Sliding glass door (I need some help)


The door is about 8 years old. It doesn't have any plastic wheels or anything other than what looks like a tongue and groove between the door and the frame. I removed it once and cleaned it and put in some teflon stuff. It worked for about 6 months. Now it is really sticky and cleaning didn't help.
What should I do? Are the doors usually a standard size? It's a tract home. I'm cheap.
Thanks
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if it doesn't roll on the bottom it may roll from the top. maybe spray nine cleaner will help. if you liked a wet teflon spray try the dry teflon spray it may attract less dirt. the door may make more sense when you and a helper lift it up and remove it to service it. search sliding door roller at: www.hdsupply.com
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I can't imagine a door without wheels or some version of slide strip. I suspect that the lube that you did use attracted dust and dirt and that this is causing the stickiness now. I imagine the best recourse now would be a thorough cleaning.
Is there a brand name on the door? Contact or Google the manufacturer for use and care suggestions. I have had good luck on outdoor items that needed lube using anti seize like this: <http://www.meyerplastics.com/adhesives_seal_tape/anti-seize_comp_sht.htm
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AKA gray asphalt wrote:

I'm retired and that can make ya cheap (and creative). ;) If your door is anything like ours its toast. There was a wheel and it wore out. The alum base was (center hump the wheel rode on was pretty much gone. My improvisation has lasted a year and is going strong. If I can find our camera (granddaughter usually has it) I'll take a picture and post it later today. (It's 7:00 AM in Calif) See if you can visualize this:
I picked up a roller assembly that is normally used on heavy closet doors. Its about 3" tall X 1 1/2" wide X 3/8" thick with a nylon wheel (about 3/4" dia) at one end (protruding about 1/4 ") and an adjustable screw for the wheel at the other. At the wheel end there are two flanges with holes for screws and mounting. I drilled one hole through the upper left corner and used three screws to fasten it to the outside, closest to the door frame and of course, the bottom. The beauty is that once in place, its adjustable. The nylon wheel is grooved to ride a hump but in this set up it rides on the outside edges.
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I would appreciate a picture. Did your invention fit in the existing track? I guess I'm having difficulty picturing it.

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AKA gray asphalt wrote:

My original dimensions were guessed from memory. Here are the actual measurements:
3 1/16" tall 1 7/8" wide 5/8 " thick
You should be able to find the piece at a hardware store or....? Three pictures attached. Note I used three metal screws and drilled pilot holes in the alum door frame, the top screw required drilling a hole through the assembly. Also, note the 1/4 20 lock nut at the top to keep the adjustment right. Beats buying a new door.
http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/3134/sa400002qr0.jpg
http://img300.imageshack.us/img300/9610/sa400003sp0.jpg
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That looks like something I might be able to do. I will let you know how it goes. This is the most helpful thing I've ever gotten on this ng and I've gotten a lot of good help.

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That looks like a good fix for my door. Does it need a roller assembly on each end? It seems the roller doesn't run in a groove, it needs to be adjusted so that the original groove keeps the door in place while the additional roller supports the weight? Can you give me a model number and manufacturer?

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AKA gray asphalt wrote:

On my door the majority of wear took place nearest the door frame. It still tracked but it dragged. You had to kinda lift it to get it to move. And yes, it runs outside the groove and the door follows the original groove. No problem.
The odd thing is that when I first got the idea I looked around and didn't see anything that looked just right. Then I spotted some discarded closet doors sticking out of a dumpster at my granddaughters school and sure enough the wheel assembly I needed was right there for the taking. There are no identifying marks on the assembly so you would have to print the picture and take it to Home Depot or.......
Or....., email me your address and I'll mail one to you. (I've got two more). I assume you are somewhere in the USA. :)
Frank
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AKA gray asphalt wrote:

Kinda quiet over there, did you see my reply?
Frank
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Sorry for the delay. I'm taking your advice and taking a picture in to Home Depot. I think I need two rollers, as both sides of the door seem to be binding. I got a kind of serial number from the door but they aren't manufactured anymore. Waiting for reply from them about possible fix. Can you spare two rollers, if I can't find something? My problem is that the door really, as strange as it seems, has no rollers at all, either top or bottom.
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AKA gray asphalt wrote:

LOL, you *are* lucky. I do have two.
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I'm probably going to be writing to you. The window company said they have a lifetime guarantee but neither of the two local distributors have called back for a couple of days.
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I've had the door out and there were no rollers. I had to bend the bottom track and bend it back to get the door in and out. I know that isn't the way it's supposed to be but a lot of things about this house are substandard.
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