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How to remove plastic decorative insert from exterior french doors


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Old 06-29-08, 07:36 AM
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How to remove plastic decorative insert from exterior french doors

We replaced our sliding patio door with the steel french doors several years ago. There is a plastic decorative frame on the interior and exterior(not inside the glass) that makes it hard to clean around. It looks like I could remove the screw covers around the frame and remove the plastic insert and put it back together. I wonder if anyone has experience with this. I don't want the glass to fall out.
 
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Old 06-29-08, 02:00 PM
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that frame is called a sandwich frame because the screws go through the door and into the other frame on the other side, sandwiching the glass between them. sometimes the screws aren't the only thing holding them in place, sometimes they are caulked in also, you can usually tell by just looking at the edges if it's been caulked. if it's not caulked then once you take those screws out the glass will come loose as well as the frame on both sides. as long as you're ready for it you could easily take it all out and put it all back in.
 
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Old 06-29-08, 02:23 PM
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The exterior frame is "usually" attached to the glass with an adhesive that is a bear to get off. There is also adhesive that seals the frame to the door. If you remove the screws, normally the interior frame will come off clean, depending on paint and such. The glass and exterior frame will normally stay in place, but can slide or fall away if not secured.

You can replace the glass, frame and all for about $90 if you want to. Most box stores/construction supply/door and window dealers would be able to order it for you.

You see I use a lot of "normally's" and "usually's". Things can be different depending on model, age, manufacturer.
 
 

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