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The 8 inch handle of the frameless glass shower door is lose, wiggles and pops into the glass on the outside. The glassman just took off 2 little screws but said it it is rusted in place and wionf come off. Do I retro fit with rubber gaskets or get it off and replace????

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  • Mike Pliskin May 04, 2010

    but the glass expert said the material is rusted so wont work. I cant even find enough gap to allow the allen wrench and screws back in but mind u i have never used tools before. ru sure i shouldnt find a way to get the handle off and replace with new one and hardware. Isnt silicone like glue or caulk and can be a pain down the road????

    Your answer sounds doable if it is done very right. So far I have formated cotten and earplug pieces around the gaps for a temporary fix to calm down the slippage. I am thinking the right rubber gaskets ( washers) that are made to fit around an installation like a handcuff, that r the exact thickness and diameter and material needed would be a fair fix.

    Please remember I am a novice, but if the muscular window guy couldnt get it off, I dont want someonelse trying and busting the glass saying oh well.

  • Mike Pliskin May 04, 2010

    waiting for my fixit expert

  • Mike Pliskin May 04, 2010

    please see previous information

  • Mike Pliskin May 06, 2010

    SCREWS ARE OU REAL LITTLE ONES .... HANDLE WILL NOT BUDGE OFF. wHERE CAN zi GET RUBBER WASHER OR GASLET THAT WILL BE IN HALF FOR INSERTING THEN BACK TOGETHER-LIKE HANDCUFFS i QUESS

  • Mike Pliskin May 06, 2010

    SEE MY REPLY

  • Mike Pliskin May 07, 2010

    yes but how do i get the screws back in and why as thehandles are wobbly but nit comimg off at all.

  • Mike Pliskin May 07, 2010

    UR HOSTILE AND ABUSIVE 2 BOTH MYSELF AND THE REPAIR MAN. I CAN'T SEE HOW THEY LET U WORK THIS SITE

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Much better to get it off, use brass screws and apply either a rubber gasket or use silicone around the edges of the handle to prevent water entering between it and the glass.. Screws can be drilled out if careful , without breaking the glass, just don't press too hard, or get someone to support the other side whilst you drill the heads out


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  • dennis bullard May 06, 2010

    hello again.

    Muscle usage on trhis task are not required and have no bearing on skill and ability to assess it for the most simple approach. Gentelness is the key to success here.
    You need a battery driven drill, or an AC power drill that has speed control. A fine drill bit that will match the screw size you want to drill out. Drill the heads of the screws to destroy them. That should allow the handle to remove itself , then if any residue if the screws is left, use a oair of pliers to rotate the shank of the screw to remove it, if it sheers off use the drill to remake the hole .

    Packing it out between the glass and the handle base is OK as is the use of silicon, Silicon scrapes off glass and there are removers to deal with silicon when needed. There is a waterproof variety by SELLEYS that is best to use in showers etc. Howevere replacement is the better approach and finish
    The job you need done is a straight foreward one and almost any handy man could do this. You dont need and expensive muscular musclehead to do this well.

    Cheers


  • dennis bullard May 07, 2010

    You must appreciate that i have no picture of this item to work from, thus to provide the answers to all your quiestions is nigh on impossible. I can only guess that the screws go either into a receiving plate that is on the other side(inside of the screen) or that they terminate in some type of pre drilled and threaded hole if some type.

    I understand by your description that the screws are loose and therefore there is some slack to allow the handle to move around. By cutting or drilling off the head of the screws, this will allow the main part of the faceplate and handle to be removed from one side. The other side should now drop off or require a tap to allow the shank of the screw ( now minus the head) to be also be separated from the screen.

    If the remaining screws have rusted to the base them replace the base or take it to a garage and ask for the mechanoic to see if his "Easy Out" tool can remove the rusted screws, left in the backplate. Pre spraying with rust remover will help to loosen the corrosion and make them easier to be removed.

    Beyond this advise, I am unable to assist as it's like flying blind to try and cover the subject accurately without seeing it But let me say this, It is not impossible to fix or remove rusted screws. perhaps you should call a real repair person in your area, not just someone who is over muscled and too dim to know how to remove rusted screws as part of his trade training.

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  • dennis bullard May 07, 2010

    Sorry if it sounded hostile, I was trying to convey to you that you were being misled by this repair person. For any handyman this would be a straight forward job with the right tools. I have out lined the tools t5hat would or could be used. I could even add a hacksaw blade ( not in the saw, but just using the blade) inserting it between the glass and the handle and working it back and forward till it cut through the screws.

    Remember we are trying to see what you are and often that is difficult, when in replying to your explanation you do not understand what we are trying to convey to you. I still suggest that you approach another handyman or shower fixer to address this situation as it is not unfixable, but does require the tools and the patience to remove it

    As for being allowed to work here? I don't! We are all tradespeople who volunteer our time The only paid people are the owners of this site. We are here because we like to help those in difficulty save themselves from the often overpriced repair companies who fail to offer alternatives other than total replacements of reather than do dimple repairs.




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Well I would try to save the money,,

  • get new screws same size!!
  • get 4 o ring rubbers (same size of the handle)
  • get 1 tube clear silicon.
  • I guess you see where this is going..
  • stick the o rings to the base on the handle on eighter side..using the silicon (as less as possible)]
  • screw them back up..

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  • Rishi Roshan Ali May 04, 2010

    the orings is rubber seals that will take up the slack space.. buy them from any auto shop..

  • Rishi Roshan Ali May 07, 2010

    any auto part store will have o rings.. or rubber seals.. but remember that this will make it a bit thicker so you will need longer screws..

  • Rishi Roshan Ali May 07, 2010

    its still held in place by something.. eighter a stuck seal or a screw....

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