replacing flush pulls on sliding closet doors?

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Old 06-26-06, 02:41 PM
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replacing flush pulls on sliding closet doors?

Hi all,
I know these are easy to install but I can't get the old pulls out. The old ones are very dated fake plasticy brass and we are replacing all the hardware in our house with SS.

This is what I'm talking about, in case it isn't clear:
http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo...php?p_ref=8085

Thanks in advance!
 
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Old 06-26-06, 04:23 PM
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First make sure they aren't sealed with paint/poly. If they are just use an utility knife to carefully cut the paint from the pull.

You should be able to take a pocket knife or putty knife and work under and around the pull to work it loose.
 
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Old 06-27-06, 02:16 PM
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There may also be a small brad dead in the corner of the pull. I have seen this on more than one occasion.
 
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Old 06-28-06, 04:31 AM
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well, if there is a brad there, how do I get the thing out? It looks like there are two small holes on the inner edges of the thing. That's what is hard. No screws or anything.

Thanks for your rsponses so far--this afternoon I plan to do some more painting (that's what brought this on) and I will try again!
 
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Old 06-28-06, 05:11 AM
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Since they are plastic can't you take a chisel and just bust them out?
 
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Old 06-28-06, 10:35 AM
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Since they are plastic can't you take a chisel and just bust them out?
well; I said plastickY, not nec. PLASTIC. They are cheap, cheap brass. They look plasticky.

Ideas?
 
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Old 06-28-06, 01:57 PM
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I would think a chisel would still cut it enough so you could pry them out. It is possible they glued them in - usually they come out fairly easy.

If they are tacked in the chisel might cut the head of the tack or maybe use a punch to drive the tack thru the pull.
 
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Old 06-28-06, 03:21 PM
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Originally Posted by melismak
Hi all,
I know these are easy to install but I can't get the old pulls out. The old ones are very dated fake plasticy brass and we are replacing all the hardware in our house with SS.

This is what I'm talking about, in case it isn't clear:
http://www.thehardwarehut.com/catalo...php?p_ref=8085

Thanks in advance!
Hi melismak,

Here's a thought you might try. Drill a shallow hole in the center, drive a screw into the hole far enough to get a grip on the pull, (two complete turns at least), grab the screw with a pair of pliers, and pull it out. If that doesn't work, at least now you may have enough to grab with the pliers, without the screw.

Either way, let us know how it's going.

cuedude
 
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Old 06-29-06, 02:37 AM
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Hi melismak,

Either way, let us know how it's going.

cuedude

Indeed. I should get to it today. I will try all of these ideas. I am trying not to damage the wood surrounding the pulls--though an ugly color, the doors are really high-quality.
 
 

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