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LP Patio door

A home owner from Westerville, Ohio says:
I want to reverse my patio door and put the stationary part on the left, the slider on the right.

The track appears identical inside and out. Last night I removed the screws at the middle of the door on the outside to see if the "finishing moulding" would just slide off. It does not, what is holding it stationary? Would it be glued ir caulked under there?

If that piece were removed I am sure the stationary door would just slide over to the right. All I would have to do then is take the lock off the movable door, fill the holes and drill 3 holes to but the lock on the other side of the frame. The reciever for the lock pins is just screwed on the inside of the door frame and voila it would be done.

What holds that "finish moulding" outside and how do I get it off to slide the door over?

Thanks, Carla
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Dave from SWISCO responded:
Thanks for posting on our Discussion Board, Carla. I hope I can help you out with this problem.

There are a few things that could be holding in that stationary door. Check for screws on the inside of the door against the jamb of the frame. Also, where the two doors meet in the middle, look for screws on the top and bottom track. Lastly, you could have a sill cover on the bottom of the track holding in the stationary door. If you have one of the older aluminum patio doors (not the new vinyl), you might be able to just remove the door rails off the sides of the doors and reposition them to how you want the door to open. You might want to check with a glass shop or someone familiar with your doors so not to damage the glass or track.
A quick learner from Ohio says:
Wood LP door circa 1998 ish. No screws on the jam frame will check the sill cover. Does that just pop off or what. No screws visible anywhere else.
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Dave from SWISCO responded:
I'm not too familiar with wood patio doors. However, I do know that Andersen wood doors have a top header wood trim that run the whole length of the door frame. With an Andersen door, what you have to do is to remove that wood trim and the door then just drops out from the top. That may be the case here.

You just have to be careful when you do that, as the door really will drop. I recommend having someone help you; having an extra hand around could save you from any accidents.

Now, like I said, I think that there's a chance that your LP doors work this same way, but I could be wrong. Have you tried contacting "LP" directly to see if they are still in business, or if they have any information available? I believe that the LP stands for Louisiana Pacific.
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