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How to repair a hinged shower door

Updated February 21, 2017

Shower doors come in many types, including a hinged door that swings open. A hinged shower door is typically installed with a stand up or corner shower. A hinged shower door that is not closing properly can be repaired. First determine what type of problem you are having with the door. Problems with a hinged shower door include sticking and starting to sag.

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  1. Open the door and look for any loose screws that are sticking out of the frame or the bottom of the door.

  2. Tighten all of the loose screws with the screwdriver or power drill.

  3. Examine the bottom corners of the door and frame to see if there is any debris or build-up that can cause the door to stick. Clean out any debris or build-up with a tub or shower cleaner.

  4. Open and close the door to see if it moves freely without sticking.

  5. Loosen the screws that are used to secure the hinge to the frame with the screwdriver. The hinge and frame are a "U" shape that connect together.

  6. Turn the screws counterclockwise or to the left. If the screw heads are stripped or do not want to turn, use a pair of vice grips or pliers to turn the screw.

  7. Insert the end of the flat-head screwdriver into the top where the hinge and frame meet. Tap on the end of the screwdriver with the hammer and then pry up to separate them.

  8. Slide the door up and down to find a position where the door no longer sags. Tighten the screws to secure the hinges to the frame.

  9. Tip

    Use a lubricating spray to loosen the hinges in order to separate them.

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Things You'll Need

  • Screwdriver
  • Power drill
  • Tub or shower cleaner
  • Locking pliers
  • Pliers
  • Hammer

About the Author

Cameron Easey has over 15 years customer service experience, with eight of those years in the insurance industry. He has earned various designations from organizations like the Insurance Institute of America and LOMA. Easey earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in political science and history from Western Michigan University.

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