Sliding Glass Door Wheels

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Old 12-10-03, 10:20 AM
OklaHOMER
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Question Sliding Glass Door Wheels

I'd like to change the wheels on my sliding glass patio door; it's very difficult to open and almost impossible to close. It seems that the door is hard to get out of the track. Is there an easy way to do this or does anyone know the "trick" to it?

Also, are the wheels easy to find, like at Home Depot or Lowes, etc.?
 
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Old 12-10-03, 10:33 AM
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Most sliding doors have the rolling panel on the inside. You have to take the fixed panel off the outside first and the rolling panel lifts up and swings outward that way. The sill is higher on the inside to prevent water from coming that way and the panels normally won't clear it......there are some exceptions to that, Andersen Frenchwood doors being one, but it also has a removable strip at the top to release the panel......but if it's your standard cheapy aluminum door, that's how it works most likely.

Also, if the rollers are shot, you ought to look close at the bead they roll on....lot of times it's gouged or worn also and new rollers won't help that much.....You "might" wanna just spring for a new door.

Sometimes you can find aftermarket hardware at the bigbox stores...if not, try

www.swisco.com
 
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Old 12-11-03, 12:21 AM
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OklaHOMER,

Andy and I seem to agree more than we disagree -- but that makes life interesting for both of us!!

SOME sliders are made so that you have to remove the stationary panel in order to get the sliding panel out. OTHERS are made so that you simply lift the sliding panel and swing it into the room. You'll have to look at YOUR slider and see just what you are dealing with!!

If you can open the sliding panel about 90% of the way open, lift it and swing it to remove it, do so. Then you can pop one of teh roller assemblies out, take it to a local glass shop and get replacements. (Whatever the roller on the left side is, the right side will be EXACTLY the same!!) And while you're at the glass shop, buy a "snap cap" that will snap in over the guide in the bottom of the slider's frame for the wheels to roll on. This stainless steel cap will go right over the aluminum track in the threshold of you slider frame. You'll just a block of wood and a hammer to "snap" it in place.

If your local glass shop can't match up a set of rollers for you, then by all means -- Swisco.com!
 
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Old 12-11-03, 02:35 PM
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Wonderful advice from both of you and thanks! We'll try these suggestions and I'm now officially hooked on these forums!

Coincidentally my name is Andy and I'm a lefty too! HA!
 
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Old 12-11-03, 03:20 PM
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Ahhhh......then you are doublely blessed.....or cursed, depending on your perspective....ahahahahahaha

Andy From Tennessee ........where it didn't get about 29 degrees today........brrrrrrrrrrrr
 
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Old 12-11-03, 11:14 PM
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OklaHOMER,

Glad to hear that you are "hooked" -- And like Andy said, you're either doubley blessed or doubley cursed -- either way, WE GOTCHA!! Jsut don't tell the powers that be -- there are rules against humor in these forums. (I think they might just be making an exception to the rules for Andy and I, ((Maybe they just consider the sources??)) or else they just haven't noticed.)
 
 

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