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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 06:40 PM Thread Starter
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Building stacking sliding door help

Hi everyone,

I am working at a coffee shop this year (and hopefully a few more) and we have a dreadful two panel door on the pasty display. It was sloppily drilled on about a year ago. It's there to keep the flies out, but it mostly looks bad, doesn't open all the way and is just terrible. I offered to help fix/replace it. Do any of you have any tips on creating a stacking sliding door system that doesn't get caught? I've never built something like this before, but it's exactly what the display needs!

I'm just looking for some tips! Particularly on making the doors slide smoothly.

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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 08-31-2015, 07:42 PM
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Sorry! I would guess that you have come to the wrong site for homeowner DIY projects. This forum deals with DIY projects for planted fish tanks.
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Yeah I know, but I figure it's similar to some projects people do for reptile tanks. I just wanted to see if I could get any pointers. I'm pretty confident that I can get it done either way.
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Okay. No problem on that. I quess I missed on the description of the doors wanted. On the theory that most any response is useful for keeping the subject alive, maybe a bump will get another thought going?
Are these hanging doors that one passes in front of the other? What I call bypass doors. A track at the top and bottom where the two doors ride?
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Yeah the track on top and bottom is the plan
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Can you see a point on the doors or the track where it is hanging up and not moving correctly? This sounds quite like problems with closet doors that I've dealt with. There are often rollers at the top and some type of guide at the bottom. Lots of small things that can go wrong. Things like the wheels rubbed flat or loose or the track bent? If you can find where it is hanging that will be a start.
Easier to replace one small part if that part can be found but at times it may need a whole new track and wheels to match if things are too far gone.
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Nothing is wrong, but mostly because I haven't built it yet. I was looking to see if anyone had any secrets to get it running smoothly when I did set it up. Sorry if that wasn't clear!
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I might suggest looking for the bypass door tracks that are made to build closet doors. If one can be found that fits the door thickness, they can be cut to fit the width. Maybe a place to start but then I've not done any work on that type doors!!
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