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How to Repair and Replace Sliding Closet Doors

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By : Jilda Peterson    99 or more times read
The sliding door is always a wise choice for closets due to the fact that they are easy to use and they give you almost instantaneous access to the closet’s contents. But like any good thing, sometimes the sliding closet door needs to be repaired or replaced, usually due to wear and tear or from something going wrong with the working mechanisms of the door. Luckily, it doesn’t take a lot of effort to fix or replace the sliding closet door; in fact, you can complete a repair or install a new one in just one evening once you have purchased the right parts.

Getting to the Root of the Problem
Getting to the root of the problem is your first step when you are looking to repair or replace a sliding closet door. For a simple problem like the door sticking, finding the source of the stick and then adjusting it before more damage results from the door being forced open or shut is important. Often the problem will be that the door has become disengaged from its track, or that it will not close completely. Such issues usually require only a simple adjustment or two, or cleaning or replacing a part. In other instances, you may need new door hardware.

Sliding Doors that Stick or Won’t Close Completely
The source of most sticking doors is worn door rollers; this is an easy replacement, but be certain that you choose the correct replacement parts. The best way to do this is to take the worn out part to the hardware store with you to select a new one, or to consult your original door owner’s manual to ensure compatibility of the parts you choose. What sometimes happens, also, is that a homeowner lays down new carpet or flooring and then the door suddenly won’t close properly or sticks. Raising the height of the sliding door is a simple task that can eliminate this problem, or by using the height adjustment screws or knows on the back of the door. You can also trim away a small amount of material from the bottom of the door. If the problem lies in the overhead track that the sliding door travels on, check to make sure that it has not become loosened over time. By merely tightening the screws that secure the track, a sticking door is often corrected. For sliding closet doors that will not completely close, check the floor guide to see if it is loosened or damaged, and then tighten the screws and straighten the guide to fix it.

Sliding Doors that “Jump” off Track
Many homeowners are perplexed when their sliding closet doors jump off of the track that holds them in place. Often the culprit here is a dirty track, so cleaning it with a mild cleaning solution and vacuuming the track is needed. You must also check for obstructions and make certain that all screws on the track are securely tightened; sometimes a screw that has become loosened will obstruct the track and keep the door from moving along like it should. If the track is bent, you can try to straighten it by lightly pounding on it with a hammer, using a wood scrap as a cushion. For overhead tracks, a pair of pliers can sometimes be used to straighten a bent track.

If your sliding closet doors are severely damaged, you may need to replace the door hardware or even the door. When the hardware needs replacing, it is often the best practice to purchase a full kit that includes the track, roller, and guides. This will ensure that the parts you buy are fully compatible with each other and your door. Most models of sliding closet door hand from an upper track, which makes it simple to remove the door – you simply lift it up and out of the track. Others may have a locking mechanism or a particular position that it must be put in before you can lift it out. Once the door has been removed, you can replace the hardware and the track, with the old hardware as a guide for positioning, and then re-install the door onto the track.
Jilda Peterson from, has skills in all areas of outdoor wall decor paying special attention to wine wall decor.

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