For a more elegant look to your bathroom as well as more practical, you can install a glass tub enclosure for your bathroom. It will be easier to clean as well as more convenient. There are only a few simple procedures to get the job done.
The anatomy of glass tub enclosure
A typical glass tub enclosure consists of a frame and consists of sliding panel doors which slide on rollers. The frame will include of side jambs, a tub track, and a header bar, which will be sealed against the tub rim with a flexible strip made of vinyl. The tempered glass of the tub sliding panels, and they may have towel bars for convenience, will ride inside the header bar on adjustable rollers and will be held in the tub track by a panel guide for sturdiness. The bumpers will keep the panels from hitting the jambs to hard causing damage.
Cutting the pieces for the tub enclosure
You will need to measure the tub rim between the two side walls, and then subtract one sixteenth of an inch to help avoid too tight of a fitting. Then mark the tub track to this length. Next you will cut the tub track with a hacksaw by using a miter box to make sure you get a square cut. To measure for the header bar properly, you will set one of the jambs on the tub rim up against a side wall and then mark the wall at the top of the jamb of the tub enclosure. Next you will mark the second wall the exact same way, they you will determine the distance between the two marks that you have made earlier. Then you will subtract one sixteenth of an inch and cut the header bar to that exact length. Now you will smooth the cut edges of both of the pieces with a metal file.
The fittings for the tub track
Make sure to center the tub track on the rim of the tub, and with the tall flange toward the room. Next mark the position of the track on the tub rim with non- permanent marker or grease pencil. If the enclosure kit that you purchased includes the vinyl sealing strips, you will need to press them onto the flanges on the underside of the tub track. Next thing is to trim off any of the excess with a utility knife. If you purchased a kit with no vinyl strips, then you will apply a bead of silicone caulk alongside the edges at the bottom of the tub track. Make sure to set the track on the tub rim that is between the marked lines. Then secure it in the proper place with masking tape until both of the jambs are installed correctly.
Marking the walls correctly
To do this you will need to place a jamb at one end of the tub track so that the slot that is in the jamb will go over the track flange properly. Next adjust the jamb against the wall with a leveling tool to get it to stand upright. Then you will mark the wall through each screw hole. Make sure to set the jamb aside till you need it later. You will then repeat the process for the facing wall with the other jamb. Now you will drill some holes at each of the marks for the fasteners. If a stud is present behind the wall you will drill three thirty two inch pilot holes for the wood screws. You will use larger holes for hollow wall anchors, and you will use carbide tipped bit for ceramic tile. Now you will put the bumper in the proper place on one of the jambs, then place the jamb on the track as you did before. Next fasten the jamb to the wall. Make sure you do not install the other jamb yet.
The completing of the frame
Place the bumper on the unattached jamb and then set the jamb aside for later. You will then slide one end of the header bar into the top of the already installed jamb, inserting the bar into the jamb’s T shaped fitting. Make sure to angle the free end of the bar just slightly outward and then connect it to the T fitting that is on the unattached jamb. You then want to gently lift the bottom of the jamb into the proper place on the tub track and then fasten the jamb to the wall. Now you can remove the masking tape from the tub track, now that the tub track is held in proper place by the jambs.
The hanging of the panels
You can put the panels in place now that the frame is installed. First place a roller in each of the diagonal slots at the tops of the door panels. Make sure not to tighten the roller screws yet. You need to hold the inner panel with its rollers facing toward the tub. Then lift the panel to set the rollers over the lip of the header bar that is inside the flange. Now go ahead and install the outer panel so that the rollers will rest on the outside flange of the bar. Next slide the panels against the jambs. If by chance the panel doesn’t slide freely and smoothly or doesn’t hang straight, you will need to adjust it by removing the panel from its frame and then shifting the position of one or both of the rollers that is within the diagonal slots. Now tighten each of the roller screws and then re-hang the panel.
Attaching the hardware correctly
To secure the panel guide to the tub track so that it will retain the bottom edges of both panels, you need to attach any accessories that came with the kit, like if towel bars came included. Lastly apply a thin bead of silicone caulk where the frame meets with the tub and also the walls. Next smooth the caulk if necessary with your finger that is dipped in liquid detergent. Then let the caulk cure and dry overnight before you use the tub.