How to Repair Glass Shower Doors

What You'll Need
Screw Driver

In this article, we're going to cover how to repair glass shower doors. Glass shower doors allow for a sort of elegance and aesthetic appearance that other doors simply do not allow. Knowing how to repair these doors yourself will take work, but it's going to save you a great deal of money in the long run, as professionals in this line of work charge a great deal. Most problems with glass shower doors can be easily fixed. So without further adieu, here are the tools that you're going to need for this project.

Step 1 - Preparation

You're going to want to make sure to plug the tub drain with a towel, or something else to cover it, in order to make sure that no screws or anything else small goes down the drain. After you've done that, make sure you have all of your tools ready for the rest of the project.

Step 2 - Adjustment

First, you're going to unscrew your latch from the shower door. If it's only cracked or broken on the latch itself, all you're going to have to do is take a piece from your local home improvement store to replace it. If the latch is in good condition, you're going to simply want to clean and re-apply the door. Make sure to leave the latch loose so that you can still make adjustments to the latch if necessary. Now open and close with your loose latch while wiggling the connection to the door holds or frame. Make sure to screw this tightly in place, because this is going to be used frequently and you don't want it falling apart. This sort of adjustment may be necessary every month so make sure to check your door.

Step 3 - Puddle test

If you have a puddle outside of the shower door this usually means that it's the shower door's sweep (the rubber strip that lines the bottom of the door) needs fixing. If you want to check this, you're going to want to open the door from the outside, and take a look underneath the door. If the sweep is in decent condition, you may only need to lower it to meet the frame. To do this, loosen the screws that hold it in place and very gently pull the sweep down. After that, tighten the screws and then try closing the door. Nine times out of ten this will fix your leak. If the sweep is in bad condition though you're going to want to buy a new one and simply replace it.

Step 4 - Dislodging

Now that we've covered the other possibilities, let's cover another common problem. When it comes to glass shower doors, the most common problem is that they simply came off their tracks. This can make the doors difficult to close; if this is the case you're simply going to want to re-align your door.