How To Install a Pivot Shower Door
Time Required: Over 1 day
Most pivot doors are designed to be reversible and can be installed with the pivots on the right or left side of the enclosure. Make sure that the door has room to swing open without hitting any obstructions. Also, for some fiberglass or acrylic shower enclosures, the non-hinge side of the threshold track may need to be rounded by filling it in.
Tools & Materials
Remember to measure twice and cut once.
- Measure the wall-to-wall length of the threshold at the center of the enclosure ledge. Subtract the manufacturer-specified length.
- Transfer this measurement to the threshold track.
- Carefully cut the threshold track with a hacksaw. Use a miter box to ensure a straight cut.
- Smooth the cut end with a file.
Attach the pivot bracket to the bottom ledge.
- Apply silicone sealant to the inside edge of the pivot side of the bottom ledge.
- Slide the pivot bracket onto the bottom ledge and secure it with screws.
- Check to ensure the silicone sealant completely fills the area between the pivot bracket and the bottom ledge.
Install the threshold track.
- Clean the threshold thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.
- Apply a bead of silicone sealant around the entire bottom edge of the threshold track.
- Position the threshold track with the high side of the track located towards the outside.
- Apply a bead of silicone sealant along the entire edge where the bottom track meets the wall.
- Wipe away any excess sealant.
Position and center the pivot wall channel on the bottom track.
- Place a carpenter’s level against the wall jamb and adjust it until the wall piece is plumb.
- Use a pencil to mark the mounting hole locations on the wall.
- Repeat this process for the wall channel on the opposite wall.
Drill at the marked mounting holes.
- Ceramic Tile
- Put an X of masking tape over the tile to keep the drill bit from wandering over the surface.
- Use a center punch to nick the glaze as a starting point for drilling.
- Use a ¼” masonry drill bit to drill the holes.
- Tap wall anchors into the holes with a hammer.
- Use a 1/8” drill bit to drill the holes. Wall anchors are not required.
Install the wall jamb to the wall.
- If a wall filler strip is needed, position it against the wall behind the wall channel and secure both with screws.
- Attach the remaining pivot bracket to the top of the wall jamb.
- Position the wall jamb with the bottom pivot bracket on the threshold track.
- Secure the wall jamb to the wall with screws.
- Place the nylon bushings on the pivots.
Install the magnetic jamb on the opposite side wall channel.
- Adjust the door using the adjusting screws until it rests flush against the jamb.
- Tighten all the screws after the door is properly adjusted.
Put the finishing touch on your shower door installation.
- Attach the seal strip to the bottom of the door and cut it to the required length.
- Place the glass clamp sweep into place on the door’s bottom edge and secure it at the door clamp.
- Place end caps on the tops of the wall channels.
- Attach the door handles and any towel bars.