shower door hacksawWhen you are installing a shower door set, you will need to cut the track to fit in the opening. I wouldn’t use a pair of snips to cut it though as they are aluminum and not meant to be cut with the squeeze of the hand (I’m not sure anyone has the strength for that).

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Instead, use a hacksaw. These have a moderately aggressive in cutting, yet they give you plenty of control over the cut. That means the blade won’t wander off of the cut and as long as you are careful, you will get a nice square cut.

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Use the old carpenter’s rule of measure twice and cut once. You will need to cut the top and bottom tracks but not the vertical supports. I usually cut the channels or tracks with the walls facing up. That way I can visualize a 90-degree cut and since I only have to cut through two thin walls, it is a pretty quick cut. Move your arm like a machine would. A straight back and forth movement keeping the blade as vertical as possible will yield the best results. Once you get down to the base of the track, the cutting will dramatically slow down because you are cutting through more material.

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