small waterproof doors?

Discussion in 'Shower & Bathtub Forum & Blog' started by SuperSewist, Mar 5, 2006.

  1. SuperSewist

    SuperSewist New Member

    Feb 25, 2006
    I have a new crazy idea. Glass shower doors seal watertight, right? So if that method were used on a small door, say, like a cabinet door, that would be watertight also, right?

    Where I'm going with this is to build a cabinet/shelf that opens into the left (back) wall of an alcove tub surround. Currently I have a 60" RH tub alcove with a 15" wide and 36" deep cabinet to the right. I'd like to deconstruct the whole thing and move the cabinet to the left (exterior wall) so that I can have a second shower head on the back. Plumber says "No Plumbing On Exterior Wall". The new tub will be a not-too-fancy air or jet soaker whirlpool, still in the deciding stage on that. But, I *could go with a 66" tub, there is enough room. but then the cabinet will be only 12" wide. It's bad enough at 15" to get to the back. So I thought, how could I make it so the doors open to the tub? I think I would make it so that about 20" would still open to the front with regular doors, and then just at the top, the back 16" would open to the tub with a waterproof door. I love an adventure, especially if it is clever :D I'm thinking it would be unlikely that it would get opened when the shower was running. Mostly it would be stuff that doesn't get used so often, like the vaporizer and hot rollers.

    Open to ideas; hate to loose any storage space. I'll post this over to too and see what the tile guys (& gals) come up with.
  2. Gary Swart

    Gary Swart In the Trades

    Sep 1, 2004
    Yakima WA
    Actually, shower doors do not "seal" watertight. The water just runs down the glass door and into the track at the bottom and then it drains into the tub or shower pan. The edges overlap and since the water is not under real pressure, it doesn't escape around them.
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  4. jimbo

    jimbo Plumber

    Aug 31, 2004
    San Diego, CA
    Many things are "rain-tight" . An example is the cover of a circuit breaker panel mounted outside. They are not gasketed. They have flanges designed similar to the shower door situation, so that rain water drains around the door, and cannot leak in. The only catch with a sliding door like a shower is that the overlap must be in the right direction. If you have shower heads shooting from all directions, there is a potential for leaking.
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