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Patio door repair

Need a contractor/handyman who can fix the track to 8.5 foot heavy patio sliding door unit- I believe built in 1957.

created by golddustwoman on Jan 27, 2014 at 02:38:05 pm     Comments: 8

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Need a contractor/handyman who can fix the track to 8.5 foot heavy patio sliding door unit- I believe built in 1957.

posted by golddustwoman on Jan 27, 2014 at 02:38:56 pm     #  

Can they even be repaired? I was lucky enough to find new wheels for ours at Andersons, they made so many changes nothing else I looked at at the box stores or hardware stores was eevn clos to matching.

posted by MIJeff on Jan 27, 2014 at 03:13:24 pm     #  

I have no idea. I hope so. I am re-habbing my late mom's house. They are huge and one just can't be opened, easily, unless you are Andrea the Giant! If I go to Anderson's, what do I even ask for? Wheels? I am hoping not to have to replace them.

posted by golddustwoman on Jan 27, 2014 at 03:30:34 pm     #  

Think they would have to be Anderson doors, I was lucky my parents remembered where they got the door from. It depends on the brand of door really, is the track itself worn out? There should be an adjustment for the wheels, if the door is too low and is rubbing on the track you might be able to adjust it.

posted by MIJeff on Jan 27, 2014 at 03:59:56 pm     #  

The rollers do actually wear out over time. If the rollers on your patio door are original, I'd say your mom got her money's worth out of the door.

Try to determine the brand and see if the mfg. is still in business. If they are, you can probably obtain replacement rollers from them.

I have a Pella wood door that is now 20 years old. The rollers need replacement. I contacted Pella last fall and they sent me the rollers no charge. Just waiting for warmer weather to perform the replacement.

posted by Foodie on Jan 27, 2014 at 04:30:53 pm     #  

golddustwoman posted at 02:30:34 PM on Jan 27, 2014:

I have no idea. I hope so. I am re-habbing my late mom's house. They are huge and one just can't be opened, easily, unless you are Andrea the Giant! If I go to Anderson's, what do I even ask for? Wheels? I am hoping not to have to replace them.

Have you tried using a silicone lubricant on the track?

We were having a similar problem with our patio door. We were able to take care of the problem by cleaning the track and spraying a silicone lubricant on it.

It worked like a charm. Could be worth a try, if you're having a hard time finding replacement parts?

We did something similar to this:
http://www.homerepairtutor.com/how-to-adjust-a-sliding-glass-door/

posted by mom2 on Jan 27, 2014 at 05:06:13 pm     #  

I had the same problem with our Anderson patio door and I bought new rollers online at swisco.com.The door now opens like it was new again.Also,make sure the track is not worn or dirty.You might get away with just cleaning and adjusting the rollers.Good luck!

posted by buckeye278 on Jan 28, 2014 at 05:41:23 pm     #  

Thanks for the information. Hopefully something works or I am going to be replacing doors. UUGH!

posted by golddustwoman on Jan 29, 2014 at 09:01:34 am     #