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How To Remove Sliding Glass Door?


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04-19-12, 02:25 PM   #1  
How To Remove Sliding Glass Door?

I can't lift the door up high enough to let the bottom part of the sash clear the bottom slider rail. The slider needs to come up about 1/4 inch to clear the rail at the bottom of the frame, but I can only lift the slider up about 1/16 inch before it hits the top of the door frame.

I know it can be done because I did it several years ago, but alas, memory fails. I do remember I had to remove the fixed panel first.

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http://pubmeister.org/images/patio door and frame problem.jpg

Ideas?

 
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04-19-12, 02:31 PM   #2  
Have you raised the wheels as far as they will go? Some doors will not actually raise the wheels...the just move the stop that determines how far the wheel will go. Gravity pulls the wheels back down.

Even then, I've occasionally had to use a wedge or prybar to lift it far enough.


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04-19-12, 03:02 PM   #3  
The fixed panel does have to be removed first. You will slide the fixed panel out of the jamb, lift it up, and then pull the bottom of the fixed panel toward the OUTSIDE edge of the sill. Once it is removed, the operating panel will be able to come out... again, you will slide the operating panel out of the jamb, lift it up, and then pull the bottom of the operating panel toward the OUTSIDE edge of the sill in order to remove it.

 
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04-19-12, 03:09 PM   #4  
I'll give it a try. That's how I remember doing it, just as you described. But no matter where the sliding pane is, I can only lift it up about 1/16 inch and that's not enough to clear the bottom rail.

Unless, as the previous poster wrote, I pry the slider up. Maybe that's what I did the first time.



 
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04-19-12, 03:13 PM   #5  
They are always tight... especially if the top of the frame is bowed down, as they commonly are.

I will usually use a wonder bar and a pair of wide metal putty knifes. Pry one side up, put the thin putty knife under the wheel so that it rests on the putty knife, then pry the other side up, put the other putty knife under the other wheel, and then you should be able to slide the bottom of the door out without it catching on anything.

 
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04-24-12, 10:41 PM   #6  
Okay. I found what was preventing me from sliding the fixed pane horizontally out of the jamb. On the inside of the fixed pane's frame, about an inch down and 2 inches from the edge of the vertical channel that contains the window glass is this little tit that you can't see. After working the top of the frame until the tit became visible. There is another about an inch up from the bottom.

I made some notes with some pix and I'd upload it for others to use but I'm not sure how to do that. Maybe as a PDF with a link to it...

 
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