Step 9: Attach drip rail

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Pull the thin vinyl sweep out of the drip rail and set it aside.

Cut the drip rail with a hacksaw to match the width of the door. Round off the ends of the cut with a file.

Slide the vinyl sweep back into the groove in the rail. Crimp the ends of the groove closed with pliers to hold the sweep permanently in place.

Trim off its overhanging end with a utility knife.

With the vinyl sweep pointing down, hold the drip rail against the inside bottom edge of the door. Drill 7/32-inch pilot holes into the doorframe through the elongated mounting holes and low enough to avoid hitting the glass, which sits ¼ inch into the trim.

Attach it with the ½-inch screws. Before tightening the screws, tilt the rail down slightly toward the hinge side so that water will drain away from the strike.
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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