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red86yota 02-25-2009 09:31 AM

wobbly shower wall
Hi, I'm looking for tricks on how to improve the stiffness of a short shower wall. The wall is about 22" wide, by 6'6" high and does not go all the way to the ceiling. I plan on hinging my glass shower door from this wall, so it needs to be stiff. Other than taking the wall all the way up to the ceiling, are there some tricks I can use to stiffen it up?

Thanks in advance!

TazinCR 02-25-2009 09:38 AM

Post some detailed pictures if you can.

red86yota 02-25-2009 09:43 AM

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sorry, I should add that the wall comes out perpindicular to the bathroom wall. Here's a sketch of the short wall I'm talking about...

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Termite 02-25-2009 10:49 AM

You could run your studs down through the floor and attach them to blocking nailed between the floor joists. That's the only way I know to stiffen a wall that isn't full height. If your wall lands directly on a joist (parallel direction), you're out of luck. I don't think it will work good enough to hang the door off of anyway.

I've also seen elaborate heavy gauge welded steel skeletons incorporated into the wall and floor system beneath in an effort to stiffen a kneewall.

Angle brackets on the floor won't do it, I promise.

If the glass door has to hinge on this wall, I'd seriously recommend reconsidering not taking the wall to the ceiling. Glass doors are heavy and place dynamic loads on a wall, especially a wall that isn't secured at the top. Even if only two or three studs go all the way up (right above where the hinges mount) you'd completely and adequately stiffen the wall.

red86yota 02-25-2009 10:56 AM

yeah, I'm thinking I might just have to take the wall all the way to the ceiling. thanks for the input.

Mop in Hand 02-25-2009 11:02 AM

A sheet of plywood 3 1/2 " wider than the short wall, covering the short wall and a stud placed in the other wall, along with a metal L bracket on top.

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