Must moved into my Eichler over Labor day. By the end of the first day all six original Eichler closet doors were off their rails. What is the common fix to this? I'm thinking modern sliders and rails with the original doors. There must be a handy man out there that does this! Let me know, Thanks, Brad
This is par for the course. The original Eichler closet sliders will fall off their tracks if you look at them sideways. This is mostly a problem for my kids who still have trouble remembering to open and close the doors with great care.
I've heard from several Eichler owners that the sliding door hardware from Hafele (http://www.hafele.com/us/services/7039.asp) is of very high quality (though expensive) and that retrofitting the Eichler doors with the Hafele hardware yields very good results. It's on my list of things to do in the future.
Welcome to the Eichler community! I'm glad you've found this Eichler web board. You'll find all sorts of interesting and helpful folks here who are willing to share suggestions and experience. Certainly I've benefited greatly from their insights over the years.
As regards sliding closet doors repair, I've pasted below an excerpt from a long ago posting of mine (2004?) which might be helpful.
" For the closets whose overhead tracts were unsalvageable, I've turned to Stanley's "Sliding door Hardware set" which comes in several lengths including the 60" width needed for my closets. The instructions with the kit are pretty good and there are pictures re: installation on the outside of the box to give you an idea. Note that it includes a default set of offset rollers (assumes a certain door thickness) which you might have to replace. This is easy to do--Stanley sells the various roller offset sizes in individual packages.
Anyway, if you don't have a solution already, I suggest you pick up a Stanley sliding door hardware set at your nearest Home Depot and do some trial fits. My box says the re-order no is 40-3050."
Through trial-and-error, I figured out the process and measurements and successfully replaced my sliding door tracts. Some time later I found that Raphael Hebert (who was doing work for some of my Fairglen neighbors) had written up and posted the process online. His instructions are pretty to close to what I did so I recommend taking a look:
P.S. BTW, there's a Search box at the top of this page which can unearth previous postings on just about any Eichler topic you can name. It's well worth reading through some of the past discussions on a given topic before posting--likely you will find your question's already been answered :-)