Help! Fixing flush sliding glass door


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Old 05-16-21, 07:52 PM
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Help! Fixing flush sliding glass door

Hello,
I need some help identifying replacement parts for our sliding glass door, pictured below. It is a very strange door that was there when we bought the house -- it "pops" inwards and then slides sideways once it has been popped in -- I guess the advantage is that the door is flush when it's closed.

The door handle/latch (pictured, wedged back in by me) has broken in hald, and the metal guidewire at the top of the frame for this external door has snapped. Because this is a very strange door, I have no idea where to find a replacement handle or how to fix the broken guide wire. A window retailer suggested (perhaps unsurprisingly) that our only course of action would be to buy an entirely new door and window, but that sounds insane to me given that all that's broken is the handle and a small metal wire. However, a strong wind blew the door open the other day, my wife thought someone had gotten into our house, and... I need a better solution...

Your advice much appreciated.

Broken door which pops in towards camera, then slides to right. Broken handle is on left of door and broken guide wire is visible at top right but used to run along top of door to left side.

front view of broken door handle. Metal has snapped off between latch and square plate screwed onto door. I have wedged handle back in to semi-secure door.

top down view of broken door latch/handle.

Faded logo on window. Not sure if this brand can be identified.
 
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Old 05-16-21, 07:55 PM
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Sorry for the typo above -- should say the door handle has broken in half.
 
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Old 05-16-21, 08:03 PM
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No gold sticker hidden in the top of the frame?
 
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Old 05-16-21, 08:09 PM
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Sadly no hidden gold sticker
 
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Old 05-16-21, 08:35 PM
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If you have neighbors with similar doors, best thing you could hope for is that one of them remembers who sold them or put them in. Otherwise take your photos around to the local commercial city glass companies... maybe one of them would recognize it. I've been doing doors and windows for 30 yrs and never seen anything like it.

With a design like that im pretty sure that company would be out of business by now.

You might want to jam a 2x4 or similar vertically, to help keep it in place. If its cut just the right length, it might help it stay put.
 
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Old 05-17-21, 07:50 AM
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I have seen doors that operate like that in Europe.
 
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Old 05-18-21, 06:22 AM
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Found these two links that may be helpful.
https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=OQz0iIEV-dc
https://europeantiltturnwindows.com/
These are interesting windows. Another thought, sometimes the city/county building department may have blueprints from when this home was built. Sometimes the window manufacturer is specified on the drawings. A phone call to the appropriate department may tell you whether they still have them.
 
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Old 05-19-21, 05:02 AM
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Something here might work: https://www.swisco.com/srch?q=cam+handle
 
 

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