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Sliding glass to French door upgrade

Discussion in 'Garage / Workshop' started by meatman, Jun 24, 2014.

  1. Jun 24, 2014 at 2:31 PM
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    Curious as to how hard it is to upgrade sliding glass doors to french patio doors. I have measured them out and got the replacement and was wondering how hard is it to replace one for the other? Is this something that anyone can do or is it best left to the pro's. Any insight would be great.
     
  2. Jun 24, 2014 at 3:07 PM
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    Usually the rough opening for a french door is bigger than for a slider

    depending on swing
     
  3. Jun 24, 2014 at 5:20 PM
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    The opening is 72 x 80 for the sliding door and the recommended opening for the french door. btw it is a left hand inswing door
     
  4. Jun 24, 2014 at 5:43 PM
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    I would say as long as the rough opening is the same, anyone that is somewhat handy should be able to do this. Read the instructions carefully, so you don't end up with water leaks and so the door operates smoothly. It will get a little more difficult if the wall is a different thickness than the new door jam though.
    Good luck!
     
  5. Jun 24, 2014 at 7:07 PM
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    Inswing double 3' french door with an astragal should have a rough opening of 76" x 83"

    What size is your door unit ?
     
  6. Jun 24, 2014 at 7:57 PM
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  7. Jun 24, 2014 at 8:00 PM
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    that's why i went with it. what should i expect in the replacement of the old door. Also what should i get for the instillation.
     
  9. Jun 24, 2014 at 9:06 PM
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    Is the slider metal , wood , vinyl ?
     
  10. Jun 25, 2014 at 6:16 AM
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    Metal slider
     
  11. Jun 25, 2014 at 7:18 AM
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    So it most likely has a nailing flange , this flange is nailed to the wall sheathing and then the siding or trim laps over it .

    You will have to remove any exterior trims and possibly cut back the siding to remove the slider in that case
     
  12. Jun 25, 2014 at 8:44 AM
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    This project is starting to sound like its more than i can handle correctly and a big "i told you so" from the wife.. I think i will let someone who does this for a living handle it.
    Thanks for the info.
     
  13. Jun 25, 2014 at 11:21 AM
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    I don't know your skill level, but I still think you should read up on the instructions before giving up. Homeowners change doors and windows out all the time.
     
  14. Jun 25, 2014 at 12:38 PM
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    I have replaced several doors before (front,basement) but they were replaced with the same kind. I have not given up and are watching some videos but it looks like 2 people would be alot easier. Also i have got a few friends that are builders by trade and could swap out some of their help for deer processing
     
  15. Jul 23, 2014 at 3:42 PM
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    Contacted a contractor friend of mine and with his help we (or he) got the door replaced. I'm glad i left it to the pro's because he had to deal with some 20 yr old issues.. happy wife, happy life:)

    Before:
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    And after:
    [​IMG]

    Best of all we traded out deer processing for his time.
     
  16. Jul 23, 2014 at 3:43 PM
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    Nice
     
  17. Jul 23, 2014 at 5:09 PM
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    Awesome! Looks great
     
  18. Jul 24, 2014 at 1:46 PM
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    Thanks guy's. As long as the wife is happy then i will be happy.
    Next up is new flooring:(
     
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