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Question DetailsAsked on 12/3/2015

glass shower doors making clicking/ticking sound.

clicking/ticking has been going on for weeks. for a while, thought it was electronic air cleaner zapping..discovered it was the shower doors. have tried to tighten the screws I could find..tried some wd40 on rollers. Help..driving me crazy...afraid the doors are about to fall out?

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I would use ear or stethoscope (about $10-15 at pharmacy/box store) to track down the EXACT source point - if the door slides freely, I would say it would be the frame creaking due to settlement of the tub/shower or because its support at the wall is poor (not good), the glass thermally expanding and contracting in the frame, or general settlement of the shower.


If this is a new install, go back to the installer about it - or the General Contractor if it was installed as part of a GC's overall remodel job.


If coming from bottom track, was it caulked in place - or maybe thermally expanding and contracting and creaking along the shower base/tub surface ? If so, then removing and caulking as it should have been (to prevent noise and leaks) would be the proper solution. You might try some silicone lubricant or WD-40 to seep in under the track and lubricate it but no promises regarding staining or possible chemical damage to the finish, and without the caulk (unless it has a compressible silicone gasket) is likely to leak.


If coming from the mounting at the wall post, ditto on the caulk (or compressible gasket, if so fitted). Also, if one of these screwy two-sided door corner units that cantilever the top support off the wall with no corner posts, that design is a fail from the start - you have to put in a hook or eye at the free corner (placed so as to not interfere with door closing or door seals) and suspend it by chain or such from a hefty ceiling hook (more than the lightweight pot metal plant hooks) bolted into the joist above.


If coming from the glass/door frame, then ditto on spray silicone sealant (WD40 will probably dissolve the gasket) - could be creaking in the gasket as it expands and contracts - or someone left the gasket out. Glass should be embedded in a U-shaped gasket that fits into the metal frame.


I this is occurring long (say an hour or more) after a shower, so not thermal expansion/contraction, I would be looking for gaps or cracking around the shower due to settlement of the shower base/bathroom subfloor.


Or remotely possibly, especially if frameless glass unit, the glass is cracking where the hinge/suspension points are fastened to the glass - use a magnifying glass to see if it is starting to crack there, which would likely be a design or manufacturing flaw so a warranty issue.


If unable to sovle yourself, then a Ceramic Tile, Remodeing - Kitchen and Bath, or possibly (depending on experience) handyman would be your Search the List category. Or if frameless glass, then a Glass and Mirror contractor - the first named categories usually do not mess with frameless units because of the extreme cost if they are broken, which is easy to do in removing/installing them.

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