How to Install Frameless Shower Doors

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How to Install Frameless Shower Doors. Frameless shower doors are made of thick, sleek glass that can make a bathroom look larger and more elegant. They are easy to clean and watertight when installed properly. Getting an accurate measurement and handling the glass doors carefully are important steps to a proper installation.

Things You'll Need

  • Measuring tape
  • Level
  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Glass door
  • Shims
  • Drill
  • Masonry bit
  • Anchors
  • Phillips head bit
  • Vinyl sweep
  • Scissors
  • Measure the opening after tiling is completed. Take measurements at the base, at a height up to 5 feet, and at the halfway mark. Write down accurate measurements to within 1/16 of an inch.

  • Check for plumb with a long level. If the enclosure is not plumb, determine where the panel will need to be wider or narrower.

  • Draw top view and front view sketches of the shower. Fill in the measurements. Take the drawings and measurements with you when you order the door.

  • Position the hinge in the center of the door's hinge cut-out. Carefully finger-tighten the rear screws. Attach the handles.

  • Put the door into position. Shim the door so that there is 3/8-inch clearance on the bottom for the sweep. Mark positions for holes.

  • Use a 1/4-inch masonry bit to drill holes. Use high quality wall anchors or drill into a stud. Insert the screws through the hinge into the wall with a drill. Start with the outside top and outside bottom holes.

  • Attach the vinyl sweep to the bottom of the glass door. Trim at a 45-degree angle so that there is a 1/2-inch extension on each side of the door.

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