How To Install A Modern Glass Shower Door Kit



today we are installing a custom glass sliding door system for a 5 foot shower now it's not custom glass in the respect that we didn't have a glass guy come and measure this to order but in the fact that traditionally I'd say 90 to 95 percent of the bathtubs in this world are a 5 foot width tub so a few years ago the market started creating replacement products so you can pull out your tub put in a new tub or just a shower pan and this is where it got real popular the 5 foot shower pan you see them in the building stores everywhere now you even see them in another retail outlets and you can buy a shower pan with now a sliding door kit that looks pretty darn sexy comes with a solid fix panel and overhead rail big you know stainless steel chrome rail rollers looks pretty good generally this product runs around eight hundred to a thousand dollars there's varying degrees of quality and that sort of thing brush nickel chrome but for the most part anywhere between an eight and a twelve millimeter glass you're going to get the same result it's going to keep the water out of the rest of the bathroom and it's made of tempered glass so it's not a safety hazard so what I recommend is go for the eight to ten mil glass products instead of the 12 a 12 mil product is really heavy then recently we installed one that was available for sale at a local store and it took four grown men to carry it upstairs so if you want to do this yourself which you can we're going to teach you how by the smaller glass eight to ten mil and you'll be able to manage that on your own no problem so before we get started let's open up the package and see what we have alright well it's Christmas let's open this box up until we have okay so this shower door comes in two different boxes thanks God it's ten millimeter glass so it's really easy for two people to carry you're not going to be sweating it out and risk dropping this bad boy like I was talking about in the intro we did a twelve Mills last ones there's a lot heavier and all of the products was in one case just nuts I don't know who designed that but they should be shot so here we go we're just going to confirm I'm looking for the fixed panel yep this one's got the holes drilled in it so this is my first panel that's good and then over here someone with the actual door panel just like Fort Knox to open up here's all the rails that I need so interesting I need to take out some of this in order to put in some of this well I better get set up an organizer so here we go we are ready to install our glass door but first thing we do is we've identified the parts in the box found our hardware kit and our instruction manual you know you've seen me on these videos probably reading instruction manuals like this yes yes yes yes I got stumped on this one a little bit this is a new installation usually on these glass door systems they have an overhead rail and you see in this diagram here there's a bracket that goes attached to each side of the wall and then the rail goes in the bracket but my experience the bracket has got a little piece that's attached to the wall and it slides up and down the rail put it in place just slide it over your allen key it together that's very nice it's a real pain in the butt this looks like a real simple installation so I'm glad I read this or I would have been a little bit confused moving board I always take the time you never know someone might have been something new someday okay if you've never installed this door kit before here's step one well that made perfect sense there's not a whole lot of instruction here other than a couple of diagrams so if you've never done this before you really need to watch this video because this is not going to do you damn bit of good alright here we go did you always carry your glass from underneath and don't assume that just because it feels like you got a good grip you're going to be fine alright so this is the door the first thing we want to do is get the door in the room it has to go into the back of the shower you don't want to try to do this when you have your fixed panel and your overhead rails installed all right Nate so what we're going to do is I'm going to go high they're going to stay low we're going to try to keep the glass vertical like this as much as we can and then bring it into the shower so I'm about as high as I want to go I'm going to put my hand on the ceiling and game I'm going to go like that a little bit of support there okay here bring it right around onto the foam now we've got a tarp on the floor just for protection for the shower pan and those foam blocks and I cheated and I put the little corners in my pocket Nate when we're doing a shower we're going to put a fixed panel from here attached to the wall and then the door slides from behind on an overhead rail if this glass isn't in here before we start you saw how a little our space was to begin with because we have a drop ceiling can you imagine trying to squeeze that inner never happen by the way in case you forget this is Nate you probably remember him from the deck project that we did hello roll footage and so he's joined me for the summer again which is awesome glad to have them back we're going to teach them how to do some of this installation I've put about 20 or 25 of these glass door systems in so far in my career they're all basically the same the door goes in the back it's not in the information by the way a pamphlet doesn't tell you to do that so that would've been painful all right here we go so what we've got to do is we need the chrome rail the new channel that goes against the wall yeah and we're going to need our drevis which we have drill bits we need the hardwood case Shh go get the chrome rail in the Harvard case and with kept busy all right big chrome okay mm-hmm so just as a note if you're doing a new bathroom is though you'll notice I haven't put the finish pictures on the wall yet I haven't even installed the toilet yet tuition bathrooms are a little tight on space so you can do your glass system before you put all your other fixtures in it will be to your benefit you need all the space you can get to maneuver around here so according to their actions and this has been to be the same everywhere we need to attach the U channel to the wall when we frame this generally speaking we make sure