How to Remove Sliding Shower Doors

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How to Remove Sliding Shower Doors
A sliding shower door can be removed quickly with only a few tools. (aqua drops image by Robert Kelly from

Sliding shower doors provide a solid barrier between your shower and the bathroom beyond. One problem with sliding shower doors is breakage. Accidents happen and small children break things. If a sliding shower door is broken, the glass or plastic panel could cause severe cuts. Removing the doors and installing a shower curtain will prevent this hazard. Removing your sliding shower doors takes just a little time, a couple of tools and a bit of know how.

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Things you need

  • 5-in-1 putty knife
  • Screwdriver
  • Caulk gun with white caulk
  • Work gloves

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  1. 1

    Slide the outer shower door to the middle of the track. Grasp the outer door firmly by each side. Lift the outer door to free the bottom from its track. Lower the door so that the bottom is outside the tub enclosure to free the top of the door. Dispose of the outer door or store it for future use.

  2. 2

    Slide the inner door toward the centre of the track. Lift the inner door to free it from the bottom track. Push the bottom of the inner door and lower it into the tub to free the top from its track. Dispose of the inner door or store it for future projects.

  3. 3

    Remove the retaining screws from the top rail of the track with your screwdriver. Hold the centre of the top track with one hand. Hit the bottom of one end of the track with the palm of your free hand to free it from the side track. Free the opposite end of the top track. Dispose of, or store, the top track and screws.

  4. 4

    Remove the retaining screws from the bottom and both side rails of the track. Slide the point of your 5-in-1 putty knife into the caulked seams and pull the tool to cut the caulk and free the tracks. Pull the tracks free and dispose of, or store them with the retaining screws.

  5. 5

    Gently scrape the caulk from the walls and the surface of the tub. Fill the screw holes with caulk from your caulk gun. Wipe the surface of the caulk spots with a wet rag to smooth each spot. Let the caulk cure for 12 hours before using your shower.

Tips and warnings

  • Always wear work gloves when using hand tools.

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