Overview

Illustration for installing a shower door
Illustration by: Gregory Nemec
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PLANNING AHEAD

•Measure the width of the shower opening in at least three places: threshold, up to 5 feet, and halfway in between.

•Any wall that's more than ½ inch out of vertical over 5 feet will need a matching filler strip so that the door can be made plumb.

•From the point on the threshold where the door will pivot, measure the distance to bath fixtures or any other potential obstacles that an outswing door might hit.

•Draw a sketch of the shower in plain view (looking down from above) and in elevation (side view). Fill in all the measurements and take it with you to the showroom.

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    Tools List

    • four-foot level
      4—foot level,
      for checking the jambs, door, and glass panel for plumb
    • 30-foot tape measure
      25—foot tape measure
    • caulk gun
      Caulking gun with clear, mildew—resistant silicone sealant,
      for sealing joints between frame and tile
    • automatic punch
      Automatic punch,
      for starting holes in tile
    • single cut file
      10—inch single—cut file,
      for removing burrs from aluminum pieces after cutting
    • ratcheting screwdriver
      Ratcheting screwdriver with No. 2 Phillips and straight bits
    • mallet
      Plastic mallet (for tapping in plastic anchors
    • 3/16 masonry bit
      Drill bits,
      3/16-inch masonry bit for boring holes in tile and 7/32- and 3/16-inch twist bits for pilot holes in aluminum
    • drill
      Drill
    • hack saw
      Hacksaw with 32-tpi blade,
      for trimming the aluminum base track and drip rail
    • utility knife
      Utility knife,
      for trimming vinyl sweep
    • shop vacuum
      Wet/dry vacuum,
      for picking up dust and metal chips

    Shopping List

    1. SHOWER DOOR AND FRAME

    2. CANVAS DROP CLOTH

    for protecting the floor



    3. GLASS CLEANER AND PAPER TOWELS

    for cleaning shower door and panel after installation.



    4. ISOPROPYL RUBBING ALCOHOL

    for cleaning walls and threshold before caulking