• In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to fix a sticky shower door.


    1 Use screwdriver to loosen the screws in each corner of the shower doorframe.
    2 Loosen the screws holding the handle to the shower door.
    3 Open the shower door and stand a 2x4 block underneath its outer, bottom corner.
    4 Slide shims into the space between the 2x4 block and door.
    5 Hold a wood block against bottom corner of door and tap upward with hammer.
    6 Drive shims in tight to prevent door from sagging back down.
    7 Repeat: tap up on door corner, drive in the shims.
    8 Tighten all the doorframe screws and handle screws; close the door.
    9 If the door still sticks, loosen the screws and repeat the process.
    • Difficulty: Easy to moderate
      depending on how much adjusting is needed to correct the swing of the door
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      Tools List

      • Phillips screwdriver
        used to loosen screws on shower doorframe
      • hammer

      Shopping List

      1. 2x4 blocks, used to support door

      2. Wood shims, used to raise door

      3. Canvas drop cloth, for protecting floor