A Step-By-Step Guide on Installing a Bathtub or Shower Door

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Usually, installation of bathtub or shower door is best left to professionals. But if you have basic understanding on the process of installing this door, you can do it on your own. In fact, installing a bathtub or shower door won’t take days. Below is a systematic guide on how to install this type of bathroom door:

Step 1: Installing the Tracks

If you bought a top and bottom tracks, always read the manufacturer’s installation guide first before proceeding with the project. Start by measuring the wall to wall distance along the top edge of the shower base or tub for the top rack. It should be at least six feet above it. Then, subtract the required amount for each track from the total opening width.

Cut the tracks to the right length. Smooth out any rough edges with a file. To ensure an even, square cut, you can use a hacksaw or a miter box. Put a block of wood in the track and clamp it to secure it in place. Next, install the bottom track on the top edge of the tub base or shower. Always place the bottom track on the flattest part of the tub or shower ledge. To know the side of the tracks that face outwards, read the manufacturer’s guide. Finally, secure the bottom track to the ledge with a masking tape.

Step 2: Installing the Wall Jambs

The wall jambs are hardware that fasten to the sidewalls. They will support the top track. Use a screwdriver to screw the jambs directly to the studs. Next, place the jambs against the wall, push it down over the end of the bottom track until it engages with the track. With a carpenter’s level next to the jambs, adjust accordingly.

Now, mark the mounting holes then remove the jambs. Drill the holes and install the wall anchors according to the instructions.

Step 3: Caulking the Tracks

To caulk the bottom track, start by lifting it then applying a bead of silicone caulk into the underside groove. If you marked the area to caulk, now’s the best time to erase the marks and re-position the bottom track in place.

Step 4: Installing the Wall Jambs

Start by placing one jamb into or over the track then another. Make sure the screw holes are aligned in the jambs. Using a screwdriver, secure the jambs in place. The sliding door kit should come with the right hardware such as rubber bumpers. If you have such hardware, install them according to the manufacturer’s instructions.

Step 5: Installing the Sliding Doors

Start by hanging the sliding doors from the top track over the wall jambs. Prep the doors by installing the roller then if needed, the handle or towel hardware. Secure the rollers on the top frame flange of both door panels with lock washers and machine screws.

To install the door panels, check the manufacturer’s guide. Usually, you have to install the inside panel first before lifting it up inside the top track. Then, bring it back to a vertical position as you hang the rollers on the inside rail of the top track. From there, you can lower the panel into the bottom track.

To install the outside panel, lift it up inside the top track and place it on the top track by hanging the rollers on the outside rail. Now, test the panels and you’re done!


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