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16 Important Steps for Replacing a Shower Door

Do you want to install shower door and change the look of the bathroom? If yes, then you need to contact Surrey Glaziers who can help in this regard and follow the steps discussed below for replacing a shower door easily.


Step 1

Remove the door panels

Before you may decide to install the side jams and bottom of shower door and new tub, it is suggested to away with old shower door. Try to work slowly and avoid any kind of accidental damage to the surrounding areas. If you work quickly, this will allow more work for everyone who has been involved in the project.


Step 2

Try to loosen side jambs

You have to lay down a cloth in the tub and use a claw hammer and screwdriver to loose the screws that have fastened side jamb to the wall. When the screws are removed, take utility knife to cut on the outside of the jamb where caulk connects the jamb to the wall and make same cut inside the jamb by facing the shower.


Step 3

Remove the bottom track

In case of bottom track, you will have to make same cuts like Step 2 to loosen jamb from the caulk. For side jambs, try to make one cut for the inside and another for the outside of the track. Take a hammer and putty knife in order to slice away caulk. Finally, remove bottom track and then put it to the side.


Step 4

Scrape away excess caulk

You have to wear rubber gloves and scrape away caulk left on the tub's ledge and the side walls. The area should be properly cleaned before moving ahead with the installation of shower door. Get in touch with experts who offer emergency glazing services and see your work is done properly.


Step 5

Secure bottom track

Use the outer lip along with bottom track that faces away from the inside of the shower and then law it on the tub’s edge. If you need to adjust with side jambs, try to leave at least 3/4" gap between the edge of shower wall and bottom track. Make sure you secure bottom track temporarily by using painter's tape before marking track's position lightly with a pencil.


Step 6

Install side tracks

You have to bring side tracks over the top and then push down to put in proper place. The side tracks should be level that goes up and down otherwise, the doors will not function properly.


Step 7

Track should be leveled properly

Having jamb flat against the wall, you need to confirm that the track is level and secure it in place temporarily by using painter's tape and do the same for the opposite side wall.


Step 8

Fasten side jambs

When side jambs are in position, add small masonry bit for drilling pilot holes that will fasten jambs to the side walls. After the holes are drilled, tear off the tape and then remove two side jambs and the bottom track.


Step 9

Widen holes for the panels –

Once the framework is removed, widen closest to storage column side by using three screws. In case of opposite pilot holes and use masonry bit to insert plastic screw anchors. Attach jamb side jamb, fasten the top and bottom holes while for the middle hole, put a screw and push it into the hole to tighten properly.


Step 10

Install bottom track –

The side tracks remain up and you need to snap bottom track in proper place so they are lined up along the tub’s edge. Thus, the extension is available in handy which may extend it to outside track when you are in position to mount shelving tower.


Step 11

Install storage column –

When bottom track is on the threshold, try to position storage column over the extension piece and then slide it in place at the jamb. Secure storage column to the jamb through self-drilling screws.


Step 12

Faster jamb to the column

You need to center jamb on the other side of storage column and then fasten it with screws. The center jamb consists of a middle slot where bumper insert has to be installed. The shelving tower is locked into place along with bottom track and side tracks. You need to contact emergency glazing experts who can help to get it done quickly.


Step 13

Install top track

You need to cut and install top track by calculating the distance from the walls. The measurement should be precise as it is the length for cutting the jamb. After this, mark top track at cutting positions and take a miter for precise cut. You may need to widen the cuts by positioning top tack over wall jambs and then push down.


Step 14

Install shelving units –

After you finish installing shelving units, slide bumpers over middle screw on the jamb that are opposite the centre jamb and shower column. Then cover screw heads on the center and side jambs by using screw covers.


Step 15

Caulk frames

You have to caulk the frame before hanging the doors as caulk smears on the glass may be difficult to remove. There are three points on the frame to caulk: firstly, on the outside edge of bottom track, secondly, on both inside the corners and thirdly, repeat the process on the inside corner of side tracks. Start caulking the frame with a bead of silicone caulk under the outer edge of bottom track and on the outside of the tub. Then, put a bead where the side jambs and center meet the bottom track and use a finger to smooth out rough edges. After this, put a bead where the side jambs and center meet the bottom track and use fingers to smoothen rough edges. Finally, place a bead where the walls and side jambs come together inside the shower.


Step 16

Hang the doors – Hanging doors is a two-step procedure. You need to stand on the outside of the tub and then lift inside panel with the rollers. This is done by facing shower and hanging on the inner rail of the top track. You will have to do the same for the outside panel where rollers face away from the shower and the door hang on the outer rail of top track. Push shower doors to the side and align the slots on the panel guide having holes on the bottom track. Try to insert two pan head screws within the slots and then tighten with a screwdriver.


Thus, the final step is to get in touch with us at Surrey Glaziers London so that the glaziers can shift doors back and forth to find out if the panel guide is working properly.



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