|I only wrote this article because I spent 15 minutes
looking for a clear explanation on how to adjust patio or sliding door
rollers/wheels and didn't find one. I have four patio doors and one had
gotten out of plumb.
How Patio Door Rollers Work and How to Adjust Them
The (blue) roller's axle/shaft goes through both slots -- the vertical slot in the main housing (black) and the 45° angled one in the adjusting frame (red). When the adjusting screw (green) is tightened, it pulls on the adjusting frame. This in turn causes the axle (and thus the roller) to be forced down in the red slot causing the door to rise. When the adjusting screw is loosened the weight of the door pushes the axle/roller up in the black slot. The adjusting frame follows, because it is now free to move.
If this explanation is not clear, please write and ask a question.
As it turned out my roller is either bottomed out (axle as high in the slot as it can go), or it is frozen. So, the screw began backing out (unscrewing). If yours does this stop quickly or you may back it all the way out of the adjusting frame and be unable to put it back in.
Some time ago they made these assemblies from steel that rusts, thus they could freeze from the rust. Now, and for several years, they've been made of stainless steel, thus ending this problem.
Rollers can wear out. If your doors are more than 10 years old and hard to slide they may need to be replaced.
For an explanation on how to replace these rollers
For an article on sliding door tune-up
|There's a good chance a local hardware store will have replacement rollers for your doors but if not, this place has virtually every kind ever made:|