Pivot door designs and configuration of the pivots can vary by manufacturer. For example, the pivots may be installed one above another on a wall jamb or with a pivot on the threshold and another pivot on a header that runs across the top of the shower entrance. This project guide is for a shower door with pivots that install on the threshold and at the top of the wall jamb. Installation instructions vary widely with different makes and models of doors, so be sure to follow any manufacturer-supplied instructions. If you want to install doors that slide on tracks, called bypass doors, refer to our Installing a Bypass Shower Door project guide.
• If your shower has a difference in width of over 1/2″ between the top and bottom of the enclosure, you
may need to contact the manufacturer for a matching filler strip to make the door square.
• Remember this important rule for measuring: “Measure twice, cut once”.
• Make sure the door has room to swing open without hitting any obstructions. Hold one end of your tape
measure where the door pivot will be located and “swing” it open.
WHAT YOU NEED FOR THIS JOB:
Step 1: Measure and Cut the Threshold Track
|Note: For some fiberglass or acrylic shower enclosures, the non-hinge side of the threshold track may need to be rounded by filing it to fit.1. Remember this important rule for measuring: “Measure twice, cut once”.2. Measure the wall-to-wall length of the threshold at the center of the enclosure|
ledge. Subtract the manufacturer-specified length.
3. Transfer this measurement to the threshold track.
4. Carefully cut the threshold track with a hacksaw. Use a miter box to ensure a
5. Smooth the cut end with a file.
Step 2: Attach the Pivot Bracket to the Bottom Ledge
|1. Apply silicone sealant to the inside edge of the pivot side of the bottom ledge.|
2. Slide the pivot bracket onto the bottom ledge and secure it with screws.
3. Check to ensure the silicone sealant completely fills the area between the pivot
bracket and the bottom ledge.
Step 3: Install the Threshold Track
|1. Clean the threshold thoroughly with rubbing alcohol.|
2. Apply a bead of silicone sealant around the entire bottom edge of the threshold
3. Position the threshold track with the high side of the track located towards the
4. Apply a bead of silicone sealant along the entire edge where the bottom track
meets the wall.
5. Wipe away any excess sealant.
Step 4: Position the Pivot Wall Channel
|1. Position and center the pivot wall channel on the bottom track.|
2. Place a carpenter’s level against the wall jamb and adjust it until the wall piece is
3. Use a pencil to mark the mounting hole locations on the wall.
4. Repeat this process for the wall channel on the opposite wall.
Step 5: Drill Holes for Wall Anchors
|Drill at the marked mounting holes.|
1. Put an X of masking tape over the tile to keep the drill bit from wandering
over the surface. You can still see your pencil mark beneath the tape.
2. Use a center punch to nick the glaze as a starting point for drilling, being careful
not to crack the tile.
3. Use a ¼” masonry drill bit to drill the holes.
4. Tap wall anchors into the holes with a hammer.
Use a 1/8” drill bit to drill the holes. Wall anchors are not required.
Step 6: Install the Pivot Wall Jamb
|Note: If a wall filler strip is needed, position the wall filler against the|
wall behind the wall channel and secure both with screws.
1. Attach the remaining pivot bracket to the top of the wall jamb.
2. Position the wall jamb with the bottom pivot bracket on the threshold track.
3. Secure the wall jamb to the wall with screws, being careful not to overtighten.
4. Place the nylon bushings on the pivots
Step 7: Install Pivot Clamps on the Door
|If not already attached, fasten the top and bottom pivot clamps to the door. Be sure any adjustment screws are positioned correctly so the door can be adjusted after installation.|
Step 8: Install the Door on the Pivot Brackets
|1. If possible, have a helper help you lift the door.|
2. Guide the door up and into the top pivot bracket, then down and over the nylon
bushing on the bottom pivot bracket.
Step 9: Install the Magnetic Jamb
|1. Install the magnetic jamb on the opposite side wall channel.|
2. Adjust the door using the adjusting screws until it rests flush against the jamb.
3. When properly adjusted, tighten all screws, being careful not to over tighten.
Step 10: Complete Your Project
|1. Attach the seal strip to the bottom of the door and cut it to the required length, as|
2. Place the glass clamp sweep into place on the door’s bottom edge and secure it
at the door clamp.
3. Place end caps on the tops of the wall channels.
4. Attach the door handles and any towel bars.