How to Remove a Fixed Sliding Glass Door Panel

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Things You'll Need

  • Flat-head screwdriver

  • Phillips-head screwdriver

Removing a fixed sliding glass door panel is primarily done for one of two reasons. The most common reason is damage to the glass. Replacing the entire panel is often an easier task than replacing the glass pane contained within the panel. A second common reason for removing the panel is to replace the entire sliding glass door unit. As it ages, you may decide to upgrade the unit to increase energy efficiency or as part of a remodeling project. Removing the panel does not require any previous building experience on your part, only a few basic tools and a helper to aid in safely moving the large pane of glass.


Step 1

Remove the threshold placed in front of the fixed sliding glass door panel. Use a flat-head screwdriver to remove the threshold from the floor. Place the screwdriver beneath the threshold edge, flat against the floor and pry the wood gently up, taking care not to gouge the floor's surface. Place the wood aside so that it's available for re-installation.


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Step 2

Remove the retaining screws holding the door panel in place using the Phillips-head screwdriver. Unscrew the screws from the bottom, center and top of the inside of the sliding door frame. These screws secure a sandwiching piece that holds the door in place within the frame. Remove the L-shaped clips holding the door in place in the upper and lower track. Remove the clips to allow free door movement.


Step 3

Slide the door panel through the frame tracks toward the center of the unit frame until it's free of the retaining frame at the side of the door unit against the wall.

Step 4

Lift the door panel upward with a helper, until it clears the bottom track of the frame. Tilt the door toward you and slide it from the top track of the frame until the door is clear of the unit. Set the door aside.


Do not remove any screws located on the surface of the door panel, as these keep the glass secured in the frame.


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