- Practical advice
- Choose the glass walls
- The installation
- Identify the anchor points
- Drill the tiles
- Fix and stall
- Drill the corners
- Nest and maintain the walls
- Bring the two walls together
- Lay the plastic covers
Hermetically encircling the receiver, the glass walls prevent splashing water and offer optimal comfort. It is a "rich" alternative to the flexible curtain, of a random seal and which, wet, sticks to the skin as soon as it is touched.
To avoid splinters while piercing the tiles, stick a piece of tape around the holes. Drill then at slow speed, percussion disengaged if your drill is provided. Then push in dowels adapted to the nature of the masonry.
Choose the glass walls
In the specialized trade, glass walls of "safety" or synthetic quality are very suitable, at less than 1000 F (152,45 €). Mounted on aluminum profiles, their installation is simple and requires just a little method. The shape and positioning of the receiver determine the type of doors (sliding, folding, swiveling, swinging), as well as access that can be done from the front, at an angle or laterally.
■ Equipped with a 80 x 80 cm sandstone receiver, the model chosen is a corner cabin with two sides of the same width. They each have a fixed wall made of 4 mm thick granite safety glass (white epoxy finish) and a sliding shutter. The panels are delivered pre-assembled with their high and low slides. On the wall side, they fit into a "U" anchored profile, pegged and screwed. Closing occurs in the outgoing corner.
In the present case, two problems arise... On the one hand, the tile has in the upper part a listel having a curved 5 mm. On the other hand, the two walls of the bathroom are not perpendicular which is quite common. Rather than notching the listel (with the grinder for example), it was preferred to insert on both sides, on one of the walls, an aluminum compensation strip 5 x 20 mm in section. Similarly, to correct the lack of squareness, was placed on the other wall wedges
triangular also in aluminum.
■ To the right of the outer edge of the receiver, present on each wall the "U" anchoring profile, supplied in the kit. Check its verticality with the spirit level and locate through its holes (with a felt or grease pencil) the wall mounting holes. Drill with a Ø 6 mm concrete forest (see practical tips).
■ The "U" profiles securely fastened (with stainless steel screws), engage the first glass wall by pushing it all the way. It is held at the top and bottom by a stainless steel sheet screw, which requires drilling holes in
Ø 3 mm at the desired locations. Proceed in the same way for the other wall. Then join the two panels with the plastic brackets provided, which are housed in the hollow of the upper and lower rails. These brackets are locked by means of a short stainless steel screw inserted into a hole (Ø 3 mm) to be drilled transversely in the external uprights. Cover them with the plastic cover also provided in the kit.
■ When closing the movable shutters, the seal is ensured by a flexible seal which is housed in a longitudinal groove. Insert it from the top and slide it down. Finally, lay (on the inside) a bead of satin mastic (preferably white) along the anchor channels and the receiver.
Identify the anchor points
Present the "U" profile directly above the receiver after fixing the aluminum plates on both sides of the listel. Check its verticality and locate the locations of its anchor points.
Drill the tiles
Make sure that the percussion is disengaged before drilling the tiles. Start at slow speed, taking care not to deflect, then gradually increase the pace.
Fix and stall
Insert suitable dowels and fix the profiles using stainless steel screws Ø 4 mm. To compensate for the lack of squareness, triangular wedges are slid under the second section.
Drill the corners
Drill (Ø 3 mm) the top and bottom corners (the frame of the glass walls is not pierced by origin), after presenting the panel in their "U" profile and locating the location of the holes.
Nest and maintain the walls
Fit the walls in their anchoring profile. They rest on the edge of the receiver and are held there by two stainless screws driven into the holes made for this purpose.
Bring the two walls together
Gather the two walls, successively in high and low parts, by introducing the plastic squares in the throat of the sleepers. Then screw them as before.
Lay the plastic covers
Visually extend the slides of the glass walls by covering the brackets with their plastic cover. They arise by simply pressing the palm of the hand.