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Installing a Sliding Glass Door

The frame of our back door began to buckle and crack. Exposed to 10 years of southern sun, the wood frame dried out; the door was no longer energy efficient.

We selected a sliding glass door with a vinyl frame and in-glass blinds. This not only updated the look in our kitchen, it improved the energy efficiency of the entrance and improved the privacy factor.

We opted to install the door ourselves, and the video shows you how we did it. This DIY project does require basic knowledge of tools and installation skills, but if you read the manufacturer's directions, watch our video, and enlist the help of a couple of friends, you could do this project.

However, if after watching the video, you feel the project is beyond your skill set, then spend the money and have it installed by a professional.

Supplies and Tools

  • Sliding Glass Door with Vinyl Frame
  • Paint and paint supplies (optional)
  • Screwdriver
  • Hammer
  • Linolium knife or comparable tools
  • Pry bar
  • Bolt On Driver : reciprocating saw; screwdriver; extension for screwdriver
  • Mallet
  • Utility knife
  • Nail gun and air compressor
  • Table saw if cutting trim
  • Silicone

A note about the Bolt On System: This tool is from Craftsman, and the driver is the base for the modular system of tools. These tools include a drill, of course, and a router, reciprocating saw, jigsaw, hammer drill, sander, trim saw, and host of others. Bob used the Bolt On in this video, but of course the comparable tools will do the job.

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