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Old 07-02-2010, 12:17 PM   #1
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figuring out what shower door we need


We're renovating our guest bathroom and need a shower door. We demolished the old bathroom so now it's down to 2X4's. The bathroom is very small and we need to make sure that the door we pick will fit. Also, we want a frameless pivot door since (i) we have too little space for a sliding type; (ii) we want as little framing that would accumulate mold, dirt etc as posisble.

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1. I read somewhere that "The pivot side should be opposite the showerhead". Why is this important? What if it's more convenient for us to have the pivot on the same side as the showerhead?
2. How exactly from the 2X4's are we supposed to measure to figure out whether the door (e.g. http://www.sterlingplumbing.com/show...=-1874245699-0) would fit?
3. I went to HDepot and looked at doors they had on display. They only had a couple of pivot doors shown and all of them seemed very wobbly when I opened them. Is this because the glass was very thin? Would 1/4" thick glass be thick enough to avoid this?

Later I will try to post pix of the what the bathroom looks like now, but I don't have any right now...

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Old 07-02-2010, 03:04 PM   #2
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1. I read somewhere that "The pivot side should be opposite the showerhead". Why is this important? What if it's more convenient for us to have the pivot on the same side as the showerhead?
It really doesn't matter.

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2. How exactly from the 2X4's are we supposed to measure to figure out whether the door would fit?
So.........
It would be helpful for us to know if this is going to be a ceramic tile shower, or what?

Once the wall style is divulged, the door width requirement can be determined. All (most all) shower doors of this type offer a variable/adjustable width so as to fit an opening within range of about 1-1/2". The doors come in several ranges.

Any door found at a home center is going to be of questionable quality. A better bet is to get one from a glass company but you'll pay more.


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Old 07-02-2010, 11:43 PM   #3
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1. I read somewhere that "The pivot side should be opposite the showerhead". Why is this important? What if it's more convenient for us to have the pivot on the same side as the showerhead?
In our upstairs shower we have a pivot door set opposite the shower head as described. DH will turn on the water before he gets in the shower. With our, umm... vintage door, as he gets in most of the escaping spray will hit the glass door, run down into a track along the bottom, and get deposited back into the shower pan. If it was set the other way the escaping spray would simply end up all over the floor.
I suspect this was the theory to your statement, but with the new frameless doors I don't know if it is still relevant.

Plan ahead exactly where the door will swing. When I re-do our shower (soon, very soon) I am going to lose the pivot door as it bumps the toilet.
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