01:50PM | 10/29/02
Member Since: 10/28/02
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I am about to replace my old sliding doors with a new "RSL Inc. Patio Door" door that I purchased from Lowe's.
These doors are supposed to be a direct replacement for my sliding doors. They measure 8' wide and seem to add up equally.

My question is, in addition to removing the existing sliding door, what other things should I prepare for before and after installing the new doors? Will I need special tools?

Thanks to all inadvance!


03:06AM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
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It's not complicated if the opening is "standard". I've had one that was troublesome to fit and two that were not.
The most important thing for making the door work smoothly and well is to be certain that the bottom of the frame is flat and level, and that the sides are square. If necessary, shim for level and square. I prefer to use pressure treated wood for
Keep in mind that the entire length of the bottom of the frame should be supported, or it will eventually bow.


10:15AM | 10/30/02
Member Since: 10/28/02
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One more question, what are those little caps in the bag taped to the windows for?


04:04AM | 10/31/02
Member Since: 03/13/00
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Are you talking about the rubber stoppers? They usually put in one or two of those. They are to prevent the sliding door from slamming into the frame if opened too hard. There is also a piece that's used as a "lock" to prevent the fixed glass door from moving. Other than that I don't know. Got instructions?


11:34AM | 10/31/02
Member Since: 10/28/02
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Thanks, I actually asked a neighbor about these also.
These are supposed to be used to cover the screws which hold the windows in place - the border/molding around the windows.
I'm sorry I didn't make my self clear earlier. I was talking about replacing my sliding door with "french doors?" they're supposed to be a direct replacement.


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