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I recently had shower glass & door installed - but the shower door hinges have their screws (ones that go into the tile wall) are screwed in at an angle, so they do not sit flush against the hinge.

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All the screws are this way except the center one, I am wondering if this is normal?

I asked the guy who installed it, he said it is purposefully done that way so that it would be able to withstand the weight of the glass door.

Some details of the project:

  • This is a torn down to the studs kind of project
  • There are double studs behind the tile where the hinges are
  • The door is a 90 degree door

Any of you know if this is normal?

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  • Ask the installer to show you the documentation that says that angled is the proper way to install them. Better yet get the install PDF first so you can call his bluff.
    – Alaska Man
    Feb 2 at 4:50
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    I would say that it's a perfectly normal thing to do when one has pre-drilled pilot holes in ceramic tiles, yet has gotten their location just off. This saves the effort of pulling the tiles off the wall, retilling and redrilling. It is not however, something that should be done by a professional installer who values his reputation.
    – FreeMan
    Feb 2 at 13:02
  • You added more info. Is there more you want to ask other then is it normal?
    – Alaska Man
    Feb 2 at 18:58
  • It is disappointing to have the screws off angle, but probably it will not affect the operation of the door over its lifetime. The screws will probably not loosen with use. I would use it and see what happens. Do you know where the doubled studs are in relation to these screws? Did the glass installer know there were double studs there? What is the hortrizontal distance between the screws? Feb 2 at 19:26
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    So is the lateral horizontal distance between the screw holes less than 1 inch? Possibly, the holes are designed so that they could fit either into a single 2x stud (1.5" across) or into doubled studs. With the right tools and skill I think it would be possible to remove the angled screws one at a time, insert a dowel to fill the angled holes, then drill holes perpendicular to the wall. But this could go wrong and I advise you to try to accept this poor workmanship unless you find the screws loosening over time. Feb 3 at 17:05
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Any of you know if this is normal?

I would say not normal.

Looking closely at the photos i would say that if the manufacturer had wanted the screws to be at an angle then they would have set the countersinks in the brackets at that specified angle so the heads did not stick out proud of the bracket, They did not. The countersinks are straight so therefore one can assume that the screws SHOULD go in straight.

I would surmise that the installer is feeding you a line to cover his mistake.

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Any screw installed at an angle will not be able to handle the sheer load vertically of the weight of the shower. Once it loosens and it will it will pull at a much greater rate too. Just no way.

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If this was a retrofit, and the bathroom hasn't been torn down to the studs, my guess is that this is just how things worked out.

Probably the location where the door needed to be installed aesthetically or to make the shower leak-proof was ever so slightly NEXT TO the stud. It looks like there is one screw more towards the center of the hinge, which looks like it goes in straight. The other ones probably had to be angled slightly in order to hit the stud, or they would have just gone into drywall and wouldn't be doing anything at all really (other than probably pull your tile off the wall).

If you were fully redoing the bathroom, including removing drywall, there would have been an opportunity to place more solid blocking where the hinges needed to go, but if that wasn't the case, the next base thing would be doing this, over having the screws not hold the door up at all.

You haven't given us many details about this project, so this is just a guess of course.

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  • I apologize - I added more details of the project. Feb 2 at 18:51

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