Adjusting A Sliding Door In Your House
A sliding door is supposed to glide along the tracks, not jump, jerk and get stuck as you attempt to open or close it. There are several ways to adjust a sliding door in your house. These are some of them. Firstly, vacuum the lower door track with the sliding door closed. Open the sliding door to vacuum the other half of the lower track. Locate the adjustment covers that hide the adjustment screws for the rollers. The covers will be on the lower inside frame toward each end of the door. Some covers are on the edge of the door on both ends toward the bottom. Insert a flathead screwdriver into the slot on the cover and turn the cover counterclockwise to remove it from the door. Some covers will pop off by inserting the screwdriver between the cover and the door frame. Turn the adjustment screws for the roller counterclockwise with the screwdriver to lower the door. Test the operation of the door to see if it glides smoothly. If you need to raise the door, pry the door edge up slightly, then turn the adjustment screw clockwise.
Place the door latch in the lock position with the door open. There is a screw directly above the latch on the edge of the door. Turn the screw counterclockwise to adjust the latch with the screwdriver. This will pull the latch into the door and tighten the seal between the door and the jamb when the door is closed and locked. Unlock the latch and close the sliding door. Lock the latch and pull on the door slightly to inspect the play. There should be little movement when you pull slightly on the door handle.