How do You Fix Sliding Door.

Let’s Start with a question of how do you fix a sliding door that keeps jumping off the track? A simple question yes, but the answer can vary depending on the type of door you are talking about. There are screen doors which are notorious for leaving the track and getting hung up. Then there is the glass sliding door for the patio. Finally, there is closet door that just does not want to cooperate with any one. So let’s take one type at a time and go through the various reasons they don’t stay put.

The screen doors pose a special problem because the biggest issue is getting a screen that is not as big as it could be for the frame they are to work on. If your door is far too small, then you may want to look at getting one that is closer to your frame opening that the one you have. Keep in mind that the size of the door can vary greatly than the advertised size so you really need to measure the prospective door to see what the actual size is. The height is the important dimension. Measure the distance from the bottom of the frame to the top and then subtract a quarter of an inch to allow for an adjustment range.

But before you go off and scour the hardware stores looking for the ideal door size, let’s see if you can make some adjustments to the existing door to make it work well. Looking at your door there should be two adjustment screws on top and two on bottom. These screws are designed to allow you to adjust for differences in door size and create a situation where the door is tight as it slides and reduces the opportunity to leave the lower track. Adjust them so that there is not a lot of up down moment in the door once it is set on the tracks. This is best done once the door is set on the track. Also make most of the adjustment on the upper section otherwise adjusting the lower screws can create a gap below the door that will make it easy for the bugs to enter you house by going under it. The top side has a large lip that can act like a barrier for entry.

Then there is the sliding glass door that runs just inside the screen door. While this door is much better in staying on track, mostly because of the weight of the door, it can also lose the track. But the bigger issue I have seen, is that they become very difficult to slide as if something was catching and preventing it from sliding. You will need help with this one as the common cause the door gets hard to slide is that build up below the door in the track is creating a large amount of friction or in extreme cases actually blocking the door form moving. You will need to remove the door, clean out the track and then the bottom edge of the door. You can then place a thin layer of oil to smooth out the slide on the bottom guide of the door and remount the door and it should work much better and slide smooth again if the door and track are not damaged.

Then there is that sliding door in your bedroom in your closet. It usually has a mirror that faces into the bedroom but not always. This was the one that got me going as when I moved into a new apartment and had two of these doors in my bedroom that just wasn’t staying on the track. Every time I tried to slide the door it would jump off the track and then it would not slide well or the two doors would crash into each other on one end of the rail or the other. The first thing you need to do is learn not to lift on the door as you grab it to slide it one way or the other. I for one tend to naturally lift slightly when I slide a door as if to try and make it slide easier. It does not really help, if it is properly adjusted then it doesn’t do a thing. For this door you need to first of all get the roller back in the groove so it will slide. Then you will see four plates one on each of the four corners of the door the top two have no adjustment, but the lower plates actually have two plates that are interconnected and have the ability to adjust the height of the door.

Welcome to our Home Answers Blog

Hello all and welcome to our Home Answers Blog. We are relaunching our blog to help you find ways to answers those questions that come up around the home and you just aren’t sure how you should go forward. I have come up against many questions over the years as to what is the best course of action is in a certain situation. I ended up spending a lot of time on the web trying to find the best answer to each of these questions and in many cases ended up more confused than when I started, so after one too many of these situations. I decided I can’t be the only one out here running into these situations so I decided I needed to share what I have found with those with questions.

So over the next few weeks I will be compiling answers I found on some of these questions and sharing them with you so hopefully you won’t end up in the same confused state that I found myself in. Of course I cannot hope to answer all of your questions by myself. So if you have a question that you have had to address and would like to share with the Blog community we all would appreciate your input. Please send me an email at I will thank each of you in advance for your input and advice on how to move forward with this blog. At all times we welcome your comments and suggestions. Also if you have a question that you need an answer too then please reply to any post and let us know what the question is and we will look to see if we can find and answer for you.

We will approach each question with a desire to study it thoroughly. Then try to write it down in a manner that is easily read and understand. We will not post anything until we can achieve that level of quality in our answers for you. We will bring in local experts as needed to find the help to explain the needed answer. We don’t claim to know everything thing, but we have learned to find out answers to most question we have run into so far. If you want to try and stump us we reserve the right to work on the one that we can easily answer first, but either way we will let you know when to look for your answer.

So what types of questions will we approach in this Blog. The answer is simple and far reaching. We will discuss any question that a normal family might come up with around the house in your normal day to day life. We will talk about some car repair questions, as well as home repair and remodeling questions, that I have come up against. We will also address some food preparation questions and house cleaning questions. We will even talk about some pet questions that I have come up against. The simple answer is we will approach any question your household might come up against in a normal day. Sorry we won’t try to answer who shot JFK or what is really going on in area 51. I am totally clueless on even how to find these and similar questions so if that is the type of question you are looking for answers to, check out other source I can’t help.

I have tracked down local experts in the area of the question as needed to find the answers and make then as understandable as possible. I look forward to hearing from you as well in response to our answers and how helpful you find them. Definitely let me know if I get an answer wrong so we can look into getting it corrected and reposted.

Our goal is to give you the best answers we can find and write them in a way that makes it very easy to understand. With that in mind each question will be responded to in individual posts and may be of sufficient length to cover the topic in detail. Bear with us as some posts will take longer to create in the way we want to present it.