Not sure how to remove fixed patio door.

Old 11-15-10, 06:58 AM
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Not sure how to remove fixed patio door.

I have older patio doors that need reglazing. I can't see how to remove the fixed panel. There are no clips except for two alum/pt metal feet at the stile. These seem to go behind the cap on the stile but have no screws into the threshold. There may be a pin but I'm not sure. The top foot has a plastic spacer between it and the top of the frame.
Old 11-15-10, 09:10 AM
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The fixed sash on most aluminum patio doors is held to the side jamb by one or two clips that must be removed so that the panel can slide out.

Also you need to check to see if anything is blocking the fixed sash from sliding into the center of the frame. Sometimes there will be an L-bracket near the center of the head and sill. Other times there is a threshold cap (operating side) that must be pryed out of the sill before the fixed panel can slide.

In any case, the fixed panel can be "stuck" with years of dirt and residue. Other times the installers will have run a bead of silicone in the jamb before pushing the fixed panel into it. In that case, it's often difficult to ever get the sash out.

In a few instances, the center mullion is fixed and is not removable. A few digital pictures might help us see what you are seeing.

When you say the door needs "reglazing" what exactly are you referring to? changing out the glass?
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Been there done that.

My sliding glass doors were installed when the house was built in 1982. The fixed sash was held against its jamb by means of a lip on the vertical edge of the jamb frame that snapped into a groove running from top to bottom on the and the outside of the vertical sash frame.

To free the panel, I carefully pried the edge of the channel on the jamb away from the glass frame.

It wasn't until I satisfied myself that the sash was ever-so-slightly loose in the jamb. It took a couple hours to figger out what to do and a couple minutes to do it.

Reinstalling the panel was a cinch - just line it up with the jamb channel and shove it in until it snaps in place.

Sorry my description isn't so good

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