glass on bathtub
LesleyNovember 26, 2012
Just wondering if there is a lot of spillage of water out the bathtub or is the glass partition enough

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building Lab, inc.
hi lesley,

perhaps surprisingly, there is little or no spillage of water outside the tub - and i don't think we are unusually 'neat' showerers. we have built this detail on several projects and find that 36" of glass is adequate for containment. in order for the tub to be used unobstructed, the larger piece of glass (30-36") swings. it is hinged to a ± 6" fixed piece.

thanks for asking
3 Likes    Bookmark   November 28, 2012 at 4:00PM
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thanks for getting back to me
    Bookmark   December 1, 2012 at 9:58AM
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I love this but have a question. How do you reach the faucets to turn on the tub? We used a glass wall in a shower "only" and want to do it in our other bathroom with a tub/shower. My question gets in the way of going ahead. Thanks.
Manitoba, Canada
    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 8:25AM
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building Lab, inc.
hi pattticc,
a close look reveals that there are actually 2 pcs of glass. a ±6" fixed pc attached to the wall and the larger hinged pc that provides the containment of water. swinging the glass panel out allows access to the valves without stepping in the tub. using the fixed pc glass positions the hinge point in front of the tub spout and controls. this allows the glass to 'close' tidily across the tub.

another technique that we use more often than not (and that i would highly recommend) is to locate the valves on the long wall out of reach of the shower spray - just make sure that the tub is narrow enough to comfortably accommodate your reach. you can find a shower stall example of this idea in out 'sf victorian goes modern' project (

thanks and good luck
2 Likes    Bookmark   September 20, 2013 at 12:23PM
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Thank-you for your thorough response. With a swinging glass "wall" , does the glass tighten securely along the tub to hold back the spray when showering. I am assuming it does but what is used along the tub...magnetic? Rubber?
Again, thanks.....Patti
    Bookmark   September 22, 2013 at 10:15AM
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building Lab, inc.
hi patticc,

there is a 'sweep' or gasket along the bottom edge of the door that both contains the water and is snug enough that the door stays in place. this is a standard detail typical to most shower doors. your local shower door installer with know exactly what it is. (we buy ours from CR Laurence)
2 Likes    Bookmark   September 23, 2013 at 10:40AM
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Thank-you so much for the has helped me make some decisions....p
    Bookmark   September 28, 2013 at 6:25PM
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