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Old 08-13-2011, 10:24 AM   #16
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You are going to have to figure this one out ---that's an old door---it might even have top rollers that can be lowered---typically the bottom is pulled into the room.

Usually there is an adjustment for each wheel also---

are you sure that there are not two holes on the bottom face of the door?
There is the hole on each side for wheel adjustment and the other screw is to pull the bottom frame off to get to the wheels. Also, I remember the door got stuck once and when I forced it there was a blue plastic guide wheel that snapped and fell out of the top part of the door. I'm going to the bears game today, but I will have to get a friend over here tomorrow to help me lift that door and see which way it will go. I'll wd40 soak it today though. I'll play with those top scerws also and see if infact they can lower any sort of guide pieces left up there.

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Old 08-13-2011, 10:28 AM   #17
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Old 08-14-2011, 01:19 PM   #18
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Those old doors can be a real pain, get some help. when you get the doors out a good glass shop should have replacement rollers. good ideal to lube once a year to help them keep from locking up.
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Old 02-18-2014, 07:22 AM   #19
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I have a 4' Pella slider and it has similar adjustment screws/holes as the pics in this post.

I've adjusted some Pella rollers like this before, on other doors, and had to use an 8" Phillips screwdriver.

On the 4' door I'm working on now, the Phillips screwdriver won't find a screw in there!

Any chance that Pella uses Allen screws for their rollers?

It's so deep in there that you just can't see the screw head. Just get a metal on metal sound when inserting a screwdriver.

Tips appreciated.
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Old 02-18-2014, 10:14 AM   #20
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Look something like this"

http://www.swisco.com/Pella-Patio-Gl...Rollers/81-098

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Old 02-18-2014, 06:08 PM   #21
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I'm familiar with the Swisco and have used several on other houses.

The problem here is the present rollers are jacked to about the highest setting, and as mentioned earlier, when I try to feel the phillips screw just as pictured with the swisco, I feel nothing....just metal to metal, but nothing like a screw head. Other pellas have had a phillips screw.

It's too dark to see. Curious if anyone has ever seen a Pella slider with allen screws, though I have no allen wrenches that long to even try!

otherwise I'm up a creek without a paddle, and the door is non removable with the rollers set so high as you can't push it up and swing it out! yikes
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Sounds like its time to purchase on of those flex cams to see what is going on in the hole
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I've never met a sliding glass door I liked. It's french patio doors hinged in the middle with a standard knob and deadbolt into the JAMB only for me.
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I like the flex cam idea.

It might be a challenge initially as the opening is likely just over a quarter of an inch. Could do some drilling, but I hate to go too big. Not sure of the cam sizes.

If it's not an Allen screw, I suspect that the roller might have settled upward into the wood door a bit more that the desired depth and that could put the screw slightly out of alignment with the hole! not sure though

I suppose a slightly larger hole, even without the cam could be worth a try too.
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I talked to the field service rep for Pella today and he says my door appears to be trash.

Viewed from the outside it looks fine however he feels that rot is the likely suspect here.

He has seen misalignment between the access hole and the roller adjustment caused by rot. He says 100% of the Pella sliders have phillips screws for for the roller set adjustment. No allen screws.

Funny thing here is it looks fine from the outside. it is a triple 4'0 unit and I estimate the cost at north of $6000 plus labor.

That is a hard pill to swallow for Pella's Architectural Series, where I first noticed a problem at about the 8 year mark.
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Most require lowering the rollers so that you can lift the door up and out of the track.
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Anderson doors have a removable strip at the top---what brand is the door?
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examine around for a place to adjust the rollers to get the door out. On anything that sticks, use silicone on the track.

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