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Sliding barn doors
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Woozie    Posted 08-20-2003 at 07:59:06       [Reply]  [Send Email]
My sliding doors don't. At least, not reliably. Mechanically this is so simple, but I can't get the foolish things to work! The nuts on the header in the track keep loosening up and then the door binds. I've tried lock washers and Lock-Tite, but obviously not correctly. Can someone PLEASE tell me how to adjust, and fix a sliding barn door? (The hardware was new in 1985, two wheels on each of the 2 assemblies in the overhead track.) Thank you to all of you who know how easy this is to fix, and care enough to help me out... "Its easy when you know how!"


Woozie    Posted 08-20-2003 at 08:38:58       [Reply]  [Send Email]
This list, and you guys are FANTASTIC. Yep, these tracks are inside. OK, I will try not to get squished when I take the doors down, and I'll get aircraft nuts, and double up on them (if I have room) and I'll grease the tracks! I'll let you know! THANK YOU!!!


Mike D.    Posted 08-20-2003 at 08:12:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
Hello Woozie-
How big are those doors? That will be part of the solution. Also- can you fit the bolt through the track and have the nuts on the inside of the barn instead of on the track side?

One trick to stop the nut from 'drifting' on the bolt thread: use a punch to dimple the threads after you tighten the bolt up snug. When you dimple the thread the nut can't pass by the dimple unless you use a wrench and force it.

If the doors are large then you may consider using another roller or two to help carry the weight better. That would be a big help on the stress on the track.

Be careful if you need to take the door down to rework the hardware. No sense getting those 'deep tissue bruises'. I know a guy that had a 12 X 14 door fall over on him. He was sore for a week. Hard lesson to be sure. Made me skittish of those heavy doors from then on. :*)




We had the same problem .    Posted 08-20-2003 at 08:03:57       [Reply]  [No Email]
with ours as well....Easy Fix: Replace all existing nuts with those that have a nylon insert....commonly known as aircraft nuts....most hardware and Homer Depots carry em....lubing up the tracks won't hurt none either..:^)


willie j    Posted 08-21-2003 at 07:42:46       [Reply]  [Send Email]
WHOAAAA!!!!!!!! Do Not Lube The Track!!!!!! Lube on the track just collects dirt & junk, making things worse.Keep the track clean & dry.Lube the bearings on the rollers. Remember, they are rollers, not sliders. A silicon spray works best. If rollers are dirty, WD40 is okay to clean them up, but it is mostly kerosene & has little lubing qualities. Once a year is plenty unless in a severe dusty area, then maybe twice a year.
Willie J


slim    Posted 08-20-2003 at 08:29:16       [Reply]  [No Email]
That's good but if you have enough thread sticking out of the bolts, you could just double-nut them.

slim


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