• Facebook
  • Twitter
  • YouTube
  • LinkedIn
  • Pinterest

Tools of the Trade

Learn what tools the professionals use, and tips for proper use.

Power Drill:

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.

Vacuum Cup:

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.

Miter Saw:

Generally used for cutting metal an installer would need for an on the job project.

Glass Cutter:

Used for scoring annealed glass. Commonly used by glass fabricators to create detailed mirror and shower designs.

Razor Blades:

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.

Setting Blocks:

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 Pencil:

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.

Drop Cloth:

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.

Measuring Tape:

Measuring Distances

Drill Bits:

Used to create holes in metal or wood to ensure accurate installation.

Masonry Drill Bit:

A masonry bit creates holes in tile to aid in securing down wall jambs, clamps or hinges.

Caulking Gun:

Tool used to apply silicone to prevent the shower enclosure form leaking water from its edges.


A clear sealant used by installers.


This tool is used to clean up burs on cut aluminum, steel, or plastic.

Rubber Mallet:

Used to hit surfaces without breaking or damaging the material