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MY SLIDING GLASS DOORS WON'T SLIDE... SUGGESTIONS?

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SLIDING DOORS STUCK!
My slider won't budge.... the front door of course!!! The rubber gasket on top of the lip was torn and the slider would always come off at that point.I tried to replace the rubber but couldn't find it any where.

It was suggested to me to remove the rubber and then spray silicone on top of the lip. So I did all that and the door gets just as stuck as before.

Does any one know:
1. Where to get the replacement rubber?
2. Possible other reasons on why the door gets stuck and how to repair it?
3.Any sliding glass door repair people in the east bay? Walnut Creek even better?

Please send recommendations directly to me via e-mail at hannaday AT hotmail DOT com

Born in an eichler

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Joined: Jan 30 2004

We had the rubber replaced with a metal cap. The doors slide beautifully now. You may also need to replace the wheels on bottom of door. These
may be difficult to find but I believe there have been postings about that here in the past.

Louise Kehoe Arnold

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Joined: Mar 22 2003

Just in case you were not aware of this, there are also some "handy man" types that advertise on this site and specialize in repairing the original sliding glass doors. Just a place to start, in case you are not able to correct the problem yourself.

Cathye

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Joined: Apr 21 2006

I just got a bid for $200 to replace the wheels on our sliding glass door. Isn't that an awful lot for wheels? Does anyone have any leads on cheaper wheels? I've look for previous posts but did not find any information.

Thanks for any help.

Steve

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Joined: Jul 29 2003

Regarding new wheels - I contact the manufacturer of my sliding doors - and the sent new wheels free - no charge.

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Joined: Apr 21 2006

Do you know the manufacturer of the original Eichler sliding glass doors?

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Joined: Mar 25 2005

typically the doors were made by arcadia
the company still exists and they sell a limited number of parts for older doors
do a web search on arcadia products...

BUT, depending on what you need (like wheel replacement) you may be better off going to a local door/screen shop and seeing if they have replacement parts

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Joined: Oct 17 2006

When this happen to me I had to replace the wheels inside the bottom of the doors. When I called around to find replacement parts and or someone to repair it I found the parts were going to run about $200, as you did. Fortunately I had some parts I found in the garage left by the previous owner. I have a couple sets of sliding doors I recently removed when remodeling. If it helps you are welcome to them.

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Well, it's on my (long) list of to-do's to tune up my sliding doors--screens and glass. I've done a couple of the screen doors in the distant past but I don't think I've worked on the glass door wheels yet.

If you are handy, you can probably do the wheels yourself. If not, there is a very affable chap in the Eichler Network Maintenance booklet Marty mails out. He's under handyman, I believe. No, he's not cheap--but after all, you're paying for his time and Eichler expertise. He's also good at tuning up loose/crotchedy sliding door handles (which he did once for me).

Screens
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The wheel parts I (and others) have used for the sliding screen doors were replacement parts by Slide-co/Prime-Line. I don't have the package in front of me, but shaunp from Palo Alto once posted the part numbers as b-520 for the top tension and b-560 for the bottom wheels.

http://www.slide-co.com

To see a diagram of the part, use the Search tab then type in the part number.

Glass doors
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They also make replacement wheels for sliding glass doors. You can replace just the roller, just the housing, or both as a unit.

Search on part number "13373" in for a roller assembly part that might work.

Where to get them
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A lot of hardware stores (even Home Depot) carry Slide-co/Prime-line parts but there's no guarantee they will have a particular part, though it's worth a try. You might be able to order online (search for "prime-line" and the part number).

BTW, the glass door part number is not my find but courtesy of another person.

Good luck.
Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: Oct 10 2003

wow. from looking at the pics on the slide-co page, it looks like my screen doors are upside down!!! Maybe this explains why they arent working so well!

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Joined: Apr 2 2003

Oops, forgot to point out that the slide-co/PrimeLine site has "how-to's" for removing the doors, getting at the wheels, etc.

Screens
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http://www.slide-co.com/howtoscreen.asp

(note there is more than one page, so don't stop at the first one)

Glass doors
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http://www.slide-co.com/howtoslide.asp

(ditto re: being multipage.)

I didn't read through the directions in detail, but they look at a glance to be applicable.

Good luck.
Jake

eichfan at rawbw dot com

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Joined: Oct 10 2003

BTW I emailed slide-co / prime-line to see if they direct sales, they do not, but suggested:

WE do not sell direct, you can order at the C.R. Laurence Company 1-800-421-6144, or :

You can order this product online at http://www.aaascreen.com

Thanks for visiting.
Les Burns
Prime-Line Products

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