Revisiting the dragging shower door problem
My first post four years ago was a solution to the dragging shower door problem. Some airstreamers are fed up with the shower door and have taken it out to put shower curtains. I just don’t like shower curtains… So here goes, pursuing in the path of fixes. Feel free to jump in.
In picture #1 below you can see that the problem I had four years ago was that the aluminum door frame was no longer solidly attached to the wooden frame. There was a 1/4” of movement at the top (shown by the blue arrow) which led to a 1/4” downward movement of the door which wouldn’t properly close. The solution was to solidly screw the aluminum frame back against the wooden frame (green screw) which solved the problem.
Four years later, the door is rubbing again. But the aluminum frame is still solidly attached to the wooden frame. The problem lies elsewhere. In picture #2 below you see there is a horizontal screw (the blue arrow) which is screwed into the top of the glass door frame (the red arrow) and at the head end of that screw there is a hard plastic block (the green arrow) through which the screw passes. This block rests on a ledge and it is this screw with its plastic block that is supporting the glass shower door and preventing it from sagging.
Given that road conditions create earthquake conditions inside our trailers, the heavy glass door’s weight eventually bends that screw and the door sags. Taking out the screw and putting in a new one is one solution, but since I was boondocking I didn’t want to try that without being certain that I had the exact right replacement screw, which I didn’t. So the solution was to turn the screw a half turn. Since the screw was bending downwards, by turning the screw by half a turn while supporting/raising the door with my left foot (the other being in the shower), what was bending down now was bending up, and the door no longer sagged and the bottom door edge became level with the frame once again.
There is no excessive bending pressure on the supporting screw when we are camping; the problem is when we are towing the trailer. To relieve that pressure I needed a wedge to be placed at the bottom of the door that we could add to our departure checklist. Luckily I found a wooden clothespin which exactly fit in width and thickness that I could slip in the bottom door rail and under the door handle (picture #3). With that wedge the door is snuggly kept in place when we travel and when removed while camping, the adjusted screw keeps the door free to open and close without rubbing.
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