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PostPosted: Tue Apr 04, 2017 8:34 am    Post subject: My Shower Guard Reply with quote

I have a glass shower guard some three feet high which affixes to the wall perpendicularly at the shower end of the bath. In order that the seal be watertight the horizontal base of the guard is fitted with a rubber strip which buts against the side edge of the bath in a very tight fit. It's new and is quite difficult to move across the bath top [it is hinged so it can be pulled out/pushed back across the bath] and I worry that pushing/pulling it might loosen it's fixings at the wall.

The hinge appears to be a vertical bar inside the chrome trim, and the whole assembly seems to be fixed to the wall by two fixings within the guard. Assuming this is so can anyone tell me where is the best place to apply pressure to the glass edge when moving the door? The two options as I see it would be either at the very bottom corner of the guard, where the rubber seal is most resistant to the turning moment - or between the two wall fixings some half-way up the door? Bear in mind the object is to reduce the torque placed on the wall fixings so as not to loosen them - and it is perfectly possible that this might be the same irrespective of where the pressure is applied to the door.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 13, 2017 10:13 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It sounds like it's safest to move the door at the bottom corner of the guard, from your description.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 4:02 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks Hurn - that's where common sense would seem to indicate and where it simply 'feels' best. I expect it will ease with time, but for the moment I'll treat it with a bit of care.
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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 1:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

It should make logical sense as well. If you push at the top, the resistance at the bottom will tend to twist the door. If you push at the bottom, there is no resistance at the top, so less twist.

As these things go, the door may be screwed into a stud in the wall, in which case I really wouldn't worry about it at all. Or it was a hasty add-on which is mounted only to the wall board and the concern of wiggling loose is valid. This latter case may be a bit improved if it is mounted on tile.

The best thing to do, however, would be to carefully trim the rubber strip so that the resistance is minimal. Water isn't being forced into that seal, it's just a drip seal, and by and large it would work just fine if it barely brushed the edge of the tub.

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PostPosted: Fri Apr 14, 2017 6:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

In fairness the fitters we're good quality guys so I suspect they will have done a secure job - but I am a great believer in not pushing your luck if it can be avoided! Wink
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PostPosted: Sat Jun 24, 2017 6:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

peter wrote:
In fairness the fitters we're good quality guys so I suspect they will have done a secure job - but I am a great believer in not pushing your luck if it can be avoided! Wink



This makes perfect sense to me! Thumbs Up
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