Maintaining sliding door

A quick learner from Tarrytown, NY says:
To remove the sliding door for maintenance, must I first remove the fixed door?
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Tom from SWISCO responded:
Yes, you will need to remove the fixed door from the outside first. See the video below for more information.
A professional from CA says:
There are three normal configurations:

:: 1) Slider outside - screen inside
Rare. Only a few companies made these. Pella, Guaranteed, Arcadia, Ador(?)
Pella is the only one still in business (that I know of)

:: 2) Slider outside - screen outside
Very common 1960's - 1980's
Screen and glass panel need to be removed.

:: 3) Slider inside - screen outside
Very common 1960's - now.
Most aluminum doors require all panels to be removed.

Most vinyl doors are removed to the inside. - The door swings out from the bottom. Many new doors are extremely tight with no allowance for header sagging.

Most wood doors require a top molding to be removed - The door swings out from the top

Of course there are exceptions to these, for example, some Andersen vinyl clad wood doors swing out from the bottom. Some older aluminum doors with low inner rails can swing out to the inside (Hi-Lite, Trimview?).
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