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Old 11-11-2018, 01:09 PM   #1
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Need help to stop sliding glass shower doors from scraping track


Our 1930 house has an old sliding glass door in the shower. It's framed, and I think it's called a bypass door. There are rollers at the top that run within a rail, and the bottom of the doors fit into a metal track. I've attached pictures.

The problem is that the bottom of the doors scrape against the track. The tracks are completely clean, as is the frame at the bottom of the door. I have tried applying dry silicone both to the bottom sides of the doors and to the track but that doesn't help. There does not seem to be any adjustment screw to raise the doors. When I remove the door bottoms from the track but leave them attached to the rail at the top, they slide very easily and quietly on the rollers.

I noticed what looked like the very thin remnants of a brown strip at the bottom sides of each door. I'm wondering whether originally there was some sort of felt strip there or something, to prevent scraping.

Does anyone here know anything about this? Thanks
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Old 11-11-2018, 02:56 PM   #2
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Have you inspected the wheels?
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Have you inspected the wheels?
There are no wheels on the bottom, only the rollers on the top that fit into the rail. The bottom sides of the doors move within the tracks but do not touch the bottom of the track (they're suspended about 1/4" above the bottom of the track). When I remove the door bottoms from the track but leave them attached to the rail at the top, they slide very easily and quietly on the rollers.

Are you suggesting that if there was something wrong with the rollers on top that in some way that could cause scraping on the track at the bottom?
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Chances are that there was some sort of a vinyl guide on the bottom rails that aided the door to slide easily, and over the past has wore off and been taken out by someone, because it was protruding out and catching bare skin.

Is there a label or plate somewhere marking the manufacturer and model?

If you know who that is, try to contact them for a sketch of how to maybe adjust the upper rollers, or if a guide strip was on the bottom.


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There are no wheels on the bottom, only the rollers on the top that fit into the rail. The bottom sides of the doors move within the tracks but do not touch the bottom of the track (they're suspended about 1/4" above the bottom of the track). When I remove the door bottoms from the track but leave them attached to the rail at the top, they slide very easily and quietly on the rollers.

Are you suggesting that if there was something wrong with the rollers on top that in some way that could cause scraping on the track at the bottom?
If they stop turning they may still slide and where a flat spot. I am not saying that is the problem, it should just be ruled out.
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Old 11-11-2018, 11:12 PM   #6
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If they stop turning they may still slide and where a flat spot. I am not saying that is the problem, it should just be ruled out.


Ok, thanks. I just checked and they are definitely turning.


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Ok, thanks. I just checked and they are definitely turning.


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There is a nylon tape they put under drawers for sliders.
https://www.rockler.com/nylo-tape-fr...wer-slide-tape
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Neal's idea is the best but you could try gluing a thin nylon washer to each side of the bottom corner using hot glue. That should keep the door frame and the side of the bottom track separate as the door moves.
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There is a nylon tape they put under drawers for sliders.
https://www.rockler.com/nylo-tape-fr...wer-slide-tape


Thanks, Neal. At the same time you wrote this I found out about UHMW self-adhesive tape and ordered some from Amazon. Very thin very slippery stuff, looks similar to the Nylo tape.


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I've had the nylon wheels wear down in diameter. That will lower your panel and possibly cause your rubbing problem. You might want to take the panels off so you can see the wheels and check their condition. In a lot of cases, they're mounted in and angled slot which lets you adjust the height. New wheels can be had at Home Depot in the Hardware's department.
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