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Some DIY Solutions To Common Shower Door Maintenance Issues


A mobile home has to remain mobile. One cannot afford to ground it with repeated repair works. One of those fixes includes the shower door – be it sliding, swinging or a bathtub. The positive, however, is that this is one problem that does not involve too much work and most people wish to tackle the problem at the spot to avoid spending much. So here is a lowdown on shower door repair options available to you:

1) When the frameless door becomes loose and leaks.....

One of the most common problems with a frameless swinging shower door is that it will start opening in both directions or water will start leaking from under the threshold. Both these problems have one simple solution: invest in a sealing agent.

a) Stick some at the point where the door meets the threshold to block it from opening in one direction. So that the door opens only in the direction of your choice.

b) Take some more sealing agent to seal the joints between two panes of glasses from where water is leaking.

c) Check the frame of the shower cubicle that holds the door for cracks and seal them to stop water from escaping.

d) Now leave the shower dry for a few minutes till the sealing agent dries up.

2) When the sliding door jams....

If the shower has a sliding door, there is a good chance of it getting stuck and losing its smooth glide. This could happen for a number of reasons.

Check for the following:

a) Use a cleaning agent, such as an all-purpose cleaner (that can be bought for about $150, to clean the channel on which the door is sitting. Often grime and soap settle on the track leading to the rail getting jammed.

b) There are little metal balls or wheels under the door that helps to glide the door on the channel. Minerals from the water and rust from the damp could eat into these balls, which results in preventing the balls from rolling smoothly.

c) In this case, it is best to replace the old balls with a new set, for a price of $1.50 each approximately.

d) To prevent grime and scum build-up, it is a good idea to apply a lubricant on the metal parts once a month.
 

3) Treating rust on the hinge.....

Rust and other forms of sedimentation can make the hinge that holds the door unstable. The best way to deal with this is to replace the hinge. New hinges would cost about $15 a piece at your local hardware. Follow the instructions on the pack to fix the new set. The steps usually include:

a) Unscrew the old hinge.

b) Carefully prop the glass door against a wall, preferably with another person’s help.

c) Place the new hinge against the door and with your helper carry the door back to the shower stand.

d) Screw in the new hinge as your helper holds the door in place.


4) Realigning the door.....

One of the reasons for the shower door not closing properly and clicking shut is because the door was not aligned when it was fixed for the first time.

a) The only option, in this case, is to simply unscrew the door hinges and take the door down with a helper.

b) Then, match the alignment of the threshold of the shower cubicle with the door frame and screw it back in place.

c) If you still feel there are alignment issues and water is leaking out, use a sealing agent that you can buy for less than $10 approximately to block the gaps.

5) Lime scales on the surface....

As shower doors are mostly made of glass, lime scaling on its surface is a common occurrence. Similar sediments also settle on the surface of the bathtub. Over a period of time, this can not only make your shower look visibly dirty and unkempt, but can also cause serious health hazards. Use a cleaning agent at least once a weekend to keep the surface clean and healthy.

You can remove lime scales from doors with a solution of vinegar and water.

6) Shattering of the glass door.....

The only way to deal with this is to visit your local hardware for a replacement door. Make sure the dimensions of the new door matches the space left vacant by the older one. This could be relatively challenging as transporting the glass door can also involve a high cost, along with the $500 to $1500 you would pay for a regular shower door.


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