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Mold We have tackled the mold problem in the tub and gasket pretty well but we can see mold in the door between the 2 panels of clear plastic window. How does this door come apart to get at the mold in this area? Thanks for your help Wayne

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When you open the door note the differences in screws and around the hinge. There are 4 to 6 that hold the inner and outer panel together. the inner panel has the bubble window and the other the outer plastic. Once the screws are out the panels should pop apart, a slight edge holds them and if you want dis assemble the hinge too to make it easier.

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