While some cracks in shower doors are so large and unseemly that the only option left is immediate and complete door replacement, others are small enough that you can ignore them until bigger problems develop with the glass. If you've decided to replace your shower door's handle but there's a small crack in the glass right next to it, caution is key. To help you with your handle replacement job without aggravating and widening the crack, use these three tips.
Put Both Your Knees On Either Side Of The Door
To decrease the likelihood that random glass chunks fall out of the crack when you're applying force to the door handle you want to dislodge, hold it between both of your knees to anchor it in place and sit on a small box. As long as the box is full and made of strong plastic or cardboard, you shouldn't have a problem reaching the handle while you keep the shower door steady.
Instead of just making contact with the sides of your knees, straighten out your legs as much as you can so that as much skin (or pants fabric) is hugging the shower door glass as possible. This will make it much harder for you to lose control and accidentally send the shower door flying in one direction because you dropped a tool or screw.
Apply Oil To Screws Before You Start Removing Them
Since most shower door handles grip the glass immediately around them so tightly, you need to do everything you can to avoid a sudden jolt that will sent shock waves toward the crack. Rusty and aging screws are a major danger here because they often won't move unless you dig into them and twist really hard with your screwdriver.
Therefore, before you begin to remove the screws on the handle you want to replace, drench them all in a small amount of all-purpose oil. This is especially important for the part of the handle facing away from the shower because the screws on it get soaked in water less often.
Put Sideways Pressure On The Crack Area When The Old Handle Is Off
When the old handle is removed, any crack centered near the empty hole is very likely to expand quickly because the weight of the glass has nothing to fall and steady itself on. To mitigate this problem put a few fingers in the hole and apply some pressure to the side of it that's nearest the center of the crack. If you're worried about cutting your fingers, wrap them in a paper towel or two. Do this right up until the moment that you can press the new handle into place.
For further assistance or glass replacement, contact a local outlet, such as South Jersey Glass & Door.