How to Install a Pivot Shower Door

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How to Install a Pivot Shower Door
A pivot shower door works well in small showers. (Shower image by Semfamily from

Most shower doors are installed on a track. The track allows the shower door to slide back and forth in place. This type of shower door does not always work. Smaller shower spaces can benefit from a pivot shower door. A pivot shower door simply pivots in place, opening and closing like a typical door. Installing a pivot shower door is not hard, but you will need a friend to help you lift the door into place.

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Things you need

  • Measuring tape
  • Threshold track
  • Hacksaw
  • Pivot brackets
  • Silicone caulk
  • Screws
  • Screwdriver
  • Pivot wall channels
  • Carpenter's level
  • Masking tape
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Drill
  • Wall anchors
  • Rubber mallet
  • Magnetic door jamb
  • Utility knife
  • Seal strip
  • End caps for channels
  • Door handle

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  1. 1

    Measure the threshold of the shower with your measuring tape. Mark this measurement on the threshold track. Cut the threshold track to size with a hacksaw.

  2. 2

    Install the pivot bracket on the bottom edge of the threshold. Apply silicone caulk to the back of the pivot. Set the bracket onto the bottom ledge of the shower and screw it into place using your screwdriver.

  3. 3

    Spread a bead of silicone caulk along the bottom of the threshold track. Set the track into place with the high side of the track facing the outside of the shower. Apply a bead of caulk along the edges of the threshold and smooth it with your finger. Let the track dry overnight.

  4. 4

    Set the pivot wall channels on the bottom track of the shower. Set a level next to each channel and adjust it until it is straight up and down, or plumb. The small bubble in the level will be centred in the window when the channel is plumb. Mark the position of the channels on the wall. While you are marking the position be sure to mark the screw hole locations as well.

  5. 5

    Place masking tape over the marked screw holes. You should still be able to see the pencil marks. Drill the holes in the wall with a masonry drill bit. If the shower surround is ceramic tile you will need to gently tap wall anchors into the holes with a rubber mallet.

  6. 6

    Install the pivot bracket at the top of the wall jamb. Screw the bracket to the wall jamb with screws.

  7. 7

    Lift the shower door onto the pivot brackets with the help of a friend.

  8. 8

    Screw the magnetic door jamb into the opposite wall with screwdrivers. Cut the seal strip to length with a utility knife. Place end caps on the top of the wall channels. Attach door handles to the door.

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