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Installing a patio sliding door
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Bkeepr    Posted 07-16-2004 at 05:13:20       [Reply]  [No Email]
This weekend I'm going to rip out the old "French style" patio door at the house and install a slider.

I've put in replacement windows before, but this thing is huge and heavy and expensive so I'm less confident that I usually am with projects around the house. I don't want to screw it up, and I also need to do it pretty quickly as the chance of rain on Sunday is pretty high.

So: any tips, tricks, hints or anything of that nature that you can offer? I'm headed to the hardware store this morning to get some prepackaged wooden shims and some low-expansion foam to go around the framing. Nails and such I have already. Anything else?

thanks!

Tom


Marsha    Posted 07-18-2004 at 16:24:49       [Reply]  [No Email]
Was glad to see this thread. We currently have plastic over one door of our patio doors. We talked about replacing the patio doors last year because of some rot that had started. I'm sure glad we didn't. One evening the door was open, so the glass from both doors was lined up. I picked up a rock with the mower and it broke both double panes in the one door and one pane in the other. Hubby isn't sure he wants to tackle replacing it so we may contract someone to. If it's that easy, maybe we should have one of our brothers come help and do it ourselves.


BOSS    Posted 07-16-2004 at 17:14:01       [Reply]  [No Email]
Just did one today. Though I had to frame a whole wall then set it in it. Nothing to it. You probably won't be able to install the door without both the fixed and the slider taken out, only the slider can come out. Most of the fixed doors are fastened through the outside of the frame, so it has to stay.
Remove the old door.
Then dry fit the new one.
Pull it back out and
caulk...make sure you caulk under the door sill and UP 6 inches on both sides of the bottom.
Install the new door.
ONLY use the foam from Great Stuff that is made specifically for doors and windows, It is minimal expanding. It is warrantied for doors and windows. DON'T use any other foam.

Good Luck.


tim in pa    Posted 07-16-2004 at 07:15:13       [Reply]  [Send Email]
hopefully the new unit will fit the rough opening. suggest installing the frame without the fixed and slider lites installed, much lighter. then, before final anchoring, install the fixed lite. one last check for plumb and level, install the slider, and trim out. no expanding foam. good luck.


RB/CT    Posted 07-16-2004 at 07:10:34       [Reply]  [No Email]
Good luck, good question as many have the same predicament. Ditto on not using the foam, as it will expand and push the wood. Must have a helper, and make sure instructions are followed as per installation. Looking at Anderson myself, have peachtree, who knows whats best, personal decision. Again, good luck.


DigitalMat    Posted 07-16-2004 at 06:40:48       [Reply]  [No Email]
Probably obvious, but I'll say it anyway. If you use screws, make sure you pre-drill. Saved me a lot of headache when installing that new kitchen.


Husker    Posted 07-16-2004 at 06:36:56       [Reply]  [No Email]
Check with your supplier or in your installation book on the door, as usually they say don't use foam insulation. I know in windows you never use foam as they need too be able to "move" a little. A good fiberglass batting type insulation pushed into cracks seem to work well. good luck.


L    Posted 07-16-2004 at 06:31:39       [Reply]  [No Email]
Shims Shims Shims. 3" screws are handy too. You can use the screws in the corners to make minor adjustments and keep the frame plumb and square. Once your old door frame is out, clean the wood off real good. Fit the new door in without your screws and nails to make sure it fits snugly. Depending on the framing of your studs you may have to add a 1/2" board on the studs to get a snug fit ... be prepared to run to the lumber yard.

It is actually rather easy to do if you have an extra pair of hands to help you.


Chas in Me    Posted 07-16-2004 at 05:50:07       [Reply]  [No Email]
Its just like installing any other door. Start with level,keep it square and plumb. They are heavy and awkward, so get some help.
Good music on the radio helps too.
Charles


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