Forum Title: Re-Using Sliding Glass Doors
Anyone ever come by a DIY project that you could re-use 2 sliding glass door panels... I just replaced my sliding glass doors with French doors and I really don't want to take the glass doors to the landfill... Just trying to re-use what we have instead of throwing it away... Thanks, Brent
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: GINA SUTTON (Greenville, SC), 01/11/2019

Hi mlucey, welcome. When composing a message there is an icon you can click to insert pictures. However you first have to upload the picture onto the internet, either to a file sharing website, or a website of your own. Then you can link to the pictures. You can't just link to a picture that is on your computer or cut and paste. To answer some of your questions, there are probably several ways to go about it. You can install from the outside. You can leave the drywall, but in order to seal up the window the best, you might want to remove the drywall. Your new window will probably also be a lot thicker than your old one, so you may end up removing the old window, then you'd be attempting to cut out about 2 of drywall around the perimeter which isn't as easy as it sounds. With basement windows, it's usually best to have a completely clean masonry opening, install the window, insulate around the perimeter of the window, then caulk both sides to the masonry opening, then finish the interior and exterior as desired. With drywall on one side, you will have to insulate from the exterior side, and you won't be able to caulk the interior to the masonry, which might cause some problems with air/moisture infiltration. If your cement blocks on bottom are open, you will need to pour a sloped cement cap. This is best done using a portland cement mix. It's cheap and you can mix what you need by hand in a 5 gallon bucket. You can either tear out the window, board it up from the inside, make the cap, wait for it to cure, then install the window... or you can tear out the old window, install the new one, then mortar up to the bottom of the new window with your cap. It's up to you. One thing you'll have to do regardless is wait for the cement to cure before you can caulk the new window to the new cement cap. (caulk doesn't stick well to green cement) To fill the void in the block some ppl will stuff them with newspaper, or fiberglass, or fill them with expanding foam. Whatever method you choose, it just needs to be packed tight so as to hold your fresh mortar (which will be kind of heavy.)

- CHRISTINA HOWARD (Union City, CA), 02/14/2019

But being tempered, you can't cut it, so it must be used full size. I made my wife a nice seeding platform using a sliding glass door unit as the top panel. Fixed hinges on the back and the sun does the rest.

- TAMARA HORTON (Federal Way, WA), 03/02/2019

Years ago I gave an old sliding glass door unit to a friend. He wanted to open up a wall in his dining rm. I didn't realize at the time I'd also have to come over and help in install it.

- FREDDIE REESE (Citrus Heights, CA), 02/08/2019

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