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Can I modernize old sliding doors with new frames

No, the aluminum door frames are designed for specifically sized panes that work with each manufacturer's proprietary glazing strategy. Finding a door frame that would fit your glass would be ...
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Can I remove the doors before installing a sliding patio doors frame?

Don't do that! You will never get the frame aligned properly in the opening if you take the doors out. If you can't handle the door yourself, get someone to help. To elaborate a bit more. The ...
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How to correctly clamp a sliding frameless glass door panel in the slides?

I agree with Ecnerwal's general mounting advice. For a ballpark, a similar unit calls for 10 ft-lbs (14 Nm) of torque on the hex screws for "monolithic glass", or 4 ft-lbs [5 Nm] for "...
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How to correctly clamp a sliding frameless glass door panel in the slides?

I agree that a newly purchased product with no instructions and no manufacturer inormation should probably be returned (as much because things with "no manufacturer information" are usually ...
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One of my glass shower doors shattered! How can I get it replaced?

Check the yellow pages for custom glass shops. They can make or custom order the tempered glass and may have common sizes in stock. I replaced a large door a few years ago for on the order of $100 ...
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How can you reverse a sliding glass door?

With andersen the task of swapping sides is possible with a little work. What has to happen is all the holes for the handle, lock and latch has to be drilled into the opposite side. The most intricate ...
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Can I remove the doors before installing a sliding patio doors frame?

You can remove the active door to help with transporting it on site, but often the inactive door is permanently fixed and not easily removable. If it is easily removable for some reason, then sure go ...
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Non-glass options for custom shower door

Polycarbonate is used in many industrial machines I used to work on. It is like a very strong alternative to acrylic, it doesn't shatter easily and can be gotten in a good clear grade. More expensive ...
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How to build a sliding wall section

I have overseen the install of, and eventually tuned up a set of sliders that were 5 sections of glass panels 8 ft each. 2 of the panels, one at each end, were stationary, the other 3 were operable. ...
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How to repair bowed sliding door frame?

From you post it appears that the French doors are OK but the problem is with the sliding screen door. I'd get a 6.5' 2x4 and my car jack and try to lift up at the middle of the frame to see if it's ...
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Replacing the track and the rollers for a sliding glass door (kitchen to patio)

The only thing "standard" about sliding doors is that they have rollers and tracks. Beyond that there is no such thing as standard. If you start to look around for replacement rollers themselves you ...
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How do I secure an old aluminum/glass sliding door?

If the 2 door panel in the middle overlay each other completely, you can pilot holes through the first panel for the screw to slip through and a smaller pilot hole in the outside panel for the screw ...
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sliding door leaking air, is it installed correctly?

0.1 CFM air leakage is not exactly what I would call "very tight," but it's not terrible for a sliding door. Regardless, this looks like a problem with the installation more so than the door. The trim ...
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aluminum or vinyl for replacement glass sliding door?

Aluminum is heat conductive and sweats in the wintertime as moist, warm inside air hits it. Despite drainage built into the frame, the water also condenses on the outside of the frames and can rot out ...
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Installing sliding door into a larger rough opening

Yes you can put a smaller door in, going smaller is easier because the header is already there, make sure when you frame your smaller door to leave a little room and make sure it is square x measure ...
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Rust and misty glass door, repair or replace?

The seal would have had to have failed BEFORE your daughter squirted water on it. Her water getting in just alerted you to the problem. Give her a cookie and apologize for making her feel bad... In ...
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Can you use three 2x8 sandwiched with 1/2" plywood between to get a 16' header

A beam made up of multiple members with plywood spacers can be done, if the fasteners are up to code. However, that really isn't your question. You want to know if you can reduce the depth of your ...
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Sliding Glass Door Mortise Lock Replacement

In order to replace this lock, I needed to take the door off the track and then dismantle the aluminum frame with a block of 2x4. Once apart, I unscrewed the locking mechanics and then rotated the ...
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New sliding glass door not tight to original extension jambs

Why? If you asked the installer why there is a gap, then I am certain you would get a reason like: 'The original door was crooked' or 'The trim is wrong' or something else that puts the blame on ...
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Idea to seal (prevent water) in the gap between marble floor and fixed shower glass panel

Based on @Ack's recommendation, I found a silicone tape which I think has best the both words: protection of silicone but easier to remove/replace when necessary. See photo: I installed in the wet ...
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Idea to seal (prevent water) in the gap between marble floor and fixed shower glass panel

Piece of marble. https://www.homedepot.com/p/36-1-2-in-Cultured-Marble-Backsplash-in-White-UBS37Y-3Y/308002453?MERCH=REC--pipsem--205866101--308002453--N This is a 36 x 1/2 inch strip of marble. ...
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Idea to seal (prevent water) in the gap between marble floor and fixed shower glass panel

Clear silicone is very very very easy to take off marble and glass. There is no residue after hitting it with a glass scraper and some mineral spirits - a big shower is maybe 15 minutes. For ...
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Finishing drywall that abuts against metal frame prone to condensation

The correct way to butt your drywall into this (problematic) metal frame is pretty much what you described. Stop the drywall short about 1/4". Add an L-Bead, or J-Bead, leaving the ~1/4"+/- ...
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How to remove wooden screen door from the frame to replace screen

I have repaired a few screen sliders in the past several you just lifted the screen to the top and pull out at the bottom to remove. My current house the slider takes 2 people to remove lifting the ...
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ivy growing between sliding glass door frame

Having a picture would be good. If ivy is growing there, it means it is getting water somehow, which is bad. Just cutting the visible part will not fix the critical problem, which is the water supply. ...
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How to repair warped sliding door frame?

Here what I think happens. Door leads to deck, on heavy downpour deck floods and water works its way under door & frame. The wood swells and pushes door & frame out. Now screen doesn't work ...
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How to repair warped sliding door frame?

To me, “a warped frame” means twisted. In order to “fix” a twisted frame, you’ll need to 1) remove the track (threshold), 2) clean the track and where it’s placed, 3) straighten the track, and 4) re-...
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What handle and lock for sliding door with no internal mechanism?

This is somewhat of a tangent, but 1959 is early enough that it's possible that tempered/safety glass wasn't used in the door. (Internet says 1964 is when that requirement went into place in America.) ...
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Fixing Sliding Door Weather Stripping

Normally on the rear of the sliding portion of the door is a flap that engages at the last moment as the door closes. That may cover your gap. If you don't have one, you can add it (search for "...
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How can I prevent pets from passing through an open window?

I wouldn't trust a typical bug screen to keep a pet in (or out). But Google window pet mesh and you can find plenty of similar looking products specifically designed to stand up to pets, such as: ...
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