caulking
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Adjustable wrench

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Instructions

    Remove Old Frame and Doors

  1. 1

    Measure the height and width of the shower enclosure. This is the measurement that you need when you purchase the new shower doors.

  2. 2

    Step inside the shower and slide the doors shut. Take hold of the inside door with both hands; lift up and pull the bottom of the door out. The door will be released from the top rail, allowing you to remove it. Take the door out of the shower and set it aside. Remove the remaining door from outside of the shower in the same manner.

  3. 3

    Cut the caulking between the shower frame and the shower wall with a utility knife. Also cut the caulking across the bottom rail.

  4. 4

    Loosen and remove the screws that hold the top rail in place. The screws will be located at each end of the top rail, and facing the inside of the shower. Lift the top rail off of the frame.

  5. 5

    Remove the side rails by using the drill to take out the retaining screws. The bottom rail is not screwed into place. It will lift off of the shower base when at least one of the side rails is removed.

    Install New Frame

  1. 1

    Measure the length of both old side rails, and mark the same measurement on the new side rails. Measure the length of the old top and bottom rail, and mark the exact same measurement on the new top and bottom rail. Cut the side rails and the top and bottom rail with the hacksaw. Sweep up the metal shavings.

  2. 2

    Set the bottom rail on the outer shower base from where you removed the old one. Center the rail so that there is an even amount of space on both sides of the rail, and an even gap at both ends of the rail. Make sure that the highest side of the bottom rail is facing out. Tape the bottom rail into place so that it cannot move. Use the pencil to trace a short line on both sides of the rail in the event that it does move.

  3. 3

    Set the end of one of the side rails over the bottom rail. Hold the rail flat to the sidewall and place a level next to it. When the side rail is level, mark the screw hole locations on the sidewall with a pencil. Repeat this step on the opposite side wall with the other side rail.

  4. 4

    Read the instructions to find out the exact size of drill bit that you need to drill the screw holes, and then drill holes in the exact places where you marked the screw holes with the pencil.

  5. 5

    Insert the provided anchors into the screw holes. Slide the provided rubber stops over two screws. One screw with a rubber stop is inserted into the centre hole on each side rail. Finish installing the remaining screws. Set the top rail down on the top of the side rails. Insert a self-drilling screw through each end of the top rail into the side rails. You can reuse the screws that you removed from the old top rail.

    Hang New Doors

  1. 1

    Insert the threaded shaft of a roller through a hole at the top of the inside shower door. Place a nut on the end of the threaded shaft and tighten it as far as you can by hand. Use the Phillips screwdriver and a wrench to finish tightening the roller. Insert the second roller into the hole on the other end of the shower door and tighten it.

  2. 2

    Repeat this process for the outer shower door with the exception of the placement of the rollers. The rubber wheels on the rollers must be facing out.

  3. 3

    Connect the towel bar to the outer shower door. There are pre-drilled holes in the door for the bar to secure to. Insert the provided screws through the screw holes on the towel bar and into the pre-drilled holes on the shower door. Tighten the screws with the Phillips screwdriver.

  4. 4

    Step inside the shower with the inside door. Raise the door and hook the rollers on the inside track of the top rail. Repeat this process with the outer door except install it from outside of the shower, and hang it on the outer track.

  5. 5

    Caulk both sides of the side rails with the silicone caulking where the rails meet the shower wall. Caulk across the bottom edge of the bottom rail between the rail and the base of the shower. Allow the caulking to dry for 24 hours before using the shower.

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