Sliding Door too small

Old 03-03-07, 03:58 PM
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Sliding Door too small

We recently moved into a house with a wonderful set-up in the basement for a home theater, but with a very narrow sliding door. We cannot fit our big screen or couch through the opening. We are able to easily lift the slider out to give a few more inches, but have been unable to find a way to remove the stationary door. Can this be removed without taking out the whole frame??? It is a milgard brand vinyl door. the house was built in 2001.
Old 03-03-07, 04:36 PM
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If you could take a few closeup digital pics of the door and upload them to a file sharing website (like photobucket or yahoo) we could take a look at it. You upload, then post a link to the pictures here.

Some vinyl doors are single sliders, where the fixed panel is immovable and part of the masterframe. Most others are reversable and the fixed panel is actually installed on site, meaning it can be removed.

Some doors have a removable aluminum threshold plate (the part you step over on your way out the door) and a couple keeper screws on the fixed side of the door that need to be removed in order for the sliding door to slide out.

Other vinyl doors have a vinyl "cap" that snaps onto the left (or right) fixed panel side of the masterframe. The vinyl cap can be pried off with a flat putty knife and a pry bar, which may then expose the screws that hold the door in place.

Still others have screws that fasten the top and bottom of the door, and these screws actually go through the top and/or bottom rail of the door, and are often covered with a vinyl screw cap cover, or button. Prying the button off uncovers the screw.

Its really hard to say how the door is attached without seeing it. There's 100's of kinds of patio doors and I'm not familiar with Milgard's.

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