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Old 03-22-2017, 04:03 PM   #1
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Frameless shower door hinges through fiberglass


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I recently remodeled my basement bathroom. My wife now wants a frameless shower door. I purchased hinges, a knob, and seals. I'm waiting to buy the custom glass until I know I will be able to successfully mount the hinges.

My hinges can handle 3/8" and 1/2" glass. 3/8" glass for the opening is going to weigh about 72 pounds. That's about 24 pounds per hinge (they are rated up to 40 pounds each). Each hinge has 4 screw holes. The wall has cinder blocks, 1" insulation, a stud, and then the fiberglass shower (I attached a diagram). It's 3" from the edge of the fiberglass to the stud. The inside screws will need to be angle to hit the stud. The screws will need to have spacer sleeves so that the fiberglass doesn't crush when they're tightened down.

Does anybody have any experience with this? Will screws with that much space before reaching the stud be able to handle the torque? What do I use for spacer sleeves?

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Blocking should have been added behind the wall before finishing.
No way would I have bought the hardware then try to find the doors!
Any real glass company could have ordered you the whole thing made to size.
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Blocking should have been added behind the wall before finishing.
No way would I have bought the hardware then try to find the doors!
Any real glass company could have ordered you the whole thing made to size.
The only blocking is what I showed in the diagram.

Special ordering the glass is not going to be a problem. There's only one glass guy in my town, and he specializes in auto glass. If I go out of town, I will have to rent a truck. I did not order a unit because I couldn't find them with antique brass hardware. The glass is not the issue.

Will screws with that much space before reaching the stud be able to handle the torque? What do I use for spacer sleeves?
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You have to screw it STRAIGHT into wood blocking. There is no other way. Have your wife screw it in, she picked out the Euroglass, she can deal with it when it falls apart and breaks. No professional installer would do that.
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Thank you for the professional advice, but did I do something wrong to be treated so rudely?
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You might need to do another remodel to get blocking in there OR have the Glass Doctor do a custom measure and install for you. It's pricey but worth it. They may have some solutions.
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I think your conclusion is correct. I'm still trying to find a local person to come look at it, but that's hard to get done in my small town. Removing the fiberglass insert to put a block behind it is looking like it's going to be necessary. If I do that, I might as well replace the insert with tile. Thanks for your advice!
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Where's your small town?
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There is a Glass Doctor in Sioux City.
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Here is the last glass job they did for me. I used to use a local glass company but they had bad customer service.

Here it is: http://wp.me/p6B4E8-pfp

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What a great job!
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What a great job!
Yeah, they are the deal in my town for custom shower glass. It's pricey but well worth it.
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