Angle shower enclosure. Bath Remodel:

Installing A Neo-Angle Shower:
Part 3 - The Glass Enclosure

 
In This Article:

The metal and glass shower enclosure is assembled against the base and wall panels that were installed previously.

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Skill Level: 3 (Moderate) Time Taken: 1.5 hours

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Continued From Part 2:

Shower base and surround after installation. The shower base and sides had already been completed.

 

I laid the base track on the base to determine it's position. This product requires a small gap between the base track and the wall, so the side rails can fit in between.

 

The same thing, viewed from farther away.

 

My helper held the side track (which is a piece of aluminum channel) in vertical position so I could mark the locations of the holes.

 

I drilled holes and installed plastic drywall anchors.

In spite of my efforts to provide a stud for attaching the side track, I somehow managed to miscalculate. Drywall anchors are adequate according to the manufacturer... I just prefer to build things extra-sturdy if possible. My suspicion is that the silicone caulk provides more bonding power than the drywall anchors anyway.

 

I applied a bead of "Kitchen and Bath" silicone, which has anti-mildew additives, to the side track. The bead of caulk was applied just inside of the edge of the metal, to minimize the squeeze-out.

 

The attaching screws were driven in.

 

The first glass panel was set in place...

 

...and attached with the short screws provided.

 

After the second glass panel was installed, I set the top cap in place. 

 

But:

At the right-hand side, the holes lined up...

 

...and at the left hand side, the holes do not line up.

I had to drill a new hole in the top cap so I could attach the two pieces.

This slipshod level of quality is far too common in the residential building products industry. I could rant for hours on this subject, but my time is limited.

The door is held in place with a steel pin. The pin was slipped into a plastic bushing in the bottom track.

 

Then the door was slipped onto the pin.

 

At the top, another pin was inserted through the top cap, into the door.

 

Silicone caulking was applied along the outside of the base track. The manufacturer recommends not caulking along the inside of the track, so that stray drops of water may drain back into the basin.

 

The side tracks were caulked along the outside as well.

 

The completed enclosure.

 

The neo-angle shower is quite large, with plenty of elbow room, yet it only takes up 38" along each wall and does not dominate the small (5' x 8') bathroom.

 

More Info:

See the Shower Surround installation.

See the Base installation.

Index of Plumbing articles.

Tools Used:

  • Cordless Drill/Driver
  • Hammer
  • Phillips Screwdriver
  • 24 Inch Level
  • Caulk Gun

Materials Used:

  • Shower Enclosure Kit
  • Kitchen/Bath Silicone
  • Stainless Steel Sheet Metal Screws

 

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