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Old 05-13-2013, 11:54 PM   #1
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Nice looking "walk-in", "curbless" shower has an issue... the gap under the frameless shower door is:

A) not consistent, varying from 9/16" on one side, 13/16" in the middle, and 11/16" on the other side
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B) larger than any sweep I can find.
C) allowing water to leak out under the existing, totally ineffective, standard sweep.

Here are the options I see... and would like to hear others:

1. The "Fill the gap with flange" option: I could find a sweep that had a 7/8" flange(s) and I could trim the sides to fit. So far I cannot find such a sweep. Max flange is 9/16" on the ones I have found. Does anyone know of a sweep with a long flange? Or perhaps I could modify an existing sweep by gluing a longer flange onto an existing sweep?

2. The "Level the floor to the standard flange length" option: Form a level "curb" with grout or ? on top of the existing (uneven) tile that will make the gap even and shorter to accept a standard sweep... this might be functional but will look and feel terrible to walk across.

Smarter minds are beckoned to assist.... thank you for your time in advance.


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Old 05-14-2013, 12:49 PM   #2
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Yeah, a pic would really help.

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Here's a photo of the existing gap
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Old 05-15-2013, 04:43 PM   #4
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Typical problem for a frameless shower door. The tile guys do one job and the shower door guys do the other. More pictures would be helpful. Where is the drain? Do you have access from below? I would put a drain across the floor on the inside of the stall. I ave gotten more call backs on those frameless shower doors than about anything I can think of.
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Thanks for responding. The photo above is taken from the outside of the shower. The drain is a round drain that sits center, next to the back wall, pretty much under the shower head. The floor is appropriately canted.... if I were to run the shower with no one in it all the water would drain as it should. The problem is that as water falls on a body, it is deflected in all directions, one of those being towards the door, and since there is a significant gap left open by a sweep that doesn't meet the floor, that water pools out under the door.... every... time... someone... showers.
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Nice looking "walk-in", "curbless" shower has an issue... the gap under the frameless shower door is:

A) not consistent, varying from 9/16" on one side, 13/16" in the middle, and 11/16" on the other side
(SEE PHOTO BELOW)
B) larger than any sweep I can find.
C) allowing water to leak out under the existing, totally ineffective, standard sweep.

Here are the options I see... and would like to hear others:

1. The "Fill the gap with flange" option: I could find a sweep that had a 7/8" flange(s) and I could trim the sides to fit. So far I cannot find such a sweep. Max flange is 9/16" on the ones I have found. Does anyone know of a sweep with a long flange? Or perhaps I could modify an existing sweep by gluing a longer flange onto an existing sweep?

2. The "Level the floor to the standard flange length" option: Form a level "curb" with grout or ? on top of the existing (uneven) tile that will make the gap even and shorter to accept a standard sweep... this might be functional but will look and feel terrible to walk across.

Smarter minds are beckoned to assist.... thank you for your time in advance.
Hey Ellkay,
Thanks for submitting your question. I found you a CRL Clear "T" Type Shower Door Bottom Seal and 1" Wipe on Amazon . Honestly, I think it'll bring you endless maintenance issues.
If you stand by your statement that water flows well inside the shower to the drain and not under the gap at the bottom of the frameless door, than the person in the shower simply diverts more water onto the door and therby assists the water to "escape" at the big gap. Have you simply tried to divert the water away from the shower door? Many exist but I like this one for your situation.
Please keep us posted as to your resolution and how it worked out.
Good Luck!
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In fact, the sweep you link to (photo attached) is very similar to what I already have on the door! See the black vertical line marked 3/8"? If that were about 15/16", we'd be good to go.
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This looks like exactly what is on the door... the problem being that the little double vertical flanges on the bottom are about 3/8", and my gap is as mentioned above
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How about taking something like this and bonding it to the tile with silicone? This particular trim is actually aluminum carpet edge. With the convex shape that tapers down to the tile, I would think that you would hardly notice it as you walk into/out of the shower. Its wide enough that you can get enough adhesive contact surface that it should bond pretty well.
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a puddle is always going to be there. Water setting on the floor is never good. Consider another floor drain. http://www.schluter.com/7957.aspx

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