Archive for February, 2012

Getting it Done Right the First Time

I have to redo my shower enclosure because the installer did not waterproof the wall and it started leaking into the basement. My question is how do I remove the glass? Use a knife and cut the seams, or is it a special too that I need? I looked on you blog and didn’t see this answered. …I have to take to doors out completely to repair the shower because the installer didn’t waterproof and after 15 years the wood under the tile was all rotted.

Any help would be appreciated.





This is a serious issue, and needs to be addressed. I am always hesitant to talk about how badly a shower enclosure installation can turn out if done incorrectly. I never want people to think that I am using scare tactics to make a sale. Any time a customer tells me that another company has given them a much lower bid for a project, I have to wonder what corners they plan to cut in order to do it for so little.

I had 20 years of experience in the commercial glazing (glass) industry before I started Showcase. I have seen all types of glass systems, and a wide variety of problems. A water leak is one of the most common, and potentially serious issues in the glass business. Water has an amazing ability to penetrate even the smallest opening. Once water finds its way in, it will increase over time. The result is rot, mold, rust, etc.

Bathroom renovations can be very expensive. You don’t want to have to do it twice. There are a lot of areas where you can save money when doing your bathroom remodel. If you buy inexpensive fixtures, they will be easy to replace when they wear-out in a few years. A shower enclosure is not. Don’t compromise on your shower glass. A frameless enclosure can last 20 years, easily! Budget enough to buy a good shower door from an expert installer. It may save you a BUNDLE in the long run.



Using Adheasive to Attach a Shower Door Handle


We have a rental with a handle that has come off an 18 year old glass shower door. One end is bolted on the frame of the with a single bolt and the other end was glued directly to the glass with what appears to be a HS double sided 1.5″ diameter clear tape. The handle has separated from the glass leaving the impossible to remove HS tape on the glass and the handle hanging.

Three questions:

1) Can another HS double sided tape be placed over the top of the old tape, which is smooth and unscathed, on the door with out loosing strength ?

2) Where can I find this tape, numerous phone calls here in San Jose have revealed that no one here has any idea of what I’m talking about?

3) Is there an alternative method of removing the old double sided tape from the glass and gluing the handle to the glass, if i can’t get the tape?

Thanks in advance.

Cheers, Doug


Hi Doug,

If it were me, I wouldn’t bother trying to replace the hi-bond tape. It will end up being more trouble than necessary. There are some great adhesives available… some are made especially for the purpose of gluing metal to glass. The “Lock-Tite” company makes some that are activated by ultraviolet light, and are widely used in the industry. In your case, the most simple and economical way to approach it would be to do one of two things:

1) Go to the hardware store and find a repair kit for gluing a rear view mirror on to a windshield. This is an excellent way to buy a small amount of the same adhesive that the automakers use to attach rear-view mirrors. It’s great stuff.

2) Try some of the fast curing two-part epoxy that is available. It also will be just fine for your particular application. Just read the instructions to make sure that it works on glass and metal, and do the necessary preparation proscribed by the manufacturer.

Good luck with your home project!


DIY – Why Not Give it a Try?


We have a 5 yr old sterling shower door that has some mold growing under the clear seal that holds the glass in the aluminum frame.  I was thinking of taking this apart (it has screws in each corner holding it together) and cleaning it.  The gasket looks ok.  My question is, is the gasket reusable, and if not, where could I buy one?  Would I be ruining the integrity of the door by taking it apart?  When I bought it, the panel came sealed and assembled. Thanks!



Hi Pete,

If your door is only five years old it is probably in good enough shape to survive being disassembled and reassembled again. Generally, the gaskets hold up well, and can usually be reused. If for some reason you are unable to make the old gasket work, I’m sure you can contact the manufacturer of the shower door and order a replacement part. Sterling is a Kohler company, so you should have no problem getting help from them, if you need it.

Best of luck!