Installing Sliding Tub Doors

Installing sliding tub doors makes your bathing space great to look at and also keeps water from spilling out on to the wrong side. You can install the sliding door without much trouble. These are also easy to maintain and due to their designs, they can blend with the bath décor easily.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Measuring tape
  • Tape
  • Hacksaw
  • Pencil
  • Drill
  • Level
  • Masonry drill bit
  • Drill bit-Phillips head
  • Caulk
  • Metal drill bits
  • Phillips head screwdriver
  • Cloth pieces
  • Thinner

Step 1: Measurements

Using the measuring tape, take note of the bathtub length. Measure the tub height from the surround of the tub. From the outer edge of the tub, measure up to the wall, till the top portion of the tub surround. Take the measurements carefully as the doors are to be of this size. The wrong measurements could result in doors that do not fit.

Step 2: Cutting Rail

Now tape the jambs at the sides of the door to the end wall in a straight vertical position. See that the bottom jambs are resting on the edge of the bathtub. Note the measurement between the inside of a jamb at the side, across the edge of the tub, to the inside of the side jamb which is opposite.

This measurement shall be the length to be cut for the bottom rail, on the edge of the tub. Mark the length and cut the rail using a hacksaw.

Step 3: Preparing for Rail Insertion

Place the rail cut out, at the flattest part of the edge of the tub. Leave equal space at both ends between the bottom rail and the wall. Hold the rail firmly and mark out the outside length. Now take the bottom rail off and place it in a corner for later use.

Step 4: Marking Hole Positions

Set a side jamb on the edge of the tub so that the outside part of the jamb is in the same line as the line marked out on the tub, in the previous step. Check if the jamb is at level by placing a carpenter’s level in a way that it is parallel to the jamb. Mark the places where the screw holes of the jamb are on the tub tile.

Step 5: Drilling

Using a variable speed drill and masonry drill bit, make holes for the anchors. Drive in the anchors of the door into the holes and put the jambs in their place again. Finally, insert screws into the holes made. Use the Philips head screwdriver to tighten the screws.

Step 6: Caulking

Take the silicon based caulk and apply it evenly on the under surface of the bottom rail. You will find a groove along the sides of the rail where the caulk has to be applied. Set the rail on the edge of the tub so that its end sits inside the jamb for the wall. The outer edge must be in line with the pencil mark. The rail’s high side should face out. Now, set up the opposite jamb to the wall just like you installed the first jamb.

Step 7: Track Guide

Measure the length of the rail again and divide it by two. At the exact centre part, insert the guide for the track on the rail. Using the metal drill make a hole that is smaller than the track guide screw thickness. Put the guide into the rail and place a screw in the drilled hole. The guide prevents the bottom of the sliding doors from moving out.

Step 8: Top Rail

Measure the length of the tub top from one jamb to the other. Subtract 1/3 of an inch from this length and cut out the top rail, of this measure. Place the top rail on the jambs at the end. Drill a hole through this top rail and end jamb at the sides of the rail. The hole must be smaller than the screw for the top rail. The screws must face the inner part of the tub. Screw in tightly at both ends of the top rail.

Step 9: Final Steps

Slide the door rollers on to the door tops. Screw them up by inserting screws in the pre drilled holes on the rollers and the door top. Now the door is ready to be hung. Install the inside door on the top of the inside rail. Similarly, hang the outer door on the top of the outside rail. Once the rollers are installed correctly, the doors shall get hung easily as they fit in the rail channels.

In the place between the jambs at the sides and the tiles at the tub side, apply an even layer of caulk. See if there is extra caulk; wipe it off with a cloth that is dampened with thinner. Your sliding tub doors are all set!