we always put framing behind the wall if you don't have framing plugs will work but make sure that you're attaching the back side of this with two sided tape and or silicone so what we do is we just hold the you channel up against the wall we'll pull up the level in a minute but first I just want to generally mark where these holes are going to be okay so this is a sliding door hardware so generally this goes down here my glass goes into here all right and then the other door slides in here so what I'm looking at is I need a measurement natan of how far from the outside edge to the center of that hole here where the glass panel goes so from there it's the center looks like it's about a half an inch but maybe five base loads about inch and a half or inch and quarter okay so the center of this hole with all this centered that hole from the outside edge oh okay and let's make sure it's back in position right there so there we go the center of that hole so it's more than half an inch so nine sixteenths or something stupid share okay so then what we want to do is make sure the center of this is 9/16 from that edge okay so let's also put your tape good because the more you make things level and square and think and from the beginning more likely you won't screw it all up okay mate but you make tape measure here we're in work 9/16 put on the tape please there we go there's 9/16 that's the center of my glass wow that is really on the outside edge that's where that has to go so basically what I'm doing I have my 9/16 on the rail now and I put this 9/16 which represents the center of the glass put it up against my tile make my pencil mark where I'm going to be drilling a hole okay and then I'm going to be putting tape there tape is because I need to use a level to make this mark properly okay where's my 9/16 so I'm going to just mark my holes that I have to drill okay and now I'm going to put my level on there Nick can you make sure that among main six seats down a place now I'm going to level this yeah you're good and this is one of these cases where you don't want to just be close you want to be right on the money thank you the benefit of having the DeVault drill here is that I have a hammer drill function they call me crazy but I love my hammer drill function generally speaking when you're using this end a bit and there are two bits actually I've used I like the glass and tile bit it looks like a little spatula so as a point and it doesn't run around on you this kind tends to travel when you're drilling a hole so you got to kind of really brace yourself and then hold the drill against the wall and get a couple of points of contact you want to start your hole just underneath the pencil mark hold still while I make slowly lifts it into place kinda once you get a nice hole that'll hold it steady Wow that's noisy here is the other kind of it looks like a little Spade tip on it carbide tip it should do a good job just as well the difference is these only tend to last so long you don't want overheat them so you might only get two or three holes drilled with something like this but if all you're doing is that one shower it's good to go love that as in tough tile whoo holy that is strong a stone Oh ladies and gentlemen so these are about nine bucks times four forty bucks they'll work they're really good for ceramic but this is a really hard porcelain want to use the other bit which is about 40 bucks so you could get one that's going to work over and over and over again because that's just met hey Brandon so I had a problem today I was out of my silicone that I usually use my new Flex so thumbs up a bomb we had to go to the hardware store god help us it says the French water-resistant in 30 minutes not bad I guess if you're really in a hurry to get it wet so 10-year mold resistant microbe and technology kitchen bad blah blah that's nice silicone always needs to be pierced make sure you do that or you will make one heck of a mess trying to squeeze out a tube that will come out the back end all right so whenever we're working like this we'll put silicone in the hole first as a good measure for sealing up that hole before we put any screws or plugs now thanks if you have wood in behind then you'll be fine if you don't you want to use a plug if you do I use a plug squeeze that in the silicone right there these plugs here about the same thickness as my stone and Aalborg lovely so like most manufacturers they use these Philips bits real pain in the butt Philips bits don't hold onto a screwdriver with the darn so free thread your screw through the hole because you can't hold your metal bracket and your screw and your drill all at the same time well this is really easier to do if you have really skinny fingers but you want to do is hold the screw top on the drill bit like this and then insert it got it so once you have your rail on that establishes where your glass panel is going to go at the end of your glass panel they have this little attachment there's a few different varieties of this but in this case this one slides over the piece of glass this little cap here you can pop off and put a screw into the shower pan I'm not a big fan of that I would prefer you silicon and two-sided tape for all these applications just because if you buy custom glass all of these accessories that's all they're going to use silicone and two-sided tape why are these manufactured glass systems always want you to put screws through your shower pan and then risk water getting in there and start to go black and gunky and you just don't need that so what we're going to do is we're going to just cut a few pieces of the trim that we have that like they're like little pieces of rubber gasket we're going to use these like a silicone shim for leveling off the glass panel and check the pen angle of this it's about one degree off and you want to get this door on as square as humanly possible now the doors themselves will adjust the height the way the roller sits on it to close against the wall but if you can mitigate some of the you know the variances by having the door panel itself perfectly level it just makes the rest of the installation so much smoother so I suggest take an extra few minutes here make sure your glass panel is in as level as possible before you move forward and for that you're going to need some of these little rubber shampoos same rule