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How to remove fixed door in sliding glass doors?


Old 01-21-13, 12:54 PM
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How to remove fixed door in sliding glass doors?

We need to remove our sliding glass doors from the frame to get a new appliance into our 1860's Victorian house. Doors were installed 2 years ago but our contractor sold the business and we don't know who to contact to help. Is it possible to remove the fixed door? Even if we take off the sliding door the opening is only 27"; we need at least 30". Thanks in advance for any advice. (PS of course the doors will need to be able to go back in!)
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Old 01-21-13, 01:08 PM
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Depends on the brand on the exact way....but normally there will be some brackets or possibly just some screws through the frame into the fixed panel. Some people also caulk around the exterior where the panel fits in to the frame and that would need to be broken free. After that, it's basically just a matter of working the fixed panel loose and lifting it up, then bringing the bottom over the lower track (either to the inside or the exterior).

You didn't ask about the moving panel....but it's similar. There may be a piece that prevents removal until it is out of the way. Then you lower the rollers (actually, you raise them, so the door drops down). Lift up and swing the bottom. Some cheaper doors have cheap rollers that will hang down even when raised. You can use a thin putty knife or similar to lift them as you swing the bottom.

Do you have any idea of the brand of doors? Shame on you if not. Installers go out of business all the time.....door companies not so often. Without paperwork, hard to get warranty service if needed.

EDIT.... all doors I've ever seen require the moving panel to be removed first.
Old 01-21-13, 04:05 PM
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There are a few that require the fixed panel to come out first. It would help if you told us what kind of patio door it is.... aluminum inside and out.... vinyl inside and out.... wood interior, aluminum or vinyl clad exterior? Brand name? Andersen? Pella? Or a few pictures would be good.
Old 01-21-13, 04:22 PM
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of course the doors will need to be able to go back in!
So my hammer suggestion I keep to myself
Yeah, pix would really help. also include pix of the track, too so we can see which way it all needs to go. No close ups, we know what it looks like close up.
Old 01-21-13, 04:34 PM
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some doors you cant remove the stationary panel. i hope for your sake the door you bought is a field assembly frame. your paperwork should give you the make and model. post it, that would help a lot.

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