Replacing Shower Door Drip Rail
Level of difficulty: Easy
Estimated time taken: 30 minutes
- Measuring Tape
- New gasket
- Warm soapy water
Step 1: Remove old drip rail
- Examine the drip rail you are replacing to establish whether it is held in place by screws, adhesive, or both.
- Turn the screws with a screwdriver until you can easily remove them.
- Scrape as much adhesive as possible off the glass with a putty knife.
- Grasp the shower door drip rail at one end and pull it free
Step 2: Compare
- Ensure your new drip rail is the same length as the old drip rail
Step 3: Clean
- Thoroughly clean the area around the drip rail on the shower door.
- Apply hot soapy water, rub it vigorously with cleaning rags, and rinse it with clean water.
- Allow the shower door to dry completely.
Step 4: Install new drip rail
- Remove the adhesive strip on the back on the shower drip rail
- Press firmly into position on the door
- Ensure that the drip rail is in it's special groove if there is one
- Reinstall any screws you removed
Regrout and Recaulk your shower
Level of difficulty: Moderate
Estimated time taken: 1 day
- Grout remover
- Razor blade
- Scrub brush
- Shop vacuum
- New Grout
- Plastic putty knife
Step 1: Remove old caulking
- Removing caulking is fairly easy, it's just tedious
- Use a razor blade to get under the caulking and you should be able to pull it out with your fingers
Step 2: Remove all grout
- Using a grout remover, remove all group from the shower
- This is a fairly touch job and will require some patience
- Vacuum up grout remnants as you go
Step 3: Bleach
- Mix a little bit of bleach and water into a bucket
- Use a scrub brush and dip it in and scrub any areas where the grout was that appear to be moldy or contain mildew
- It wont hurt to go over anything that is a darker color
Step 4: New grout
- Mix your grout according to instructions
- Apply grout with your plastic putty knife
- Use your fingers when necessary to push in any grout
- Prepare for quite the mess
Step 5: Clean up
- Use a wet sponge to clean up any group on the face of your tiles