moulding arond sidelite cracked

Old 03-28-06, 02:27 PM
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moulding arond sidelite cracked

hello all, I have a 3'0 aluminum entry door wih sidelights on either side. My problem is the door faces west and the plastic moulding which holds the sidelites in place is cracked and warped. I have tried glueing it back but the warpage is too severe. Definitely needs replacing but I can't find anyone to purchase it from. Tried the local home depot and Lowes with no luck, did some web searches to no avail.

Maybe I'm not using the correct words when searching? I don't know who supplied the original door but I can't seem to find anyone who can tell me where to get replacement plastic moulding. Seems like this plastic holds the sidelite in place and the interior piece is screwed to the exterior piece.

Old 03-28-06, 04:27 PM
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Hal: Finding the door's manufacturer can be a bear sometimes, and not knowing that information, you will have a difficult time finding an exact replacement. I have removed side light windows as a unit (using the screws you mentioned) and replaced the trim molding with wood, but be aware the glass part itself is somewhat narrower in both dimensions than the overall opening. The plastic is extruded with a lip to hold it together. It is generally not a problem as long as you support the glass on all edges before installing the final trim piece. And doing it vertically poses its own challenges, and may take the help of another person so you won't bonk your head with the glass.
Old 03-28-06, 06:00 PM
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Take a look at Therma-Tru's website page on glass lite frames. This is typical of most doors and I think most manufacturers use the same moldings & dimensions.

I posted the above recently and the person was able to get the molding complete with the glass.

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