Tools of the Trade
Learn what tools the professionals use, and tips for proper use.
The Power Drill is used for drilling into Tile and Metal. The Drill can also be used with specialty bits to grind, polished and drill holes into Annealed glass. (Note: Tempered glass can not be cut or holed drilled into it. The glass will shatter)
Screw Driver Set:
This tool is used to tighten down wall jamb screw, clamp screws, hinge screws, and enclosure screws. The most commonly used screw driver is a #2 head, while a #3 head is best for heavy glass hinges and clamps.
One tool an installer can't live without. The level is used to ensure proper installation of glass and metal, keeping plumb, level, and square.
The vacuum cup is one of the most "Handy" tools an installer has at their disposal. When properly used this tool allows one to lift glass into place with extreme precision.
Generally used for cutting metal an installer would need for an on the job project.
Used for scoring annealed glass. Commonly used by glass fabricators to create detailed mirror and shower designs.
An extremely useful tool, razor blades are carefully used by installers to clean tape or other sticky substances off of glass. It is also used for cutting vinyl, setting blocks, tape, etc.
Used in a variety of shapes, sizes, and widths setting blocks provide installers with a soft surface to help set glass into its desired locations. 1/16", 1/8", and 1/4" are typical width sizes. They also provide the ability to adjust plumb, level, square.
Always leave a shower clean. A brush or vacuum helps in the cleaning process. It also aids in preventing dust from getting caught in wet or fresh silicone.
Wax pencils are recommended because they are not permanent and will not stain most surfaces. An installer would use these to mark holes or level lines.
A drop cloth will help prevent scratching on surfaces in the work area. It also allows the installer to have a surface to place metals to prevent scratching as well.
Usually made of wood or plastic, shims are generally long and the height is tapered from 1/16"-1/4" to help the installer shim the glass up or down by moving the shim closer or further from its highest point.