Re: Shower door lubrication?

Discussion in 'Misc DIY' started by Cash, Nov 23, 2008.

  1. Cash

    Cash Guest

    Muddymike wrote:
    > We have a sliding shower door, only 3 years old which does not slide
    > nicely. It is a simple aluminium runner affair with no rollers. At
    > times it screeches and at best it scroops. If we get hold of the door
    > above half way up it also jams when opened. Gripping the handle below
    > the half way point is the only way to ensure it does not jam.
    > I tried lubricating the runners with silicon grease but this results
    > in greasy black gunge running down the glass. SWMBO want me to change
    > the doors but as they are tiled in with the tiles covering the screws
    > that hold it together this will mean major work.
    >
    > Any suggestions of a lubricant that will make them run more smoothly
    > and not produce the black greasy stains?
    >
    > You can see the offending doors here,
    > http://share.ovi.com/media/Muddymike.Housechanges/Muddymike.10480?sort=5
    >
    > Mike


    Mike,

    Is there any adjusting mechanisms on the door to lift it off the bottom
    guide rail.

    Cash
     
    Cash, Nov 23, 2008
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    BigWallop Guest

    "Cash" <.............\\@...............//.com> wrote in message
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    > Muddymike wrote:
    > > We have a sliding shower door, only 3 years old which does not slide
    > > nicely. It is a simple aluminium runner affair with no rollers. At
    > > times it screeches and at best it scroops. If we get hold of the door
    > > above half way up it also jams when opened. Gripping the handle below
    > > the half way point is the only way to ensure it does not jam.
    > > I tried lubricating the runners with silicon grease but this results
    > > in greasy black gunge running down the glass. SWMBO want me to change
    > > the doors but as they are tiled in with the tiles covering the screws
    > > that hold it together this will mean major work.
    > >
    > > Any suggestions of a lubricant that will make them run more smoothly
    > > and not produce the black greasy stains?
    > >
    > > You can see the offending doors here,
    > > http://share.ovi.com/media/Muddymike.Housechanges/Muddymike.10480?sort=5
    > >
    > > Mike

    >
    > Mike,
    >
    > Is there any adjusting mechanisms on the door to lift it off the bottom
    > guide rail.
    >
    > Cash
    >

    That was my thought too, but these doors should have nylon feet that allow
    it to slide in the runner. I wonder if they have slid to one end, or even
    fallen out and are lying about in the guide rail somewhere.

    A metal to metal to runner will never work. Honest.
     
    BigWallop, Nov 23, 2008
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    Xenon Guest

    Have you tried 'KY' jelly

    Has stopped many things sqeaking ;-}
    >
    >
     
    Xenon, Nov 23, 2008
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  4. Cash

    Xenon Guest

    or even squeaking

    :-{
    "Xenon" <> wrote in message
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    > Have you tried 'KY' jelly
    >
    > Has stopped many things sqeaking ;-}
    >>
    >>

    >
    >
     
    Xenon, Nov 23, 2008
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  5. Cash

    BigWallop Guest

    "Muddymike" <> wrote in message
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    > "BigWallop" <> wrote in message
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    > >
    > > "Cash" <.............\\@...............//.com> wrote in message
    > > news:...
    > >> Muddymike wrote:
    > >> > We have a sliding shower door, only 3 years old which does not slide
    > >> > nicely. It is a simple aluminium runner affair with no rollers. At
    > >> > times it screeches and at best it scroops. If we get hold of the door
    > >> > above half way up it also jams when opened. Gripping the handle below
    > >> > the half way point is the only way to ensure it does not jam.
    > >> > I tried lubricating the runners with silicon grease but this results
    > >> > in greasy black gunge running down the glass. SWMBO want me to change
    > >> > the doors but as they are tiled in with the tiles covering the screws
    > >> > that hold it together this will mean major work.
    > >> >
    > >> > Any suggestions of a lubricant that will make them run more smoothly
    > >> > and not produce the black greasy stains?
    > >> >
    > >> > You can see the offending doors here,
    > >> >

    http://share.ovi.com/media/Muddymike.Housechanges/Muddymike.10480?sort=5
    > >> >
    > >> > Mike
    > >>
    > >> Mike,
    > >>
    > >> Is there any adjusting mechanisms on the door to lift it off the bottom
    > >> guide rail.
    > >>
    > >> Cash
    > >>

    > > That was my thought too, but these doors should have nylon feet that

    allow
    > > it to slide in the runner. I wonder if they have slid to one end, or

    even
    > > fallen out and are lying about in the guide rail somewhere.
    > >
    > > A metal to metal to runner will never work. Honest.

    >
    > The action has been rough right from new, I did wonder if the builder that
    > installed the door forgot to put in some kind of nylon runners. The white
    > coating on the bottom runner has now worn off leaving bare aluminium and

    the
    > action is worse than ever. The annoying thing is I can't even take the dam
    > thing out without destroying the tiles, and probably a lot more as it

    looks
    > like the plaster board under the tiles also went in after the door frame.
    >
    > Mike
    >


    Maybe a piece of plastic, cut to fit inside the bottom runner, would help.
    I'm thinking of the lid from cable trunk or the like. Measure the inside
    length and width and find a find a piece of trunk lid that will fit tight.
    Lift the front edge (open edge) of the door and slide the plastic
    underneath, then tap it down into the runner.

    It might help the sliding action and it will certainly protect the runner
    and door from more damage. And, call the fitter and ask if he left anything
    out of the cubicle. Maybe because he didn't know what it was for.

    Good luck with it.
     
    BigWallop, Nov 23, 2008
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  6. Cash

    BigWallop Guest

    "Xenon" <> wrote in message
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    > Have you tried 'KY' jelly
    >
    > Has stopped many things sqeaking ;-}
    >


    It doesn't stop her indoors from squeaking. No matter how much we use. :)
     
    BigWallop, Nov 23, 2008
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  7. Cash

    Abbot Guest

    ..
    ..
    >> >> Muddymike wrote:
    >> >> > We have a sliding shower door, only 3 years old which does not slide
    >> >> > nicely. It is a simple aluminium runner affair with no rollers. At
    >> >> > times it screeches and at best it scroops. If we get hold of the
    >> >> > door
    >> >> > above half way up it also jams when opened. Gripping the handle
    >> >> > below

    >

    ..
    ..
    ..
    Is it possible to use a couple of wheels about 1" dia. (acquired from a
    kiddies toy, tyres removed) as runners on the top rail of the shower
    compartment?
    A cranked bit of aluminium (or even waterproofed wood) to hang the sliding
    door to wheels?

    Regards,
    A
     
    Abbot, Nov 23, 2008
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    gazz Guest

    "Muddymike" <> wrote in message
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    > The insert would have to be very thin as the door only lifts about 2mm.
    > Also the bottom rail of the door it "T" shaped with the leg of the "T"
    > guiding the door along a slot in the track. The top is the same but
    > reversed. I guess it was just a crap door.


    it certianly sounds like the wheels the door slides on are either missing
    from when installed, or have worn down/broken, and the door is now trying to
    slide on the runner.

    had a wheel break on a patio door once, and it sounded just like you are
    describing this shower doors action.

    might be time to bite the bullet and take the damn thing out, going to be a
    bit of work, but at least you will know what's wrong and can fix it, that's
    gotta be worth the reduction in ear bashing from the wife every time she
    uses the door :)
     
    gazz, Nov 25, 2008
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