Before jumping into the installation
of your shower door please read the "How To" written
on handling Tempered Glass. Euro shower doors are
easer to install than framed units, but you are working
with glass, and it is heavy. We have several different
styles of low cost suction cups available on our store.
My favorite is the two cup model
SUC2CUP. If you have several panels to set the$ 20.00 for a set will be the best spent
money of the whole project.
Verify & Layout:
first step in a door install is to verify
the dimensions and layout the unit. On the
Work Order paperwork shipped with your door
there is a dimension box on the left hand
side. These are the Centerline Space Dimensions
the door was manufactured to fit. Using these
space dimensions layout the unit. We recommend
putting small marks on your tile so you will
know where everything should be installed.
The hinges are designed with
a safety feature that prevents the glass from
coming out of the hinge once the door is assembled.
The glass has been manufactured with a especial
hinge cutout to receive the hinge.
Hint: If you
super glue the hinge gasket to the hinge and
hinge plate it will make it easier to work
with during the installation. Don't get glue
on the outside surfaces, it may damage the
Mount the hinges:
hinge and gaskets into the glass hinge cutout,
but don't tighten the hinge plate screws.
The hinge plate and screws go to the inside
of the shower door.
Note: The hinge shown in the picture is a Geneva Style (Standard duty). The mouse ear hinge body is typical for the standard duty hinges. The heavy duty Vienna and Cologne hinges do not have mouse ear hinge body casting.
Locate the hinge:
To make sure
you have the ability to adjust the door after
it is installed you need to locate the hinge
into the center of the cutout. With the hinge
plate loose slide the hinge all the way up
and put a mark on the glass just above the
hinge. Now slide the hinge all the way down
and put a mark on the glass just below the
hinge. Center the hinge between the two marks
and set the edge of the hinge clamp to match
that of the glass. Using a good screwdriver
tighten the hinge clamp screws. If the hinge
is correctly assembled with gaskets you can
not over tighten hinge plate screws.
) Install the Handle
We want to install the handle
or knob at this point so that it will be easer
to position the door in the door opening.
There are different styles of handles and
knobs, but most of them use the same through
the glass mounting system. On the back to
back handles there is an inside handle and
an outside handle. The inside handle has two
small set screws. When mounted these set screws
face downward so that you can't easily see
them. Use the allen wrench provided loosen
the allen screws and separate the two handles.
Now loosen the screws holding the plastic
washers. Take note of the order of the plastic
washers and sleeve. When assembled on the
door there is a plastic washer on each side
of the glass, and the sleeve is in the hole
between the washers. The plastic washers protect
the glass from the metal handle. Don't tighten
the screws to much or you will break the washers.
Now slide the inside handle onto the studs
with set screws down. Tighten the set screws.
The handle is designed so that it tighten
on the glass as the set screws are tightened.
Mounting the door :
On a typical
Euro door, the glass is manufactured to have
a 1/2" clearance for the bottom wiper.
Place two pieces of the 1/2" fiberboard
used in the shipping crate on the curb of
the doorway of the shower. For this next step
it is helpful to have someone on both sides
of the door.
If you are installing a door only all you
need to worry about in the positioning of
the door on the threshold, and having the
door straight up & down. With the corner
protectors still on the glass and following
the "Guidelines for Handling Glass" stand
the door on the fiberboard in the door opening.
Using a level position the door and mark the
screw locations for both the top and bottom
hinges. Carefully remove the door and set
Door & Panel: When
installing a door and panel it is recommenced
that the fixed panel be in position, but not
sealed with silicone. With the corner protectors
on the glass and following the "Guidelines
for Handling Glass" stand the door on
the fiberboard spacers in the door opening.
Position the door so that it is located on
the threshold in line with the side panel.
Temporally remove the top corner protector
on the door and check to see if the height
of the door and side panel are the same. You
may need to add an additional piece of cardboard
under the door to make the top corners match.
With the door positioned to match the inline
panel mark the location for the screw holes
for the hinges on the wall. Carefully remove
the door and set it aside.
7) Drill & Anchor
Using the 1/4" carbide
drill each of the marked hole locations. The
hinge screws are 1 1/2" long so make
sure your holes are deep enough to receive
the anchor. Push a anchor into each hole.
The top of the anchor should be level with
Tip: If you put
a small amount of silicon on each anchor,
it will make it easier to screw in the
hinge screws, and it will seal the hole
8) Hang The
door as before and install a screw in the
upper hinge, and then one in the bottom hinge.
Now install the rest of the screws. Check
to make sure the hinge plate screws are tight.
There should be a slight slope on
the curb into the shower. Open the door into the shower to remove the fiberboard blocks from under
Install Hinge Seal:
After all fine
tuning is completed we need to install the
hinge seal. Open the door (inward if possible)
all the way to expose the back edge of the
glass. Clean the edge of the glass of finger
prints and oils. The eSHOWERDOOR kit came
with a double finned "T" vinyl seal.
Cut the seal the the correct lengths. To install
the seal peal the red backing down for about
2 inches. Position this part of the seal on
the glass. Now slowly pull off the backing
off and press the seal on to the glass. The
seal has two fins, a short fin, and a long
fin. If you have a tight install, and have
the glass slid into the hinges all the way,
you will need to trim off the long fin and
use the short fin.
with new tile or granite it is helpful
to put a thin film of petroleum jelly
on the fin of the seal so that it doesn't
stick as the door is closed.
10) Finishing Touches:
The last thing you want is a call-back because the door moved in a hinge. After your door is hung and the seals installed we recommend putting a drop of super glue between the inside gasket and the glass. This will prevent the door from moving in the hinge. To do this take the fiber setting blocks you used when you hung the door, and from the inside of the shower, open the door into the shower and then close it slowly on the setting blocks to support the weight of the door. With the door weight supported by the setting blocks, remove the hinge plate from top hinge add a drop of super glue, replace the hinge plate and tighten the screws. Repeat the process on bottom hinge. To remove the setting blocks open the door into the shower to put the weight of the door back on the hinges.
Note: There was a small tube of super glue provided in the installation kit. DO NOT USE SILICON SEALANT for this final step.
In the maintained kit there is a small bottle of Crystal Shield II. Apply a little of the Crystal Shield II to a soft cloth and wipe down the inside surfaces of the hardware to make them easier to maintain.