Sliding Door Hardware: Installing Sliding Closet Doors

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We have all had it happen. Our sliding closet doors start to come off the track, they are old, or they are just plain ugly. Most people dread the idea of having to try to put in new sliding closet doors. You may think it is too hard, or too big of a job. While it my not be a simple 5-minute job, putting in new sliding closet doors does not have to be a dreaded task. By simply following these simple steps, you will be able to replace those old, ugly, worn out sliding closet doors in no time at all.

Tools and Materials Needed

- Drill
- Screwdrivers
- Tape Measure
- Safety Glasses
- Hacksaw
- Pencil

Select Your Room and Style

This is one of the most fun parts of this job. Once you have selected the room you want to hang your new sliding doors in, then you can take some time to choose what style of sliding doors you want. Select the style you want, usually something that matches the rest of your dcor will work best.

*If you choose unfinished doors, then paint or stain them before you hang/install.

Remove Old Doors

Go ahead and lift the old doors up and out away from the tracks. Most of these types of doors actually ride on the overhead track (the bottom track is for guiding the door). There is probably a small lever that you can hold down to release the door off of its track. If not, then just lift the door out of the track and proceed.

*Be sure to wear your safety glasses during this procedure, as you dont want debris flying into your eyes.

Remove All Old Hardware

You wont need any of the old hardware, as your new doors should have come with everything needed. Use your screwdriver and remove all of the old screws that are holding the tracks in place. You can also remove all brackets and discard them.

Measure the New Track

Use the old track to measure the correct length. Once you get the correct measurements, go ahead and take a hacksaw and cut the new track where needed. Place the new track where the old track was.

*It may be helpful to have a friend hold the track in place while you put in the new screws.

If your new track has different placement for screws, then take your drill and/or hammer and nail it into the proper position for the new screws. Make sure that the screws are well sealed, but at the same time not too tight, as you dont want to warp the track.

Hang the New Doors

Place the bottom track on the floor and then hang the door. To properly hang, hang the back sliding door, then the front sliding door. Allow the doors to hang until they find the center of the bottom track. Once this position is known, mark the position of the lower track on the doorjamb, then mark each screw hole along the floor.

Attach the lower track, and then re-hang the doors again starting with the back door. Attach the doors to the lower track and slide them gently back and forth. Now you can enjoy the smooth and gently sliding and gliding of your new doors.
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This article was published on 2011/01/20