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Old 09-18-2017, 12:50 PM  
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I have recently started back on a long neglected project: my slidinig glass doors.

They are working fairly well, but the bigger problem is the sliding screen doors which are outside of the sliding glass doors.

The screen doors are just about impossible to move at all.

Yesterday, I got into the project, and found that there are roller wheels on the top of the screen doors, and there is a space in the upper door frame to remove them.

I cannot determine if there are any roller wheels on the bottom, tho.

There is not enough room to push the screen doors up, off of the bottom track, and lift them out.

Right now, it looks like the only way to get the doors out to examine them and see just what they need to work properly, seems to be to take the screen door frames apart.

Anybody got any ideas on how to deal with this situation?


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Sounds like they are in upside down. See if the wheels are adjustable.


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OP,
Your description sounds like my daughter's screen door but seemingly installed upside down. The wheels should be on the bottom with a type of flat springs on top. Try pushing down on the door, compressing the springs, and see if that gives you clearance on top to tip the door out.
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There's always screws on the side of the panel that need to be backed out to back off the pressure on the rollers.
Often times even with the rollers backed off you need a flat screwdriver to lift the roller enough to get it out of the track.
A picture of what your dealing with may help.
Are the tracks clean at the bottom?
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Old 09-20-2017, 09:56 AM  
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Thanks for the posts, nealtw, DFBonnett, and joecaption.

I was able to get one of the screen doors out, and there were no wheels on the bottom of it.

I have cleaned out the bottom tracks of the sliding glass doors and put some lubricating oil in them, and they are working well now.

I will take some photos of the sliding screen doors, and post them here, so all of you other members can see exactly what I am dealing with.
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Old 09-26-2017, 01:18 PM  
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There are not any springs on the top of the sliding screen doors.

With difficulty, I have also taken the second sliding screen door out, and it does not have any rollers, either, although it looks like there are spaces for rollers to be on the bottom corners, and maybe they were just never installed.

I am also wondering if, over the more than three decades since the building was built (1984) whether the wooden door frame could have shrunk, making the sliding screen doors too tight.

I have been looking over web pages on sliding screen doors, or patio doors, and some of them have rollers on both the top and the bottom, and putting rollers on the bottom, might be the solution to my problem.

I would think that identifying the manufacturer of the sliding glass doors and sliding screen doors would be helpful to me in this project.

I am also wondering if the glass doors and the screen doors could have been made by different companies?


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