is before you want to keep the glasses vertical as you can this is more of a one-man installation here so we're going to come in and then you're going to let go so that I can drive and watch the ceiling in the floor at the same time use your shoe okay you can see I've only got a few inches of clearance up there ceiling here so I'm going to use my shoe and use that to slide this glass in the plant all right we glad we don't have a toilet here yet I'm going to bunny hop it up onto the rail now what will you do this lift it up and stick the quarter in the gap first all right I'm going to slide it over nice and gentle like I'm just lifting up the corn here putting in my think you got that yep bring my little in package in hello remember you had that yep thank you okay so down right now yeah slowly okay so that is almost perfect so here's the secret and I know this is going to blow your mind I take my shim pack Nate can you lift the glass please yup just a touch I'm going to move it over a couple of inches set it down Boop BAM so here's the deal the closer your little shim pack gets to the corner the more the whole glass will rotate and we'll go in with so for the do-it-yourselfer this is your first time going to the source there is a step that you can do here and turn this into a two day installation you could at this point so look on the wall to look on the floor let this all cure for 24 hours and then come back and install the rest that makes like really simple then nothing is guaranteed to move but if you don't have that luxury of time you can believe it or not use a little bit of tape keep everything in place while you're finishing the dough it's amazing how strong tape can be just put it on both sides basically you're just taping the glass to the shower pan creating a resistance now the glass won't move around okay there we go let's continue on we've got to take our rail and attach our hardware this is the part that goes in the glass and you can always tell which side goes in the glass because it comes with these little plastic covers that separate the metal all right that way you don't have contact with the metal in the glass to avoid chipping so the screw holes are in the instructions so many millimeters over so many millimeters down I hate that sort of thing I am more of a visual person I like to do a ruff-ruff in make sure I'm comfortable to what I'm doing so that's exactly we're going to do I've worked with different systems some of them come with a little lab and allow shaped square on it and you can set it on there and mark the holes that's brilliant but this system doesn't have that so we're going to do is we're going to put this hardware in here and this place manically plan that sweet spot there we are and we're not going to tighten it all the way up yet we're just going to place it in so this particular hardware it's comes in two pieces very nice now these are just jacquard of covers okay here I'm not necessary to put those on right at the moment but just visually they'll help keep you in check now I need the other one to go on this side good alright so that what this happens you can see this little bracket here and on your left side of that bracket there are two screw holes and the bottom is going to carry the weight of the bar all right and so all you got to do is you're going to set up a level you're going to slide this over and you're going to screw that to the wall in order to do that we have to take our allen key in this particular case if that was in my pouch and there it is and we're just going to rectum eight we're level is and tighten the allen key to it so it doesn't slide off okay so now that I've got both of my ends tighten to my bracket I'm not attached to the wall yet obviously this isn't tight either we want to level it off before we mark this thing okay so here's the key this is a little torpedo level comes with a magnetic side you'll notice that with stainless steel it kind of works kind of to prevent damage don't trust it it's also very sharp so even when you think you're level it's really hard to tell now that's a really good quality torpedo level but the longer the level the more accurate the reading and you'll see that according to this one I am out so even the torpedo level said it's perfectly level and it was wrong bigger is always better so what we're going to do is we're going to just trace the outline of the pencil I don't want to use a marker here like I said this is a lip a toe tile so it is porous trace all these first and then we're going to take all this Hardware off and we're going to come back and drill these holes and then melt these brackets in the exact position that we want them just go to market we go and then you drill four more holes we'll be back in a minute I [Applause] like to use the back of my tape measure to put my plugs in the wall as rubber solid gets the job done doesn't break anything you'll see there that I'm pretty much exhausted my ability to put that plug in some up against the wood I'm just going crazy like that go little overkill okay so we got to set our bar in position and put that through the glass so you end up with this just carrying waiting three points now now we've got this in this final resting place we allen key in there there is a hole in the side of this and you use your allen key to tighten it up like a wrench brilliant so a quick recap now we've got our fixed panel in place and we have our overhead bar secured and in place so every structural element of this is done from this point forward what we're going to do is we're going to hang a door make the adjustments and then add all the finishing trims just to keep the water from getting out of the shower and then we're basically done so what we're going to do here is we got to take these wheels apart so it's helpful here to have an extra pair of hands all right so I've got my wheel and my little plastic gasket here it just keeps all of the metal from being in contact with the glass it's important here there's a wheel but the holes offset all right so when you turn that for adjustment you're actually raising and lowering the glass and that's the other side of the nut so you put the nut pacing outside and then you put on that hold the nut and just spin the wheel till it's finger tight keep your decorative cap side because you won't need that until after you're done making all