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confused about replacing sliding shower doors

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I like the look of these.
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-Portm ... /300503300

It looks like it comes with the top track only.

Do I need to buy this as well?
https://www.homedepot.com/p/Delta-48-in ... /206195446
My side frames are grotty.


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Page 5 of the assembly instructions says it does.

https://images.thdstatic.com/catalog/pd ... 1d6d1b.pdf

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Silk McCue wrote: Mon Jun 14, 2021 4:37 pm Page 5 of the assembly instructions says it does.

https://images.thdstatic.com/catalog/pd ... 1d6d1b.pdf

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The kit already comes with "wall jambs" according to the PDF installation.

Should be a simple basic install after removing the old one and cleaning well. :D :D
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One caution about this being a D-I-Y project. Some shower areas have a curved corner rather than a true 90 degree corner. If that is the case, a shower door kit would have to be ground down to match that curve in order to make a tight fit. Failure to do this results in glass doors that don't fully close or gaps around the side-jambs that let water escape. I ended up buying expensive doors installed by someone who ONLY puts in shower doors. I'm now glad that I had it done correctly by someone with more experience than I would ever want to have.
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I just installed a replacement shower door for the first time.... it came out good, but not great.

Biggest issue - check to make sure every single surface (the curb and both walls) are square and level. The curb in my shower is higher in the middle than at either end where it meets the wall - and neither wall is square. It took a lot of messing around to try to get everything "close enough" so the gaps were small and it didn't leak anywhere. It also meant ALL of the measurements are off, the biggest one being the height that the shower door is hung.
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We had a similar shower sliding door at our old house. It had to be completely dismantled in order to clean the area where the glass overlapped in the middle and the lower track never drained completely. When we moved into our new home, the master bath shower was set up to use a curtain. Curtains are so much easier to work with. I would never go back to a sliding glass door.
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Delta Shower Doors is fairly responsive to questions.
I sent an email and they told me that the linked shower doors had everything I would need except for anchors and screws if I was to install the doors on tile. https://www.homedepot.com/p/Triple-Grip ... /202527077
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I much prefer a shower curtain. I hate shower doors. If it were me, I would remove the old one and not replace.
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leeks wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:27 pm I much prefer a shower curtain. I hate shower doors. If it were me, I would remove the old one and not replace.
I hate shower doors too but I haven't a tutorial on how to convert a stall shower to one that uses a shower curtain.
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Nyc10036 wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 10:13 pm
leeks wrote: Wed Jun 16, 2021 9:27 pm I much prefer a shower curtain. I hate shower doors. If it were me, I would remove the old one and not replace.
I hate shower doors too but I haven't a tutorial on how to convert a stall shower to one that uses a shower curtain.
https://www.google.com/amp/s/www.apartm ... 63%3famp=1

or maybe

https://www.sunrisespecialty.com/how-to ... ower-doors
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I took the sliding glass doors out of one of our bathrooms a few years after we bought our house. They were installed on a conventional cast iron bathtub. The doors were impossible to keep clean and the aluminum frame was worse. I put in a new tub surround and a shower curtain rod and hung a cloth curtain on the outside and a vinyl liner on the inside. The liner goes in the washer when gunky and gets replaced for $5 periodically.
If one didn’t want to replace the walls, there should only be a few screw holes where the frames attached to the walls that would have to be sealed.
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We all know that the shower doors are a pain the butt to keep clean.

Unfortunately the houses in my subdivision all have the sliding shower doors.

Maybe it is my perception, but the glass doors seem more upscale.
The shower with the shower curtain reminds me of showers in my dorm in college. :happy

Since all of this is in preparation for selling the house, I will probably have new shower doors installed and try my darndest to keep them clean in the few months after installation and before sale.
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Nyc10036 wrote: Thu Jun 17, 2021 2:12 pm We all know that the shower doors are a pain the butt to keep clean.

Unfortunately the houses in my subdivision all have the sliding shower doors.

Maybe it is my perception, but the glass doors seem more upscale.
The shower with the shower curtain reminds me of showers in my dorm in college. :happy

Since all of this is in preparation for selling the house, I will probably have new shower doors installed and try my darndest to keep them clean in the few months after installation and before sale.
Makes sense.
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I prefer Koehler to Delta, but whatever.

To clean the old caulk, use a putty knife and plastic/Teflon pancake flipper. The latter only if you are dealing with plastic surface.

Tried Goo Gone, but simple green/orange worked better.

Take your time—this is the worst part of the job.

Buy a new hacksaw and THE BEST BLADES that you can find. New blades can cut the head and foot rails like butter.

You will need an assistant to hold the rails while you cut.

Plumb and level is nice, but the doors have adjustments-so use those to true up the doors to the side rails.

Use clear caulk to seal. Forget all of the “miracle “ products to spread the caulk and use your finger.

Buy two tubes, you will likely waste a LOT.

Practice caulking on the inside of the frame FIRST, before doing the outside.

Use a masonry bit to drill the tile.

It isn’t a bad job, but like most jobs the undo’ing the existing stuff takes more time than installing the new one.
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