It is finally time to give your outdated shower an upgrade. You already know what shower door you are going to use to replace it. That was the easy part. But now you need to install it. You are on a budget and would rather install it all by yourself. There is nothing wrong with this and SOUFLO is here to help. When it comes to shower door replacement, we know exactly how to do it. While we don’t offer shower enclosure installs, we can offer some advice on the subject. We offer the perfect shower doors for sale, and also have trusted referrals for installers who know a thing or two on how to set them up that can help when you take on this task. It’s no wonder we are one of the best in the United States.
Material Needed For Install
- Claw hammer
- Center punch
- Miter Saw
- Caulk gun
- Masking tape
- Silicone sealant
Steps For Shower Door Replacement
- Remove the Panels
- Before you can install the bottom and side jambs of the new tub and shower door, you have to remove the old shower door altogether.
- Loosen the Jambs
- Lay a drop cloth in the tub and, using a screwdriver and a claw hammer, begin to pry loose the screws that fasten the side jamb to the wall (Image 1). With the screws removed, use a utility knife to cut on the outside of the jamb where the caulk adjoins the jamb to the wall; make the same cut for the inside of the jamb facing the shower.
- Remove the Bottom Track
- For the bottom track, make the same cuts in Step 2 to loosen the jamb from the caulk. For the side jambs, make one cut for the outside of the track and one cut for the inside. Use a putty knife and hammer to slice away the caulk. Remove the bottom track and place it to the side.
- Scrape Away the Excess Caulk
- Wearing rubber gloves, scrape away any caulk residue left on the side walls and the tub’s ledge. Make sure the area is thoroughly cleaned before proceeding with the installation of the shower door.
- Secure the Bottom Track
- Take the bottom track and, with the outer lip facing away from the inside of the shower, lay it on the edge of the tub. To accommodate the side jambs, leave a 3/4″ gap between the bottom track and the edge of each shower wall. Temporarily secure the bottom track with painter’s tape before lightly marking the track’s position with a pencil.
- Install the Side Tracks
- Bring the side tracks over the top and push down to put in place. Make sure the side tracks are level, going up and down, or the doors won’t work properly; place a level against the track and center the bubble for a correct fit.
- Make Sure the Track is Level
- With the jamb flat against the wall, confirm that the track is level and temporarily secure it in place with painter’s tape; do the same for the opposite side wall.
- Fasten the Jambs
- When the side jambs are in position, use an extra small masonry bit (about 1/8″ will do) to drill pilot holes for the screws that will fasten the jambs to the side walls. After drilling the holes, tear off the tape and remove the two side jambs and the bottom track.
- Widen the Holes for the Panels
- With the framework removed, widen the pilot holes to 3/16″. Using a 3/16″ masonry bit, widen all the pilot holes and insert the plastic screw anchors. Attach the jamb closest to the storage column side with three screws. For the opposite side jamb, fasten just the top and bottom holes. For the middle hole, put a screw through a bumper insert, push it into the hole and tighten.
- Install the Bottom Track
- The side tracks are up, so snap the bottom track into place, making sure it’s lined up along the edge of the tub, on the mark made earlier. This is where the extension piece comes in handy; extend it to the outside track to know when you are in a position to mount the shelving tower. Remember, you want to make sure this gap is below the shelving tower, so it’s hidden. The tape is helpful here: it lets you double-check that you’re on the right side.
- Install the Storage Column
- When the bottom track is on the tub’s threshold, position the storage column over the extension piece and slide it into place in the chosen wall jamb. Secure the storage column to the jamb with self-drilling screws.
- Fasten the Jamb to the Column
- Place the center jamb on the other side of the storage column and fasten it to the column with the included screws. Don’t forget: the center jamb also has a middle slot where a bumper insert will need to be installed. The shelving tower is locked into place as well as the side tracks and the bottom track.
- Install the Top Track
- To cut and install the top track, first measure the distance from wall to wall. This measurement must be precise since it is the length to cut the jamb. Next, mark the top track at the cutting positions. For a more precise cut, use a miter. Cut the track and, if necessary, file the edges. Keep in mind that you may want to widen them, then position the top track over the wall jambs and push down.
- Install the Shelving Units
- Finish installing the shelving units according to personal preference. Slide the bumpers over the middle screw on the jamb opposite the shower column and the center jamb; cover all exposed screw heads on the center and side jambs with the screw covers.
- Caulk the Frames
- Caulking the frame before hanging the doors is recommended since caulk smears on glass can sometimes be difficult to remove.
- Hang the Doors
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