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Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Judson Nice Looking Track
I received this product through the "Create Your Own Tub or Shower Door" option on Home Depot's website. That system made ordering very easy & it provides a nice visual for what the different types of glass and finishes will look like. For all of my fellow visual people out there, I highly recommend using that tool to see what the pieces will look like together.
As for the finished product, it's very sturdy & looks great installed. Now, it is a bit of a DIY project - you have to cut & install the track. The installation process wasn't that tedious, but it did take a solid couple of hours. For the most part, it's a one person job. For me, the worst part of the installation was drilling the 6 holes in the tile necessary to install the wall jams. TIP #1: Know what kind of tile you have. I THOUGHT the bullnose pieces around the edge of my shower were ceramic. I was wrong - it was actually porcelain. I only discovered this difference after I wasted an entire hour trying to drill pilot holes & 5/16" holes with carbide tipped bits (I did not count that wasted hour in the 2 hour installation estimate). After another trip to the store for a diamond tipped bit, it went much faster, but still took about 5 minutes per hole. If you have ceramic tiles this will go some faster. If you have stone, it will probably take a little longer.
The directions were very good & they broke installation down step by step, complete with illustrations. However, after having everything - track, doors & handles - installed I realized I had what looked like a piece of black weather stripping left over. I poured back over the instruction manual trying to figure out where it was supposed to go, but I never found any mention of it. Finally, when looking at an illustration of the bottom track, I thought "Hmm, that looks like it would fit in there." Sure enough - it fit perfectly & alleviated the rattling when I opened the outside door (I had noticed the rattling but decided it wasn't so bad I couldn't live with it). So, TIP #2: Insert the black piece of weather stripping into the groove in the leg of the bottom track BEFORE you install the bottom track. You CAN go back and do it afterwards, but it's much harder since you have to force it in.
TIP #3 - use a metal cutoff wheel for a circular saw or drill to cut the track instead of a hand saw - it GREATLY expedites the process. I purchased a 4" avanti pro cutoff wheel because the doors were about 1" taller than the tile on the shower & I wanted to notch the top frame so that it sat flush with both the wall and the tile. Even if I was just making a straight cut on the bottom & top tracks, I would still go with the cutoff wheel though - for the nominal price of the wheel, it really makes things easier.
The finish on the track is very nice looking - it's sprayed on though & I could see a couple places in the corner of the wall jams where the metal wasn't covered all the way. Nothing very noticeable once installed because the doors are covering most of the wall jam, but still a little annoying. You also need to be careful with the track before installation & when cutting because it's fairly easy to scratch the finish. I had a couple scratches on the very top of the track incurred from something in the garage during the cutting process. Not a huge deal, just be careful at the beginning b/c once they're installed, it's unlikely they'll come in contact with sharp objects or course texture.
Overall, nice looking track & a great looking finish product. Be careful with the track & measure twice, cut once & you should be a happy camper!
October 1, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0Â by Jacki Looks good, doors slide very well
Directions were easy to follow, installation was fairly easy. The rails look great and I am pleased at how well the doors slide.
September 17, 2013