Replacing Your Sliding Glass Doors
Replacing your old sliding doors can be a great way to give your home a new look without spending a lot of money. Before replacing the doors, you have to take measurements for the replacement one. Measure across the top, center, and bottom of the door frame. Keep in mind the smallest dimension. Then, the measurements should be taken at the point where the frame ends and the plaster or drywall starts. When all the measurements are taken, check for the narrowest one and subtract ¾th inch from it. The resultant value will be the width of the new door. Now, take the measurements of the height. Measure the right, left, and center side from the ground. Subtract ½thinch from the narrowest dimensions. The figure you obtain will be the height of your new door. The next thing you need to decide is whether to install a retrofit or a replacement frame. If you choose to install the former, then there will be no need to trim the outside. If you want to use the latter, then outside trimming becomes essential.
Before installing new sliding doors, first check the floor level. Place two 3″ drywall screws on both sides above the top hinges. The gap between the head jamb and the doors should be checked to ensure whether it is even, across the entire width. Following this, fix the hinge jamb using two 3″ drywall screws. Take off any pre-hanging braces or clips, and make sure that both the glass doors operate properly. While setting the door in place, lift it and set its bottom on the top of the shims. From inside the house, place the glass into the gap between the wall framing and door jamb. On the outside, caulk around the brick mold.