How to Replace a Shower Door Latch

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Shower door latches attach magnetically to secure the shower door. Shower door latch parts consist of two to three sections. The handle portion slips over the door edge and is secured with silicone caulking. The latch portion screws to the shower door frame in either one or two sections. The latch has the magnet that attaches to the metal of the shower door handle. Shower door latch sections are sold together as a kit at discount, plumbing and home improvement stores.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Glass cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • Vinyl door guard
  • Hammer
  • Shower door handle
  • Silicone caulking
  • Screwdriver
  • Screws

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  1. 1

    Clean the portion of the shower door edge to which the shower door handle will attach with glass cleaner sprayed onto the glass and wiped dry with paper towels. Your shower frame will have pre-drilled holes for the latch. These holes determine your handle placement.

  2. 2

    Slide the vinyl door guard over the edge of the glass shower door. It will fit snugly. The vinyl door guard is usually a clear piece of vinyl that cushions the glass against the metal handle. Some shower door handle sets will not have a vinyl door guard; if this is the case, disregard this step.

  3. 3

    Insert the shower door handle over the vinyl door guard. According to Delta Glass, use a hammer to gently tap the handle over the vinyl guard. Apply a thin line of silicone caulking along the edges of the shower door handle on the exterior and interior door. Wipe excess silicone caulking away with a paper towel.

  4. 4

    Align the holes in the shower door latch with the pre-drilled holes in the interior of the shower door frame. Some shower door latches will also come with a small metal plate with holes. This is used primarily for aesthetic value and fits over the screws on the opposite side of the door latch and frame. If your latch has a plate, align the holes with the holes on the exterior of the shower door frame and hold in place.

  5. 5

    Screw the screws through the holes in the door latch, through the holes in the shower door frame, and if you have a metal plate, through the holes in the plate, using a screwdriver. According to Alumax Shower Door installation instructions, the magnets or magnetic strip must align with the metal shower door handle. Occasionally, you will find a shower door latch kit with small nuts that tighten over the screws. If your kit has nuts, screw them over the screws on the exterior of the shower door frame.

  6. 6

    Run a thin line of silicone caulking around the door latch edges, being careful to avoid getting silicone in or near the magnetic closure.

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