your final adjustments to the same on the other side so I turn nothing but packaging so I'm going to shred Faora plastic gray which side goes in yeah very good lug nut and hold the nut onto the thread and then turn the big milk big fingers in and that's why you want to move the big wheel there we go yeah it's important you're threading something like that go in reverse until you feel the catch and then go forward zoom across when it rises snug like enough off we're good yeah okay here's the moment of truth right mm-hm so we're going to use two people here we're going to lift this onto the rail okay so like your job will be to make sure that both of these are going onto the rim okay my job make sure that the bottom glass goes into that little gap there okay at the same time alright so we want to bring it up and then just drop in place and straight down okay so you take care of visually on top don't take care of it early on the bottom okay we good it and down them nice we're there with our okay then we're in our slide hey so this system here's got these little break system built into the hardware snug as a bug in a row that's nice that's a great little catch that's it force against the glass yourself and alright so all of these gaskets they don't apply with any adhesive no silicone just it's a compression fit they're also available for replacement parts did you go to your local glass shop anybody that has 8 or 10 or 12 mil ass will carry these in stock so if you have a kit that requires you to cut them to size then you make a mistake just go and get a new replacement they're only a few dollars they're in stock and that way you won't be disappointed with the final result when you're pressing this end just be really careful this is it's a very rigid plastic so if you go too fast you'll end up burning your thumb creates a lot of heat so nice and easy so these gaskets are designed to keep the water from getting out water generally is a problem at the bottom of the shower not the top which is why we didn't use silicone in the screws mounting the top row you're not going to get covered in water up there so once you get your bottom establish really well you and finish all that off really the last step for us here is just to put a little bit of brackets down here in the silicone this is our drip edge this is just a little threshold that they were designed goes outside the doors for any water dripping off the glass it gets redirected back inside the shower and then we're done we just got a silicone and walk away so now that we've got that in place the reason we put those on first is because this particular system doesn't have a guard on the boat on the rail some systems that have a little bumper here so we open the door but it stops there nice and shy you're never going to have contact with the wall this one going on at the wall coming a little nervous but I want to make sure I got that little protection and over here this system again there's no there's nothing to stop this from going all the way and except that the break here and because it's a new system to me I didn't want to take any chances so now I got something nice and software to land on going both phases this wheel here is designed and this will be grazing and we'll adjust these in a minute so that when this was threaded on the door can't lift off the mount that simple so if you grab the handle and you get a bit of a lift it'll bang into the rail and it won't fall off that's all that is it's just for safety and push okay in the kit you're going to get one of these little wrenches depending on the kit there may be more than one wrench but here what we've got is a really interesting situation this door in spite of our best efforts is just a little off level we're gonna puts this wrench on okay well that's good screen to see really see the glass rise up and down when I went down on our end over here is once again it's amazing this one little adjustment will do such a huge difference and then we're going to take our edge in the middle a little nut and tighten it up so we're going to lock that spot in place okay because we like the way that that sitting we don't want to let that change we tighten that nut in place now these are the decorative columns that we had out earlier we'll just throw those one now we need a door handle of course same rule applies you're going to put one of these pieces of plastic gasket on each side there's a set screw on here want the set screw facing down and again so good to fab 3 hands so the last part is just to put your trim on the base this is just water deflection so this is not a real big issue we're going to just add some silicone to this piece of plastic that receives the door okay really important here slide the door over let the door to take where that should go you slide it away again this last little piece here was outside the door under that trim alright so what I would do I would usually like a straight line just to mark where it's going to go this product to work hard ever so gently let's just put the difference all that's left now is take your clear silicone use a nice mildew resistant product last for a while go around and make a nice seal anywhere where the metal missed the tile or the glass meets the acrylic base and just close it all up with the silicone remember this sort of a system is not a waterproofing it's just a water diversion so as long as everything that the water is going to be touching while it's following gravity and heading towards the drain is sealed up it won't start creeping back underneath even the edge in this base we've got a probably a two degree slope everything is being diverted back into the drain so what I like to do is seal up the outside first and then once everything is all finished then I'll go back in the next day I'll seal up the inside and silicone all in my shower let's all up on the inside around the ceiling around the base but then your shower system is done most of these units follow a similar principle it might be a little adjustments here there remember the steps are simple pop the measuring do a dry run have an extra pair of hands and you'll be able to do this result too if you're enjoying these videos subscribe to the channel hit the like button but most importantly comment on the videos by all means or suggestive video you'd like to see let us know we'd love to be in touch

