1) The new house we have has a cupboard/wardrobe, about 3m long which
has used ply or similar on plastic runners for sliding doors.
Needless to say "sliding" is a bit of a euphanism.
I could of course take the whole lot out and put (expensive)
hanging/sliding doors like the new wardrobe we've just ordered. But
as funds are tight I'd like ideas and recommendations for dealing with
the 6 sliding doors we've got, for instance, is it practical to put
any rollers on? Merely clean the guides and sand the bottom of the
doors smooth? Add PTFE?
2) We have no kitchen door. It's a bit tight to have a door swinging
inwards (which is how it probably was) and not practical to have it
swing outwards into the adjoining dining area.
A sliding door seems to be an option, though others may have different
ideas. I would however like to have a fit that prevents kitchen
smells and noises from drifting into the dining/lounge area.
To make the doors slide more easily, you could try sanding the edges and
then rubbing them with candle wax. That's the standard treatment for
freeing up drawer runners, and might work with sliding doors. Also round
off the lower leading corners of the doors slightly, so that they can't
dig in and cause the door to tip up rather than slide.
If that doesn't work, have you considered converting them to folding
doors. You can buy folding door gear for not all that much. They would
also have the advantage of making more of the cupboard accessible at a time.
A folding door might solve your second problem, too. You can buy pairs
of half width internal doors for the purpose. They would not protrude
into the room anything like as much as a single full width door. Only
problem is that they do need a bit a clearance, so might not prevent
smells and noises from reaching the other side. But it sounds as if
there's no barrier at all at the moment, so they would be an improvement
Folding is a useful thought though I'd like to retain the existing
doors if candle wax etc doesn't do the job. I have wondered if there
is some sort of runner - similar to like old sledges had - that can be
fixed to the bottom of the door.
Certainly worth a look - I'd got a bit fixated on sliding so hadn't
given that option much thought before.
Thanks for the input.
On Wednesday, 9 December 2015 20:40:30 UTC, Roger Mills wrote:
They do however take up double the door thickness in the available door ope
ning, which can sometimes be critical for getting furniture and appliances
through. Most are usually fairly straightforward to unhook from the track t
hough if a completely open opening is required.
The extractor fan noise is one of the things I'm hoping to block out.
My wife cooks hot spicy food that even the extensive extractor hood
fails to draw in, even when on maximum. And my fried bacon pervades
the whole house - even with the extractor on.
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