Help removing my slider


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Old 04-13-23, 12:38 PM
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Help removing my slider

Hey Iíve been trying to figure out how to get my slider out without cutting a thin piece of vinyl on the inside bottom of the frame which prevents it from tilting in at the bottom to be removed.

Iíve pulled the screen door off but am also unsure how to get the fixed door off (it appears the fixed portion has caulk on the seam about 3/4Ē from the frame, but other than that I canít see any screws). Not sure if the thin piece on the side is made to pop off, but when I tried it was very stiff.

Ultimately Iíve been waiting most of the winter for warmer weather to get the door off to clean and assess the rollers as itís been sticking (I assume the dog hair from 3 dogs and dirt from 2 kids is the issue) and getting harder and harder to open and close. Iíve tried vacuuming out the tracks as well as taking a wire brush to them with it not helping a ton.

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Vinyl lip appears to be part of the door as far as I can tell.


Not sure if this piece can be removed without it breaking or bending, tried without much luck.






 
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Can you lift the sliding door straight up, high enough that its bottom clears the track? You might need a helper at the bottom to push up the wheels. I doubt you can easily remove the fixed part and don't know why you'd need to.
 
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Old 04-13-23, 08:57 PM
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To bet the fixed panel off, first remove the snap in vertical cap that is on the side of the fixed panel, shown in photos 5 and 8. Use a thin stiff putty knife and pry it off.

Post a better brighter picture of photo #3, bottom panel, inside bottom of fixed panel. And a photo of the top of that fixed panel, both with the operating door closed.

But if you are only trying to remove the sliding panel, you first need to lower the rollers all the way. And give us a photo of the right side of that sliding panel from the inside that shows the narrow side of the door.
 
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See additional images below. Even with the wheels up all the way and the door being lifted the bottom of the frame of the door hits the piece of vinyl that runs along the inside bottom. That piece is about 1/4Ē higher than the track.





 
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That's why you first need to remove the snap in end cap on the side. It's length limits how high you can lift the panel.
 
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I came to that conclusion too, and was just barely able to get it out! Thank you.

Interior trim with the bolt on it was keeping the door from getting up high enough. With it removed just barely enough space to pull it inside.
 
 

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