How to repair a hinged shower door

Written by cameron easey
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How to repair a hinged shower door
Shower doors can swing open on hinges. (french guest house bathroom image by Nicky Jacobs from

Shower doors come in many types, including a hinged door that swings open. A hinged shower door is typically installed with a stand up or corner shower. A hinged shower door that is not closing properly can be repaired. First determine what type of problem you are having with the door. Problems with a hinged shower door include sticking and starting to sag.

Skill level:

Things you need

  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Tub or shower cleaner
  • Locking pliers
  • Pliers
  • Hammer

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    Sticking Door

  1. 1

    Open the door and look for any loose screws that are sticking out of the frame or the bottom of the door.

  2. 2

    Tighten all of the loose screws with the screwdriver or power drill.

  3. 3

    Examine the bottom corners of the door and frame to see if there is any debris or build-up that can cause the door to stick. Clean out any debris or build-up with a tub or shower cleaner.

  4. 4

    Open and close the door to see if it moves freely without sticking.

    Sagging Door

  1. 1

    Loosen the screws that are used to secure the hinge to the frame with the screwdriver. The hinge and frame are a "U" shape that connect together.

  2. 2

    Turn the screws counterclockwise or to the left. If the screw heads are stripped or do not want to turn, use a pair of vice grips or pliers to turn the screw.

  3. 3

    Insert the end of the flat-head screwdriver into the top where the hinge and frame meet. Tap on the end of the screwdriver with the hammer and then pry up to separate them.

  4. 4

    Slide the door up and down to find a position where the door no longer sags. Tighten the screws to secure the hinges to the frame.

Tips and warnings

  • Use a lubricating spray to loosen the hinges in order to separate them.

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