23 Comments

  • Uh Hub 2

    April 15, 2019

    The out of box shower doesn’t work to well because most tile is installed out of level. That’s why you pay a glass shop to cut the glass specific for your shower stall. This shower would normally cost $14-1600 depending on your location. In my opinion it’s work the extra money to purchase a custom enclosure.

    Other than that, great video!

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  • Abdurrahman Muhammed

    April 15, 2019

    awesome

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  • Mark Albert

    April 15, 2019

    So glad I found this video. One of my clients just asked me to do this. You give me the confidence to do it by myself, but I wished to have your helpful second set of hands!

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  • jonnsmusich

    April 15, 2019

    I spritz with water while drilling with the spade bit. Keeps the blade cool, runs out the material. Have to wipe up afterwards but works well, especially on thick tiles

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  • David Rodriguez

    April 15, 2019

    Im going to start doing shower glass with my dad. Video was cool thanks

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  • Talo Contracting

    April 15, 2019

    great job!
    wet the hole with water sponge while drilling. makes it faster to drill and prevents the drill bit from burning quick.

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  • Rc Ortiz

    April 15, 2019

    Recently.. I have 2 units to service and both have the same system/issue. What u showed me on this video.. I can now make those adjustments. You the Man!! Thanks

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  • Do it yourself channel

    April 15, 2019

    Skip to 11:40 for the snorkel laugh ?

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  • TheGuruStud

    April 15, 2019

    I just noticed…you're Ol Dirty Bastard?! Boy, your looks and career sure have changed!

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  • Studio One

    April 15, 2019

    Have you done a Video with a frameless Shower door that slides ? This is a great video!

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  • Rickal Hamilton

    April 15, 2019

    Can I buy all these stuff without the glass?

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  • MOHAMMED ANJUM

    April 15, 2019

    Very helpful. Thanks for amazing tips

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  • Yes Its Me

    April 15, 2019

    Perfect! Just what I was looking for.

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  • Kat Jones

    April 15, 2019

    Hubby stops in :- what are you doing? Me: watching more ODB ?

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  • David Hollman

    April 15, 2019

    I needed to find a video on this and hoped you'd have one on this topic Jeff! And there it was, first in the search results 🙂

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  • EJ

    April 15, 2019

    sweet shoes…LOL

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  • Nyamadi Bright

    April 15, 2019

    Great work bro. I'm planning to install sliding door for my boutique which system would you recommend me to use?

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  • Slobodan Nedeljkovic

    April 15, 2019

    One very common think is al of the amateurs without elementary knowledge of installations making videos. Leave this job for professionals. At this moment I am not going to use the chip storytelling I am professional will do this or that way. Hire professional installer an simply don’t allow anybody to drill the holes with hammer drill on your new porcelain bathroom tiles. Please don’t allow anybody to use torpedo level on 5’ length glass glide and make sure that sliding glass panel is outside of shower head as long as no obstruction on way in/out.
    Recommendation to this installer: continue to install the bathroom glass doors and when you install truck load of the doors you will be probably expert and make the video at that time. Your glass door installation training curses lasting much shorter then grafting curses.

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  • Michelle Barrett

    April 15, 2019

    very helpful – you are a very good teacher – so much more clear than the lame instructions that came with my kit!

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  • Roland Saludares

    April 15, 2019

    Awesome job.??

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  • David Coleman

    April 15, 2019

    Well that has helped me no end with my shower door! once again ???

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  • Joseph Hinton

    April 15, 2019

    So it is possible with most kits to install the moving door from either side depending on where the toilet is in relation to the shower head. In my case the toilet and shower head are on the same wall. If I have the moving door on the same side as the shower head there would be very little space to maneuver in and out of the shower.

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  • Ron Holt

    April 15, 2019

    A water gun would make the drilling easier, it saves the bit and keeps the tile from resisting the drill

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