How to Install a Glass Shower Panel

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A rudimentary fix for a shower is to install a new glass shower panel. A glass shower panel can be the door of the shower or an extra panel. If a panel crack, it can be dangerous. Replacing or exchanging a glass shower panel isn't difficult. It is something you can do on your own. Follow these steps to install a glass shower panel.

Step 1 - Tightening the Screws

The glass shower panel is held in place by metal grips covered with rubber. Tighten the grips carefully. Even though the glass is very strong, it can break if too much pressure is used to hold the panel in place. When you tighten the screws, always do so slowly and methodically. Tighten on the first side a short turn and repeat on the second side. Continue in this fashion until the grip is tight and the glass shower panel does not move.

Step 2 - Only Use Tempered Glass

You cannot use ordinary glass as a shower panel. Regular glass is very thin and flexible. If you were to slip in the shower and reach out, the glass would easily shatter. Tempered glass is strengthened with heat and pressure. It is much thicker and stronger than an ordinary pane of glass. It shatters in round, non-sharp pieces

Step 3 - Accurate Measurements

A shower glass panel is not a standard piece of glass. The sizes can vary. If you use a piece of tempered glass that is too large, then it would hit against the other shower glass panels. If the piece is too small, it will create too much of a gap between the stall and the floor, allowing water to escape. Always use a tape measure to get the measurements of the shower glass panel you are replacing before purchasing a new one. Doing so will ensure that the glass panel is correct and problem free.

Step 4 - Handling the Glass Shower Panel

Mishandling the glass panel can cause it to shatter or chip, as well as hurt you because they are not light. Always carry the panel upright and have someone help you. Keep the glass panel wrapped in padding while you are moving it to prevent it from breaking or scratching.

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