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Old 08-23-2015, 08:05 PM   #1
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Fix shower door catch - ball is stuck - failed spring?


Hey folks,

1st time poster, 1st time homeowner here.

My shower door doesn't stay closed. (Funny that it did during the open house.)

It looks like the ball in the shower door catch is stuck in the depressed state. Now I'm depressed too. How does this work? Is there a spring behind it that failed?

More importantly, how do I go about fixing this?
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:02 AM   #2
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A picture might help----I've never seen a mechanical latch on a shower door--just magnetic.
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Old 08-24-2015, 07:20 AM   #3
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Sounds like a spring loaded catch. Try shooting a lubricant into the latch mechanism. Spray silicone or white lithium grease to see if it releases the ball. If not, the spring is probably broken behind the ball.
Are there screws on the latch you can remove? If there are, take them out and look at the mechanism. Careful to not lose any parts and keep track of how it went together. If the spring is broken, get one to replace it. They sell bags of springs online. I bought one when the spring in my Andersen screen door broke.
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It looks like I'm too new to posts links, unfortunately.

Here's an unlinked link: s1192.photobucket.com/user/honestabe20/library/ShowerDoor
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Looks like a friction fit ball latch. It's pressed in place and held there by the door frame.
These can be a little tricky to remove. Wear leather gloves doing this. Using a knife blade, get behind the flange and gently pry it out a bit. Then go to the opposite side and do the same. Work your way around the perimeter until it pops out.
Hopefully this is a serviceable unit and can be repaired.
Take some photos of it when it's out.
You can also put another device on the inside to do the job of keeping the door closed if the latch issue can't be repaired.
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Yikes. That sounds beyond my level of skill / risk.

I guess I'll try to find another way to keep this closed. I was thinking of using magnets, but the door itself isn't magnet-izable.
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Yikes. That sounds beyond my level of skill / risk.

I guess I'll try to find another way to keep this closed. I was thinking of using magnets, but the door itself isn't magnet-izable.
It doesn't have to be. Just attach a magnet(this will rust over time if not painted) to the inside of the door(at the top corner) Then attach a metal bar(painted so it doesn't rust) to the top of the frame inline with the magnet
You can also use a brass barrel bolt on the inside of the door.
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Peal and stick rubber magnets (sold in rolls ) can be used---look at the shower door displays --most use them---then ask where the replacements are kept.
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