Examining Sliding Door
What is a proven step by step method to remove a large/heavy sliding glass door so I can see why it doesn't slide?
Your sliding glass doors have roller adjustments on them. Depending on the manufacturer they can be on the sides of the frame or on the bottom rail of the door.
Generally, you take a screwdriver to raise or lower the door for maximum slide ability/squareness/etc..
This may be the problem, just raising or lowering the rollers so that the door operates freely...It is also the method used to remove the sliding door. Lower the rollers all the way then lift the door from the bottom and swing the bottom out over the track.
If the problem is with the rollers themselves and this an an old door (over 15 years) its most often better to replace the doors than to try to fix the rollers.
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Leaking Sliding Deck Doors
I have a sliding deck door in my third floor condo. When it rains against my deck doors I get water leakage on the floor under my carpet in the lower left corner facing the outside doors. The leakage occurs on the stationary side of the door that does not slide. I have tried to slide this stationary door after I removed the jamb hardware, but could not move it. I thought it might break, I put a lot of pressure on it to move it anyway, I get water inside when it rains, I think the jamb needs caulking, how do I stop this or remove the door.
I can't tell about the door not moving. There may be a block installed in the track to hold it in place or it may not be on rollers at all.
As for the leakage, yes, caulk around the outside of the door, around the frame. Also, check the bottom track. There should be holes to drain any water in the track. Make sure the holes are free of dirt so any water that collects in there drains out on to the deck.
Squaring a Sliding Glass Door
HELP...we installed a new sliding glass door today to replace our old door that leaked. The new door bows slightly and won't shut right. How do we square a sliding glass door?
How does it bow? If the top or bottom don't make contact with the door jam, you need to square those up. The frame the door is in is probably not 100% square. But the frame of your door needs to be. Unfasten the door jam from the wood frame again. Then you need to square it up and refastened it. Make wooden wedges from scrap wood to vary the distance from the door jam to the frame until it is plumb (straight up and down) You see depending on how the wood was bowed, you can easily pull your doors jam out of square. With the wedges (shims) you can allow for the variance in the wooden frame. You can probably put the door into the track and use it to square up the frame. I am reasonably sure the door is perfectly square.
I am purchasing a house with 14 sliding glass doors and it they are on the upper floor, the
man who built the house was planning to put a deck the length of the house but died before
finishing, I have a 1 year old and I need to find out what to put in the openings when the doors are
open to keep the baby from going through the screen, I have looked at Plexiglas but it is $26 for a piece for a 2'x4'x1/4, for that price I would rather finish the deck, but for now I need a quick fix..
Easiest solution is to make sure the locks are working and install wooden dowels behind each sliding panel (the kind you put in to discourage thieves).
There are also metal bar attachments for sliding patio doors that serve the same purpose.
Either way, they don't allow these doors to open without first removing the bar or dowel.
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