How to Install a Bypass Shower Door
Last time we left off, Steve Wartman and his crew were nearing the completion of the master bathroom remodel. Rick and his team had finished the tile installation which leaves a short list of tasks to complete (vanity, toilet, etc.). One of those tasks was installing bypass shower doors, and that’s the topic for today’s article.
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- Day 1: Bathroom Demolition
- Day 2: Plumbing, Electric Rough-in, Underlayment
- Day 3: Installing a Bathroom Vent Fan
- Day 4: Tiling a Bathroom Shower, Floor
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The guys are installing a Kohler bypass shower door kit, and in addition to the provided materials, they picked up some silicone sealant (see below).
It’s important to use 100% silicone sealant for this project because silicone is more flexible, waterproof and longer lasting than other sealants. Even though it’s tougher to work with than latex or siliconized latex products, it’s a better choice for this project.
- Miter saw
- Tile drill bit
Step 1: Position the Bottom Track
Steve’s crew began the installation with the bottom track (pictured), and they measured the opening along the shower pan.
The guys subtracted 1/4″ from the length because this piece does not need to be a perfect fit, and they cut the track with a miter saw. Afterwards, they ran a file over the cut edges to remove any burrs.
Centering the track on the shower pan curb, they taped it in place.
Step 2: Drill Holes for Wall Jambs
Next, Steve’s crew moved the wall jamb pieces into place and used a level to plumb them both.
With the jambs taped in place, the guys marked screw hole locations. Next, they drilled through the tile with a 5/16″ tile bit.
Step 3: Insert Anchors
These plastic anchors fold over themselves and Steve’s crew pushed one into each hole.
Some of the anchors needed a little encouraging with a hammer, and the guys very mindful not to damage the tile.
Step 4: Secure Bottom Track
Now that the holes are ready, the guys marked the location of the bottom track (with more tape) and flipped it over. The bottom of the outside edge has a small, half-circle groove, and the guys applied a bead of sealant in that groove. Next, they pressed the track back into place.
Step 5: Secure Wall Jambs
The wall jambs each have three screw holes, and both the top and bottom screws get these rubber door bumpers.
Lining up the jamb with the holes, Steve’s crew secured the jambs to the walls, and each screw was concealed behind a screw cap.
Step 6: Cut and Install Top Track
The next step was to cut and move the top track in place, and both ends of the top track are visible so the guys worked carefully to get a snug fit. This top piece rests on the wall jambs and there aren’t any screws. This is OK because the shower doors hang from the top track, and the weight alone is enough to keep it from moving.
Step 7: Assemble Shower Doors
For each door, the guys attached two hanger brackets. They started by adding the bushing and placed the hanger overtop.
The hanger is held in place with a bolt, and the guys were careful not to over-tighten it.
Next, they placed a roller in the middle hole of each bracket. Check out the diagram to see how the rollers were oriented for each door.
The door handles have plastic spacers on either side of the glass, and again the guys were careful not to over-tighten the screws.
Step 8: Hang Shower Doors
To hang the doors, Steve’s crew angled the hangers into the top track and moved the roller into a slot.
Pro-Tip: If the door doesn’t sit flush with the rubber bumpers, move the roller closest to the wall to an adjacent hole thereby raising or lowering the door for a better fit.
The outer door overlaps the bottom track as shown in this picture.
Step 9: Install Inner Door Guide
The inner door has an additional guide to prevent wobbling, and it screws in place with two screws.
Step 10: Seal Inside and Out
The last step was to seal the inside and outside the doors along the walls, across the shower pan and inside the corners of the track.
That’s all for today. Look for an update revealing the completed bathroom sometime this week.
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