How do I Retrofit a Glass Pivot Shower Door With Magnets to Keep it Closed?

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How do I Retrofit a Glass Pivot Shower Door With Magnets to Keep it Closed?
Shower doors prevent water from escaping the enclosure and splashing on the floor. (Shower image by Semfamily from

Bathroom showers with glass pivot doors close and catch to keep the door closed while the shower is in use. The door prevents water from splashing outside the shower and onto the floor. Water leaking onto the floor for an extended period can lead to mould and mildew. Water sitting on floors can seep through the edges of flooring and ruin the wood supports underneath leading to expensive repairs. Installing a magnetic shower door handle and a magnet in the doorjamb allows the door to stay closed.

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Things you need

  • Towel
  • Isopropyl alcohol
  • Paper towel
  • Carpenter's pencil
  • Gloves
  • Measuring tape
  • Magnetic shower handle with screws
  • Instant glue

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  1. 1

    Wipe any water off the shower door edge and the doorjamb at the closing side of the shower door.

  2. 2

    Pour isopropyl alcohol on a paper towel. Wipe the area for the magnets on the shower door edge and the doorjamb. Most shower door handles with magnets install in the centre of the door for an easy reach by children and adults.

  3. 3

    Mark the area for installation with a carpenter's pencil on the outside of the doorjamb.

  4. 4

    Put gloves on to protect hands from any excess glue.

  5. 5

    Squirt the instant glue on the doorjamb magnet and stick it to the inside of the doorjamb. Hold the magnet in place by pressing it on the jamb for about one minute.

  6. 6

    Measure the shower handle height and mark it on the shower door aligning the centre at the installed magnet height. For example, if the shower door handle is 4-inches tall, the centre is at the 2-inch mark. Place a mark at the centre of the magnet on the door and additional marks 2 inches above and below the centre mark.

  7. 7

    Open the shower door. Hold the door handle in one hand and squirt superglue on the shower door between the marks with the other hand.

  8. 8

    Press the shower door handle onto the door in the superglue area. Hold it in place for about one minute for the glue to dry.

  9. 9

    Place the two screws in the shower handle kit into the screw holes and turn them clockwise to fasten the handle.

  10. 10

    Close the shower door to make certain the magnets line up and the door stays in a closed position.

Tips and warnings

  • Isopropyl alcohol creates a clean surface for the glue and magnets to adhere.
  • Shower door handles and magnets are available at home improvement stores.

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