Forum Title: Sliding patio screen door hard to move
Not sure of the manufacturer, other stuff in the house is Peachtree doors and Norco windows (which became Jeld Wen). House is about 15 yrs old. The door itself is a center hinge one side (that opens) wood door. The sliding patio screen door is the problem. To me it has NEVER been really right, so may be a long standing error being made worse with time. The door just binds up and has fallen off the track on the bottom too many times to count. Often I just open the screen and leave the ting open instead of dealling with it, it's that constant and bad. There seem to be way too much up and down play. This has the adjusters with the 2 small holes on the bottom and 2 on the top that move a plastic spiral like cam that move the rollers up/down. The rollers should be riding on a lip. There is a lip on the bottom track, but none on the top. So that missing track on the top is I guess question #1, shouldn't there be a lip or track on top as well as the bottom? The rollers are there, the rollers have a groove in the middle, but nothing like a track up on top, just a groove which is wide enough for the door to fit in to. (I can get pictures and post if it would help). Second problem I noted today: If you open the sliding screen door 1/2 way, I am noticing there seems to be a sway or dip in the bottom track. Unsure why it would do that, possibly rotting sill plate (the wood under where the track is, the track and the threshold is all aluminum stuff). Not really wanting to replace the whole thing, unless all the wisdom here tells me otherwise, is this something I could buy a replacement door for the whole thing? Or would I be looking at having to redo vinyl and all that? If I could figure out a way to get the sliding screen to work we are otherwise happy with the door itself (the hinged part, not the sliding screen, I am harboring a LOT of anger for the sliding screen door!). I'm about at my wits end with the slider. Thanks for any replies, again I can get some pictures up if someone is interested enough but not understanding the problems. Gilly
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: JEFF HARPER (Kettering, OH), 01/19/2019

Hi Nando, difficult to sound proof, as in stop all sound, but you can reduce the amount of sound. If the doors are not directly opposite each other, then the sound has to bounce off of the hallway walls, back and forth, to move from one room to the other, at least some of the sound. So any sound absorbing material installed along the hallway will get you started. Next, would be weather strip the doors, not to save on heat, but to air seal them so sound doesn't move directly past the door. Then add something like acoustical tile material (as used in drop ceilings) on each door. They don't have to be glued in place, in fact loose is better. You could hang them from straps that go up, over, and all the way around each door. Both sides would increase to attenuation of sound energy. Now you may not want to mention this to your fianc�e, but the more furniture and things you have in a room the more it will reduce the sound. Enjoy your, soon to be, new addition. Bud

- CHRISTY BALL (Lorain, OH), 03/04/2019

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