How to Replace a French Door Panel How to Replace a French Door Panel
A French door panel is something that you will be able to replace yourself should it break. You will find that there are several things that could cause this to happen. A broken panel for a French door is unfortunately not too uncommon of a thing. Whatever may have broken your panel, it is an easy fix. Replacing the entire door can be very expensive and also be quite a hassle. Just replacing a panel is much easier to do.
Step 1 – Cut Seams
The first thing that you are going to have to do is use your utility knife so that you can get all of the paint seams cut around your panel. You will also need to make sure that you cut all of the caulk seals as well. A putty knife may help you to break up these caulk seals. In order to remove your broken panel, you are going to need to get the center post moved far enough away from your panel so that the ends of the staple will need to flex.
Step 2 – Pry
You will now need to get a thin pry bar and tap it into the seam that is between your panel and the center post of your door. You will need to remember to get your bar pushed towards your door panel. It is always better for you to damage the actual panel as opposed to your door.
Step 3 – Gap
After the first gap has been made, you will then need to go outside of it and then make a gap that goes all the way around your panel. Once you have done this, you will need to get your pry bar and put it between both the panel and the center post and then pry it just enough so that the panel will start to come out of the door right along the edge.
Step 4 – Remove Panel
After the panel has begun to be pried away from your post, you will find that the staples and the nails will help you to be able to get your panel moved back and forth so that removal will go easier. The pry bar may be needed so that you can remove your panel away from the wall.
Step 5 – Install
Remove any staples left in the doorjamb. Clean away excess paint as well. Apply caulk around the edges of the jamb. Put new panel into jamb and push it down until it is flush with the inside edges. Drill pilot holes in through the center post. Drive in screws then cover them with wood putty. Drill more pilot holes for the side near the wall. Put finish nails in through your jamb. Replace the molding and add caulk around the in and outside. Apply more silicone caulk to the bottom of your door.