How to Install Glass Shower Doors & Panels

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How to Install Glass Shower Doors & Panels
Remodel your bathroom by installing glass shower doors. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

Replacing a shower curtain with glass shower doors is a substantial renovation that instantly updates and modernises your bathroom. Glass shower doors also eliminate leaks on the bathroom floor that commonly occur with a shower curtain. Before installing glass shower doors and panels remember the bathroom will be off limits for about 24 hours. Installing a glass shower door kit can be done in a weekend project by someone with basic carpentry skills.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

Things you need

  • Two-panel bypass glass shower door kit for a shower/tub enclosure kit
  • Tape measure
  • Hacksaw
  • Mitre box
  • Masking tape
  • Level
  • Marker
  • Nail set
  • Hammer
  • Drill
  • Drill bit
  • Silicone caulking
  • Caulking gun
  • Damp rag

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  1. 1

    Measure the wall-to-wall opening with a tape measure, and subtract 1/8 inch. Cut the bottom track to this measurement with a hacksaw and mitre box.

  2. 2

    Position the track on the centre of the bathtub rim. The taller side of the track should face the exterior. Mark its position with a pencil and temporarily secure it with masking tape.

  3. 3

    Slip the door jambs over each end of the track. Temporarily secure them to the wall with masking tape.

  4. 4

    Plumb each door jamb using a level, and then temporarily secure them with masking tape.

  5. 5

    Mark the predrilled hole locations with a marker, and remove the track and jambs. Gently tap a nail set on the marks to prevent a drill from walking. Tap the end of the nail set with a hammer to create these marks.

  6. 6

    Predrill the marked holes with a drill.

  7. 7

    Remove the debris from the holes, and gently tap in plastic anchors with a hammer.

  8. 8

    Place silicone caulking along the underside edges of the bottom track. Gently press the track in place, lining it up with the mark you made. Wipe away any excess caulking that oozes out with a damp rag. Temporarily tape the track in place with masking tape to prevent it from shifting as you continue.

  9. 9

    Line up the holes and slip the door jamb in place. Screw the jambs to the walls with spacers and bumpers provided. Do not over tighten the spacers and bumpers.

  10. 10

    Measure the wall-to-wall opening with a tape measure at the top of the door jambs and subtract 1/16 inch. Cut the header for the glass shower door frame using this measurement and a hacksaw. File the ends if necessary.

  11. 11

    Pivot the header over the jambs into position and lock it in place to install it.

  12. 12

    Install the rollers, handles and towel bar to the doors according to the manufacturer's directions. Place the glass doors on a padded surface to install these.

  13. 13

    Lift the interior glass door into position while standing inside the shower, and pivot the rollers over the groove in the header. Adjust the roller within the slot. Repeat for the exterior shower door.

  14. 14

    Slide the shower doors against their door jambs. If the doors do not properly align against the jamb, remove them and adjust the position of the rollers.

  15. 15

    Slide both doors to one side and secure the centre panel guide in place by locking it onto the track according to the manufacturer's directions.

  16. 16

    Align additional rubber bumpers with door panels and the jamb (if your kit contains these), and screw them in place with your drill.

  17. 17

    Place a neat bead of silicone caulking along all the places the tracks and jambs meet the bathtub and walls. Smooth the silicone caulking with your fingertip, and wipe away any excess. Allow the silicone caulking to dry for 24 hours before using the shower.

Tips and warnings

  • You may want to have a helper when putting in the glass shower doors.

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