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Old 12-04-2009, 07:28 PM   #1
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Kohler shower door, tolerances, not sure which size to pick

Greetings, I'm a somewhat knowledgeable DIY'er working on the finishing touches to my first basement bathroom remodel and am having trouble deciding what size shower door I should pick because my walls aren't quite plum. I'm hoping there are some people out there who have some experience in this area. It's a small shower that will have a pivot style door.

We've picked out a Kohler pivot-type shower door, K-702400 or K-702402:

The tile is already set. The width of the opening, of where the shower door would go, is 29 7/8" at the bottom and 30 3/8" at the top. Kohler has 2 different size doors that would sort of work. The smallest one has a tolerance for openings ranging 28 3/4" to 30 1/4". The next biggest one ranges from 30" to 31 1/2".

As you can see, if I go with the smaller one, my opening at the top is 1/8" too big. If I go with the bigger one, my opening at the bottom is 1/8" too small.

I hope I'm just being overly anal here, but I've gone this far with the remodel that I don't want to screw the finishing touches up.

Any suggestions? Does anyone here have some experience with these types of doors? Are they really serious when they say what their ranges are? My gut tells me I should go with the smaller door and figure out some way to shim it if I have to. If I do have to shim it somehow, any suggestions? Maybe pop off a couple/few tiles and re-apply them with a bunch of mortar behind them so they stick out just a little bit?


PS we're pretty much set on that door. we got an early christmas gift of a nicely sized gift card to Lowes, so we're limited to what they sell and my wife really wants that door. It will take almost a month for them to get it in so I really want to get it right the first time.

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Old 12-04-2009, 07:35 PM   #2
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i agree with your gut, go with the smaller one.

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:08 PM   #3
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From the ones I've installed, yes they are pretty close to the size recommened. I would say go with the smaller one. Do not shim it. Asking for water leaks. You just may get that extra 1/16 needed on both sides, most have adjustable channels. A slightly larger gap where they door closes would be more acceptable than trying to shim anything.
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