Hafele Glass Sliding Door Lock - If 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 having a beautiful glass door that leads into 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 notify you of the number 1 reason why your sliding glass door will not slip - and everything you can do about it! The number 1 reason why your sliding glass door will not side is that too much debris and dirt have clogged the wheels up and the track of your door panel. This is not a difficult fix, but since nearly all sliding glass doors are rather heavy, it is best if you have another person present to help you.
Step one would be to examine how your sliding glass door is repaired to the monitor. The vast majority of sliding glass doors have a strip that runs across the surface of the frame that holds the doors in vertical orientation, positioning the wheels to fit neatly over the sliding path. To start, let us use a simple screwdriver to remove that strip at the top. Once the strip is removed, slowly tilt the door out of the frame, then remove it out of the frame completely. Turn the door on its side and also examine the wheels at the base of the door. Bear in mind, some sliding glass doors could be upwards of 90 lbs, so either get some help or become quite confident in your physical ability.
Once the door is on its side, it's possible to closely inspect the wheels and the monitor. Most commonly, you will find the wheels are full of soot and debris, and the track is also probably quite filthy. To clean the wheels, use compressed air and needle tip pliers. Take care to pull every last hair out of the wheel bearings. It is wise to be diligent at this step, so you don't have to make a custom of this process. Once the wheels are completely sterile, spray a little bit of peppermint oil to the wheel bearings, turning the wheel as you use the oil. (The best option for the oil is DuPont's Teflon non invasive dry film lubricant.) It is just as important to clean out the track that the brakes rest on.
Use damp paper towels to remove the grit and soil, and then spray on the penetrating oil across the track so it is well-applied. While you're at it, clean up all the "mating-edges" of the door. This is where the sliding door meets with any other surface of the door frame. A general rule of thumb is to just wipe down anything that looks filthy. Bear in mind, even when dirt is not always on the track itself, it can finally collapse to the track causing your door to need another wipe down. If you become aware of any mating edges that feel tacky, have a paper towel and then spray some oil on it, then wipe out the oil onto the tacky surfaces. When you have done all this, reinstall the door. You should notice immediately that the door is a lot simpler to slip, and should require significantly less effort.
If for any reason that the door remains difficult to rollup, it is probable one of the following reasons: either your brakes are completely burned out, or your sliding glass door is sitting too high on the track and is thus hitting on the top plate of the door frame. |} If your brakes are burned out, unfortunately, you'll have to call the manufacture of your sliding glass door and ask new wheels. Switch to the right to lift the door, or turn to the left to lessen the door.