Have you noticed it’s more difficult to slide your patio door open and closed? It might be because the rollers on the bottom of the door - the hardware that makes it operate - requires maintenance. After years of use dirt, dried leaves and dead bugs can clog the lubrication in the track of the door so the movable panel is difficult to move. Step one is to clean out the debris with the crevice tool of a vacuum or Shop-Vac, but it that doesn’t help and improve its movement, replace the old rollers with new track hardware.
This is not trivial, because you have to remove the movable door panel to remove the old rollers and install the new hardware. A handyman will make this repair for $110, but you can buy the replacement hardware for $35, do it yourself and save 68%. To do the job you need a pair of sawhorses or sturdy work surface for the door panel and a helper to remove and put it in place. We found replacement hardware at www.Allaboutdoors.com in the “Sliding Glass Patio Door Hardware & Parts” category.
As long as you have the door removed, take the opportunity to thoroughly clean the upper and lower door tracks. The crevice tool works well to ferret out hardened dirt and debris; then give the tracks a good cleaning. You may have to use cotton Q-tips to remove dirt from inside tight corners. Reinstall the panel with new hardware in the tracks and make any adjustments required to get the panel sliding smoothly.
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Pro Cost — DIY Cost — Pro time — DIY Time — DIY Savings — Percent Saved
$110 — $35 — 1.5 — 2.3 — $75 — 68%
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