Repairing A Sliding Glass Door Track - When it comes to keeping your home in tip-top shape, nothing could be frustrating than a sliding glass door that will not slip. After all, what is the purpose of owning a beautiful glass door that leads out to a picturesque backyard if the damn thing takes three NFL linebackers to slip it open? So having personally experienced such sliding glass door angst, I decided to write this article to inform you of the number 1 reason why your sliding glass door will not slip - and what you can do about it! The number 1 reason why your sliding glass door will not side is that too much dirt and debris have clogged up the wheels and the course of your door panel. This isn't a hard fix, but because most sliding glass doors are quite heavy, it's best if you have another individual present to help you.
Step one would be to analyze how your sliding glass door is fixed to the monitor. The vast majority of sliding glass doors have a strip that runs along the surface of the framework that holds the doorways in vertical alignment, positioning the wheels to fit neatly within the sliding path. To start, let's use a very simple screwdriver to remove that strip on top. Once the strip is removed, slowly tilt the door from this frame, then eliminate it from the frame altogether. Turn the door on its side and analyze the wheels in the bottom of the door. Remember, some sliding glass doors could be upwards of 90 pounds, so either acquire some help or become quite confident on your physical skill.
Once the door is on its side, it's possible to carefully inspect the wheels and the monitor. Most commonly, you'll discover the wheels are filled with soot and debris, and the track can also be probably quite dirty. To clean the wheels, use compressed air and needle tip pliers. Take care to pull every last hair from the wheel bearings. It is wise to be diligent at this step, so you don't need to make a habit of this process. Once the wheels are completely sterile, spray a little bit of peppermint oil into the wheel bearings, spinning the wheel as you use the oil. (The ideal option for the petroleum is DuPont's Teflon non invasive dry film lubricant.) It is equally important to clean the track that the brakes rest on.
Use damp paper towels to remove the grit and dirt, and then spray the penetrating oil along the track so it's well-applied. While you're at it, clean up all of the "mating-edges" of this door. This is the point where the sliding door meets with another surface of the door frame. A general rule of thumb is to simply wipe down anything that looks dirty. Remember, even when dirt isn't necessarily on the track itself, it may eventually collapse to the track causing your door to require another wipe down. If you become aware of any breeding advantages that feel sticky, have a paper towel and then spray some oil on it, then wipe the oil onto the sticky surfaces. After you have done all this, reinstall the door. You should notice right away that the door is a lot easier to slip, and should require significantly less effort.
When for any reason that the door remains difficult to rollup, it's probable one of these reasons: either your brakes are burnt out, or your sliding glass door is sitting too high on the track and is thus hitting the upper plate of the door frame. |} If your brakes are burned out, sadly, you are going to need to call the production of your sliding glass door and ask new wheels. If on the other hand, your door is hitting the upper plate of your door frame, you can correct this by finding the screw holes in the very bottom of your sliding glass door. On most sliding glass doors, there are two screws that could be turned using either a flathead screwdriver or an alan wrench. Switch to the right to raise the door, or switch to the left to lower the door.