Frameless shower door gap by hinge

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Old 06-02-17, 02:41 PM
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Frameless shower door gap by hinge

We have a gap on the shower floor by the hinge in our frameless shower door and water flows right out onto the floor. Please help! A little background.. moved in about a year ago. The old owners clearly never used the shower but did install door sweeps at our request prior to closing. They also had a glob of caulk by the shower door hinge that was unsightly and getting moldy and dirty. This weekend we recaulked the shower floor and removed the moldy glob of caulk by the door hinge. Lo and behold it was there for a reason... to stop water from flowing right onto the floor. Due to the hinge I don't think a vertical sweep can fit there or solve the problem. Any advice would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 06-02-17, 03:05 PM
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Welcome to the forums! You may be able to tape off the outside of this gap with exterior blue tape, very snugly, then use clear silicone on the inside, tooling it slightly. Once it has had time to fully cure, you can remove the tape on the outside and you should have a good seal. It must be perfectly dry in that area for the silicone to work.
 
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Thanks so much! Major novice question . .. What does "tooling it slightly" mean?
 
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Old 06-02-17, 04:32 PM
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Take your question to a local glass shop and explain it to them. You need a side sweep to prevent water from betting by on the area where the glass on the door meets the glass panel to the left. They may be able to supply you with a replacement.
 
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Old 06-02-17, 05:10 PM
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Ouch! My bad. that metal is a movable part. You won't be able to use silicone in the gap. You'll need to find a gap filler or "feather" as Chris mentioned since the hinge pivots.
 
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Hmm.. thanks Chandler & Czizzi. Hopefully a local glass shop can help. Do you think something like this might work? I'm just afraid it won't be narrow enough to fit all the way down to the bottom next to the hinge. We have a side sweep now that is attached to the door. I believe the sweep in the link is angled, and thus can most likely fit on the fixed panel.. would that potentially work?
 
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