Installing a glass shower door from Home Depot will add privacy and value to your bathroom. A glass shower door increases the visual appeal of a small bathroom; making it look and feel more spacious. Installing a replacement shower door that coordinates with the color and finish of the other bath fixtures and hardware also adds visual appeal to even the largest bath.
Things You'll Need
- Screw extractor kit
- Putty knife
- Measuring tape
- Silicone sealant
Remove all parts and accessories from the shower door packing. Account for all the necessary shower door installation pieces. If you are missing any parts, immediately contact the missing parts service phone number that accompanied your installation instruction and warranty manual.
Remove the old shower door if you have one. Unscrew the mounting screws at the top, bottom and middle sections of the door railing with a screwdriver. If the screws are rusted, and you cannot use a regular screwdriver, a screw extractor kit will help. Remove the glass shower door carefully and recycle it if possible. Lift the top rail off the side mounting post if your door has one. Unscrew the three mounting screws from each side of the door side rails. You may need to use a metal putty knife to scrape lose any silicone or bath caulking holding the side rails in place. Remove caulking holding the base track in position, then remove the base track. Clean the shower walls with soap and water to remove remaining debris.
Install your new Home Depot glass shower door. Measure and cut the bottom track with a hacksaw; file the edges and contour to the shower. Mount the bottom track with silicone sealant. Install the side rails with the screws provided. You may need to drill holes for the screws or anchors.
Measure, cut and install the top track. The top track usually just sits on top of the two side rails without fasteners or sealant. Mount the glass shower door using the hardware in the door kit.
Level the door and test the seal by running water through the shower while the head is aimed at the door. The true test of any shower door is taking a shower. Only then will you know if all the seams are water tight.
Tips & Warnings
- For safety, you may want to have a second person available to help. Some glass panel shower doors are heavy and awkward to maneuver yourself.
- Do not cut the top and bottom railing until you have measured for each piece individually. The top of the shower wall may not be the same width as the lower section.
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