Preparing the walls

The business of future-seeing is a very controversial one… there are people that claim they see is as clear as you are seeing this article… but I never had a chance to know anyone like them in person, and cannot be sure are they for real future tellers or just a lunatics…

But in the shower door business there are things that everyone can predict. For example, if you install shower door hinges on mare sheetrock it will fail after 10-th door swing. Right?  Right! You would think is a common sense, right? Provide a proper blocking behind the tiles, when building shower door opening? Do you want to know how many times we go to installation to find out that there is no blocking in the walls, where the hinges are going to be?     

Or even worse – there are electrical lines of even a gas pipes behind? That is a recipe for disaster. When planning for shower door keep the following rules in mind. First of all – provide a proper blocking. That means install 2”x4” every where were you thing the glass will touch the walls, curb or ceiling. Behind the tiles, behind the wonder-board.

Well, the curb is must be built on 2×4 on the first place, so don’t forget about the wall jambs and ceiling. The ceiling is important when you are planning to have a “closed above” shower door.     And don’t thing that you can substitute good old 2×4 with something else. Shower doors weight from 80 lb and up – they need good fastening, otherwise soon or later they will pull the screws out the wall and fail.            

Few words about substituting – people are getting very creative when it comes to it. There are known cases when contractors were trying to use foam, for example, instead of 2×4. Believe me, I don’t know what were they thinking and what makes them do so…. But fact is a fact. So, here are the rules:

  1. Provide proper backing everywhere around shower door opening. Much like door casing- top, bottom, two sides.
  2. Don’t pass any electricity or utility pipes, lines, cables, airways – nothing – where the shower door is going to be.
  3. Use proper/ recommended construction materials and don’t try to substitute anything with something. If you don’t know what to do in any particular situation, take a deep breath, pick up the phone and call somebody… And when I say somebody – I mean professional!  Me, for example.