How to install a sliding door

INSTALLING a sliding door is not a first-timer project. However, if you have some experience under your tool belt, as well as the necessary materials, it can be accomplished with relative ease.

You need:

- 1 SupaWood board 9mm

- 1 board 900 x 2000mm – door back

- 2 boards 60 x 900mm – door side frames

- 2 boards 60 x 78-mm – door top/bottom frames

- 4 boards 250 x 450mm – door panels

- Wall plugs and screws

- No More Nails adhesive

- Sliding door hardware

- Prominent Paints sheen – broken white (or choice of colour)

- Dremel Trio and angled cutting bit

- Drill/driver and assorted bits

- Impact drill and 6mm masonry bit

- Foam paint pad

- Paintbrush

- Clamps

- Spirit level

- Tape measure

- Pencil

You need to apply three coats of paint, allowing drying time between each coat.

• Having all your pieces cut to size means that this project is more assembly work than anything else.

If you own a Dremel Trio, you can use this to angle the edges of the door panels for a decorative finish.

Good to know

Using an angled cutting bit, the Dremel Trio allows you to create edges that are decorative. You could also use a router to do the same.

• Apply a bead of Pattex No More Nails adhesive down both the long sides of the door and glue the side frames in place. You can place the door back on the floor, as you do need a large, level and flat surface for this project.

• Mark 90mm in from the side panels and 200mm from the top and bottom. and draw a pencil line. Use this line to mount the door panels. Squeeze adhesive onto the back of the panels and follow your drawn marks for placing.

• Use No More Nails to affix the top and bottom frames in place.

With the door at a slight angle, fit the door hangers onto the track. Slowly level the door into place and make sure that it slides smoothly. Tighten all the required screws or nuts.

Good to know

You can use clamps to hold the sections together while they dry, but do not move the door until you are absolutely sure the adhesive has cured. If you try to move it while it is still wet, the panels will lift up.

• Apply a base coat of acrylic PVA using a foam applicator as it is easier to get into all the nooks and crannies with it. Plus, it leaves a smooth finish.

• You’ll need to apply a total of three coats of paint, allowing drying time between each coat.

• The sliding door kit should come complete with track, fastenings, hangers and handles. The hangers are screwed to the top of the door, the track is mounted onto the wall with wall plugs and screws.

• To mount the track onto the wall above the door, use a spirit level and pencil to mark the correct height. Depending on the style of track, follow the manufacturer’s instructions for mounting.

• With the door at a slight angle, fit the door hangers onto the track. Slowly level the door into place and make sure that it slides smoothly. Tighten all the required screws or nuts.

• Finally, fit the bottom door guide as instructed, making sure to adjust for the size and thickness of your particular door. – Janice Anderssen

Article courtesy of www.home-dzine.co.za.

- Property24

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