Maintaining Sliding Aluminum Patio Doors in Proper Ways
Having a beautiful patio can be an advantage for everyone. Patio is an outdoor place which can be useful for many utilities. It is the best place for outdoor necessities. Many people love to use their patios to enjoy their many outdoor livings. Some activities like playing, relaxing, and reading can be more fun on a patio. Moreover, if the patio has beautiful appearance, many people will have no worry of inviting some friends or coworkers for gathering or party on their patios. The gathering or party will be a pleasure moment. If you are planning to make your patio looks more beautiful, adding sliding aluminum patio doors can be a good choice. Sliding aluminum patio doors are quite easy to maintain. You need to know how to maintain them before purchasing or installing them. These are how to maintain sliding aluminum patio doors.
Adjusting the Wheels
Sliding aluminum patio doors are located at the end of the bottom section of doors. Some patio doors have a blank plug which is covering the adjustment hole. You can remove the plug and use a torch to shine into the bottom section of the door to find out where the screw is located or to find out what type of screw it is. There are two screws that are visible maybe. A screw is for an adjustment screw and another is a fixing screw which holds the patio frame together. Use a long screwdriver to turn the adjusting screw to raise the patio. Adjust both wheels the same and check if the patio is level by almost closing the door and noting the gap between the door and the frame. Adjust the wheels until the gap is even all the way down. You may need to move the door locking keeper on the frame after adjusting the wheels. If this didn’t solve the problem you may need to replace the patio wheels.
Removing Sliding Aluminum Patio Door to Lubricate the Wheels
In order to replace the wheels of sliding aluminum patio doors, you have to remove the door from the frame first. Adjust the wheels down to the lowest level by following the instructions above, but now turn the wheel adjusting screws on both doors in different direction. This will give you more room to remove the patio door. After following those instructions, you can try to lubricate or replace the wheels if you think they are not slide well.
Removing the Wheels
Place the sliding aluminum patio doors on trestles and examine the patio wheels. It may be that they just need cleaning and lubricating. If they are damaged, you will have to replace them. You need to remove the two screws holding the bottom section of the frame. There is one screw either side of the bottom section. Once these have been removed the bottom section can be prized away from the rest of the frame. Be careful not to lever against the glass or you could shatter it. When the bottom section is clear from the rest of the frame you will be able to remove the wheels. Some wheels have a screw holding them in and some are pressed into a holding bracket. If the retaining screws have rusted you can carefully drill them out, taking care not to make the hole in the bottom section any bigger.
After fitting the new wheels for sliding aluminum patio doors, make sure that they are adjusted completely flat or into the bottom section. This will give you more room when re-fitting the patio door. The wheels can be adjusted to the correct height after the door is fitted into the frame. Spray the wheels with a silicone lubricating spray. Before re-fitting the door, clear out any debris such as leaves and dirt from the track and spray the track, locking mechanism and top door channel with a silicone lubricating spray. Re-fit the door and adjust the wheels as described above.
Those are some examples of maintaining sliding aluminum patio doors which are collected from many sources. Make sure you understand the steps before following them. Asking some professionals for advice is always recommended and it is always a good idea. They are the best persons to be asked for advice and help.