Pella Sliding Glass Door Lock Loose


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Old 02-29-24, 09:07 PM
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Pella Sliding Glass Door Lock Loose

I have a Pelle sliding glass door that has been really difficult to lock. You have to hold it tight against the frame and turn the lock at same time. Worked fine for years but itís now there is quite a bit of play in it. It will still lock but itís loose and seems to travel more than previous.




 
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Old 03-01-24, 05:42 AM
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First see if the sliding panel is plumb with the jamb. Open it a crack and look at the gap of light. It should be even, not bigger in one area. Then report back.
 
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Old 03-01-24, 11:07 AM
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Straight ahead or from angle?






 
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Old 03-01-24, 11:39 AM
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Look at it straight ahead. You will have to tell me if it is the same exact size at the top, middle and bottom. Those pictures are too hard for me to tell anything.

Another problem is that weatgerstrip that is coming out at the bottom in your 4th pic. That needs to get pushed back tight and it needs to stay in place.... dunno what you will need to do to get it to stay. A little silicone behind it and some masking tape to hold it temporarily until the silicone sets up maybe.
 
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I wonder if there's supposed to be weather-stripping along both sides of the strike channel....seems like with just one side (as shown in very 1st photo) the door would tend to move outward as it seats into the jamb channel, and cause lateral misalignment with the strike plates, especially at the top, where more lateral movement would occur. This could also explain the "looseness" once locked.
 
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Old 03-03-24, 09:21 AM
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No there isnt.
 
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Old 03-12-24, 08:38 PM
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It doesn't appear to be 'correct' but it has been like that for over 15 years. I replaced the existing one a year or so ago and only recently has the locking mechanism been loose. There is too much play in that closing of the lock so something is not right internally.
 
 

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