Forum Title: Sliding screen door madness
For years and years I fought with the cheap one size fits all screen door on our 80x36 glass slider. The thing would not stay in adjustment, the screws would strip out, I had to put one of those metal mesh dog panels on the bottom of the door just to get some sort of torsional rigidity in the frame, the rollers such that they did not roll worth a darn etc etc etc. The thing got knock out of the tracks again today and I have had it. I'm tired of patching the thing together. So what do I do? Go to lowes and buy another one for $50 and another dog guard for $30 but this one said, heavy duty on it. I'm sure it would be better built than my old one... wrong, same piece of junk build. One size fits none - 75-81 in height. The screws in the bottom roller panel came pre-stripped out because the holes were drilled too close to the edge of the paper thin aluminum. which meant the door could not be adjusted up enough to come anywhere close to fitting the 80 door frame. I lost it at that point and threw the damn door across the backyard where it will stay until Monday when I return it to get my money back. Whew, thanks for listening to my rant. Now... Somebody must manufacture sliding screen doors to fit these standard sized door frames that at least have some robustness to them? Anybody? Seems there would be a non-custom standard model of higher quality than these adjustomatics from the box stores? Do builders really put these pieces of junk in the $400-600K spec houses I see all around our area? There must be a higher quality alternative without having to go the custom build route?? Thanks Wayne
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: BESSIE VAUGHN (Milpitas, CA), 01/10/2019

If your current door sill is flat, then yes, you could set the new door on top of it, provided the height would be acceptable if you do that. But most old door sills are sloped, and the side jambs of the door are usually nailed to the sides of the sill. When you remove the old door, the old sill usually comes out with the jambs, revealing the floor joists below. This usually has to be built back up flat to an appropriate level, so that the new door will clear the floor (and rug) as it swings into the home. A piece of nose trim is usually installed over the front of your new subsill... something thicker than the exterior trim... so yes, you'll have a sort of step there. You will probably want your new door to sit about 1/4 below your finished floor, if that is possible. This will give you about 1 of space between the finished floor and the door as it swings open into the home. If you'd like more of the sill to be covered with your aluminum threshold, you can often get a sill extension that snaps into the front of your sill, and makes it a little longer. These extensions come in various widths, depending on the need. But they are often a special order part. And they do not work with all doors. Some sills don't have the notch in the front of them that is needed to snap on a sill extension.

- CASSANDRA SWANSON (Oshkosh, WI), 03/06/2019

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