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Condensation in a Sliding Glass Door

I live in Canada, spring has finally sprung! I have a thermo pane sliding glass door that has moisture trapped between the two panes is there anyway of getting rid of the condensation? or do I just wait for summer and mother nature to do there job?

If the door is relatively new, and even if it isn't, I would contact the manufacturer, Those panes are supposed to be sealed for life. (perhaps not YOUR life.. only theirs) I do not think there is anyway you can remove the moisture.
If the window is new they may replace it for you.

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More on Condensation between Panes

One of my doors has a large place where you usually look out that has moisture in it .it is like fog.these doors are double paned,insulated.I live in Texas so it is very warm.how do I get it out?

You can't. At least I have never heard of any way that it can be done. The panes are supposed to be sealed for life. I know of at least one case where a homeowner contacted the manufacturer and the door was replaced for free. That I am sure will depend on the door manufacturer and the age of the door. But contact yours and see. It can't hurt.

Replacing Door Tracks

I was wondering if anyone knows anything about replacing the tracks on a sliding glass door. How much would it cost? I have been given estimates from $200 to over $900. Some have said it can't be done, or shouldn't be done. What's the scoop?

The tracks are an integral part of the doorframe and cannot be normally replaced without removing and reinstalling the entire door system. Best to think of getting new doors if you are going to do anything at all.

Doors Difficult to Slide

My house is about 22 years old. The aluminum sliding glass door (double pane) is very hard to open and close. I tried lifting it off the track, but the door will not rise above the front (inside) lip. What can I do?

You may have to adjust the wheels down before the door will remove. There are adjustment screws located at the top and bottom of the doors either on the sides of the doors or often at the top and bottom of the door on the interior side...often hidden by a plastic plug.... At any rate, you should consider replacing the doors altogether. Repairs to old aluminum doors are temporary at best. The latest ball bearing type vinyl doors are not very expensive and a breeze to operate and maintain.

Examining Sliding Door

What is a proven step by step method to remove a large/heavy sliding glass door so I can see why it doesn't slide?

Your sliding glass doors have roller adjustments on them. Depending on the manufacturer they can be on the sides of the frame or on the bottom rail of the door.
Generally, you take a screwdriver to raise or lower the door for maximum slide ability/squareness/etc..
This may be the problem, just raising or lowering the rollers so that the door operates freely...It is also the method used to remove the sliding door. Lower the rollers all the way then lift the door from the bottom and swing the bottom out over the track.

If the problem is with the rollers themselves and this an an old door (over 15 years) its most often better to replace the doors than to try to fix the rollers.


Leaking Sliding Deck Doors

I have a sliding deck door in my third floor condo. When it rains against my deck doors I get water leakage on the floor under my carpet in the lower left corner facing the outside doors. The leakage occurs on the stationary side of the door that does not slide. I have tried to slide this stationary door after I removed the jamb hardware, but could not move it. I thought it might break, I put a lot of pressure on it to move it anyway, I get water inside when it rains, I think the jamb needs caulking, how do I stop this or remove the door.

I can't tell about the door not moving. There may be a block installed in the track to hold it in place or it may not be on rollers at all.

As for the leakage, yes, caulk around the outside of the door, around the frame. Also, check the bottom track. There should be holes to drain any water in the track. Make sure the holes are free of dirt so any water that collects in there drains out on to the deck.



Squaring a Sliding Glass Door

HELP...we installed a new sliding glass door today to replace our old door that leaked. The new door bows slightly and won't shut right. How do we square a sliding glass door?

How does it bow? If the top or bottom don't make contact with the door jam, you need to square those up. The frame the door is in is probably not 100% square. But the frame of your door needs to be. Unfasten the door jam from the wood frame again. Then you need to square it up and refastened it. Make wooden wedges from scrap wood to vary the distance from the door jam to the frame until it is plumb (straight up and down) You see depending on how the wood was bowed, you can easily pull your doors jam out of square. With the wedges (shims) you can allow for the variance in the wooden frame. You can probably put the door into the track and use it to square up the frame. I am reasonably sure the door is perfectly square.

Safety-Locking Sliders


I am purchasing a house with 14 sliding glass doors and it they are on the upper floor, the
man who built the house was planning to put a deck the length of the house but died before
finishing, I have a 1 year old and I need to find out what to put in the openings when the doors are
open to keep the baby from going through the screen, I have looked at Plexiglas but it is $26 for a piece for a 2'x4'x1/4, for that price I would rather finish the deck, but for now I need a quick fix..

Easiest solution is to make sure the locks are working and install wooden dowels behind each sliding panel (the kind you put in to discourage thieves).
There are also metal bar attachments for sliding patio doors that serve the same purpose.
Either way, they don't allow these doors to open without first removing the bar or dowel.




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