When I first encountered this problem a couple of years ago, all that
anyone previously had done was lube and clean the tracks. I sprayed the
roller axles (probably used WD-40) and it made a dramatic improvement.
The problem has now returned. Spraying the axles no longer has much effect.
What's really puzzling is that the owner says even during the winter
(central NJ), some days it will be fairly easy to slide; other days not so.
One side of the door faces the normal living space, so is exposed to
ambients around 70F. The "outside" faces an enclosed sun room with a
jacuzzi. During the summer it gets very hot; I don't know how cold it
gets during the winter.
The wheel axles face the outside and are easy to spray without removing
any trim plugs.
The door is a bit bigger than 44"W x 88"H. It's double-paned, so even
under ideal conditions its heavy weight makes it somewhat hard to slide.
As I recall, its a metal frame. I don't know the brand.
I don't feel any flat spots on the wheels or the track, but I haven't
been in the house for over six months; things may have changed.
Thanks for your suggestions.
someone is going to make a small/large fortune,
by inventing a new way to get out onto the patio,
with a large glass door, or doors
I've always had some issue with my sliding glass doors,
from to the screen, to the tracks, to the doors themselves...
i CAN'T emphasize enough how heavy the door is, because the first time
one finds out for sure, as opposed to just reading about it, is when
he's trying to keep from falling and the door crashing on top of him.
But I'm not saying you need two muscular pros. I'm only 5'8" of average
build, with a little extra experience maybe staying upright. One other
average guy would have been plenty** The big problem for me, alone, as
that a) I didn't realize how heavy it was until it was tilted and the
top was weighing down on me. At that point, the bottom was about to
slide away from me, So maybe have a rubber mat or something non-skid
to rest the door on, a plan where to put the door, and wear shoes that
don't slip, not just socks.
I'm not sure about leather gloves, even though there are no sharp edges.
Leather gloves seem to double one's strength, but they make it harder to
feel what's happening.
**Unless he was like my next door neighbor. I asked him for help
lifting a sidewalk square and he came over with his own gloves, pink
dishwashing gloves. It's not that they're pink and girly, it's that
they'll rip immediately and if he doesn't know that, it's like he'd
never done any hard work. I provided a pair of leather construction
and he was strong enough, but when I mentioned putting the square back,
he never volunteered again.
According to Confucious, Aristotle, and the Bible,
WD-40 is a short acting lubricant.
Confucious Say man who need to use WD-40 need to
use short straw.
After consulting with the Greek God Homerepairus,
it has been revealed to me that WD-40 is a short
acting lubricant which is not suitable for sewing
machines or electric fans.
And it came to pass that Stumped Moron did need a
lubricant for his equipment. And it came to pass
that he arose early in the morning to use WD-40
because the LORD had revealed it would be short
acting and gum up.
Yeah. I don't have any but I'm sure they're good. Might solve the
"can't feel what's happening" problem.
Aslo rubber but nowhere near as fragile as the pink Rubbermaid
dishwashing gloves my neighbor brought.
I couldn't follow this description.
I have two sliding glass doors, one wider than the other. Double pane
glass. I couldn't carry either with one hand, I'm pretty sure, no
matter what technique I used. If the panel (glass door?) is standing
up, and I lift it at the side, there will be a tremendous force on the
lower corner away from my hand, to turn horizontal instead of standing
up. See what I mean--I didn't follow you.
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