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Posted by Bill on October 3rd, 1999 08:09 AM
In reply to insalling sliding-glass door by Joe on September 30th, 1999 11:52 AM [Go to top of thread]

Depending on the size of the slider you will have to cut into the wall above the opening to install a new header. If the opening is already the size you require you are ahead of the game... Either way once opening is ready new door has to be centered & aligned to existing opening. Check corners to see how true (square) they are. Place the door in the opening with a 3'level true it up vertically. Place cedar shims top left & right on the verticals just to hold the door in place while you true it horizontally. Check to see how level the opening is horizontally if necessary shim both bottom corners to true it, place a 3" screw top left or right corner just to hold the door in place. At this point open the sliding door to a quarter inch gap, use shims on the vertical sides to square up the frame and acheive an even opening. You will need one shim in the center of the sill (bottom) adjust it accordingly to get the feature lines of the fixed and slider to line up. When the door is in place & you are pleased with it place 3" screws (3) in the verticals. Pull all the shims out except the ones under the sill, doors/windows should actually float in the existing opening. You will probably have to shim under the sill on the slider side to take out any movement when someone steps on it. Buy a can of foam to insulate around the frame.

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