How to Remove a Sliding Glass Door Latch
There are several small parts to a sliding glass door, but none are more important than the sliding glass door latch. A sliding glass door is only as good as its sliding glass door latch. It is this mechanism which prevents the sliding glass door from being able to be pried open. Over time, the sliding glass door latch can become rusted and worn, and at this point they will have to be repaired or replaced. Removing a sliding glass door latch is not a difficult thing to do once you know how. The information contained here will show you how to do this chore.
Step 1 - Locating the Sliding Glass Door Latch
You cannot remove something if you cannot locate where it is. The sliding glass door latch is located in the center of the frame of the door where it closes. Unlock the sliding glass door and open it. Look on the edge of the sliding glass door to locate the sliding glass door lock.
Step 2 - Screw Removal
The sliding glass door latch is often connected to the metal sliding glass door frame with a series of screws. Some of these screws are easily found, while others are carefully hidden. The first set of screws is located on the side of the sliding glass door and is holding the handles in place. There are typically two screws to remove. Once those screws are removed from the sliding glass door you can take off the handles and set them aside. Now, look at the side where the front of the sliding glass door latch is located. There may or may not be visible screws connecting the sliding glass door lock to the frame. If there are, there will be two screws holding it in place, which you will have to remove. Inspect the edges of the sliding glass door frame for small screws. If there are any present remove them as well.
Step 3 - Prying the Sliding Glass Door Frame Apart
If you're lucky you can remove the sliding glass door latch prior to taking the frame apart. After all of the screws are removed the sliding glass door latch can sometimes just be pulled out, but this depends on the door. If the sliding glass door latch is still secure in the frame you will have to pry the frame away from the latch. Insert the pry bar between one side of the frame and sliding glass door latch and gently push the pry bar. The frame will pop away from the central stud. Repeat with the other side of the frame. Now that you have access to the internal area of the sliding glass door frame you can locate the remaining screws on the sliding glass door latch. Remove them and then remove the sliding glass door latch. Measure the sliding glass door latch and purchase one of the same size. Put it in place and replace the screws.