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Useful Tips on Removing Sliding Doors

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by Harriet Bond
(San Francisco, CA, USA)

Most homes include one or more sliding doors. They might lead to apatio, a deck, an office, or a bedroom. Although sliding doors appear fairly simple to remove, it can actually be a quite difficult task.

There are three main types of sliding doors: Bottom Supported, Top hung, and pocket. Each entrance type requires a different method for removing. If you need to repair or replace a sliding door in your home, take note on how to properly remove it.

Bottom Supported Sliding Door

Removing this type of door requires a partner or two. Usually bottom supported entrances are fairly heavy and require several hands First you must lift the sliding door straight up in the air. You do this in order to clear the track. Than, with help, sharply angle the bottom of the door out and away from you. Once it is completely off the track, you are free to move it wherever you like.

Top Hung Sliding Door

Top hung sliding doors usually have rollers that hang and move across a ledged track. It may seem back wards, but you must lift straight u p on this type of door to remove the rollers from the tracks. Once you have it lifted, angle the door so as to remove the rollers from the ledge. These entrances are typically less heavy than bottom supported sliding doors. A strong individual can probably accomplish this task by him/herself.

Pocket Sliding Door

Pocket doors are usually interior doors that allow rooms privacy that would not normally have it. The doors conveniently slide into the walls when not in use. The first step to removing a pocket door is to take out the stops from the head jamb.

Removing these will allow the door to swing out. Once the door is allowed to swing side to side, you can carefully angle the bottom away from you and lift it up until the roller has been released. Changing a pocket sliding door is fairly easy and requires minimal effort.

Updated: April 1, 2013 — 3:59 pm

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