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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by DIYSmudge50 Love this shower door - now I've gotten over the installation process
This is a really nice shower door and my wife loves it. We'd been wrestling with a shower curtain for years and this is vast improvement. The shower cubical feels more spacious and the door lets in lots of light. It's been installed about a month and so far hasn't leaked. The finish is nice and the magnet on the door snaps the door shut with just the right amount of hold. I chose this door because it boasted a wide range of installation widths ("Adjusts to fit shower openings with a minimum width dimension of 32.25 in. and a maximum width dimension of 33.75 in."). At 33.5 in. for our shower, I needed something that offered this flexibility, particularly as the walls each side of the opening are not plumb.
Installation: I've installed many shower doors over the years and they are never easy - EVER. This one says it’s easy, but no manufacturer I've used yet has managed to make completely good on the promise. Not surprising really, there are so many variables that no design can completely overcome and still be an affordable door. In this case, the problem wasn’t with the product so much, but with the assumptions the installation instructions make and the typical insufficiency of the supplied fittings. For example, with a vinyl shower lining, as I have, the 2” screws provided are totally inadequate. This was made worse by the fact that the wall jam sections have a raised center, so the screw is already ½” away from the wall before you start. Then in my case, you have another ¾” gap caused by the vinyl shower wall, next is ½” drywall, leaving you with about ¼” of thread on the screw before you hit stud. Mine was just spinning in the hole and never managed to bite into anything. However I was lucky that there was a stud just within range of the hinge-side wall jam, so I was able to swap out the supplied screws with something more substantial. Had there not been a stud back there, I’m still wondering what kind of drywall fixture might be sufficient to hold such a heavy door.
The plastic drywall plugs supplied with this shower door where also hopeless, and I seriously doubt they would hold the weight of the shower door even if the install conditions were ideal. So before you attempt to install this door, make sure you have a supply of 3” or 3.5”, waterproof deck screws or similar, or a really secure type of drywall plug before you start. Otherwise I guarantee you’ll be going back to Home Depot to get some. Also, keep in mind that if your shower opening is at the wider end of the specified range, you will have trouble finding enough metal to tap into when you attach the telescopic door jams to the wall jams. I was at 33.5 in. and barely managed to get a tap on the screws. This was at its worst near the top because my walls widened out slightly to 33.75 inch. So measure the top, middle and bottom distance of your opening first to be sure you’re not past the outer range width limit. Another tip - use two strips of masking tape to hold the bottom rail to the shower tray while the clear caulking is drying. This will prevent it getting knocked out of alignment as you mark your walls for plumb. The instructions didn't include this trick, but it will save you a lot of time and hassle. Like I said, the door itself was a good design in principal, and the main components are decent quality. Just be aware that its gets tricky to fit together if your shower opening exceeds about 33.25” as mine did. All told it took me about 3 hours from opening the box, to caulking the trim. Hassle indeed, but the results were worth the effort. As a life-long DIYer, I would buy this model again as it’s certainly a decent and attractive door; but if you're not very experienced with this kind of work, ask someone who is to help you.
March 25, 2015