What is the trick to removing these bifold doors with Johnson hardware? Pictures here: https://plus.google.com/photos/106072493936598954978/albums/6110612388722686033?authkey=CLn5qoX55sWqEw
Simple, release the locking mechanism, then lift the peg out of the hardware. If you can't lift the door, then you'll need to screw the adjuster in to allow enough clearance to get the peg out of it's cradle.
Thanks for the help. I didn't have enough play to lift the pin out, but I loosened the screws slightly that held the hardware to the top of the door, and that gave enough play to lift it out.
I usually temporarily removed these type doors by loosening the top, allowing the guide to slide along enough to lift the door. If replacing the door, I always made a mark first on the track to show proper alignment position.
A helper is a great idea.
Plus you'll have someone to blame.
Quote: "Plus you'll have someone to blame."
Bi-fold doors usually have less than perfect design. Remove it and re-install it a couple of times, and the thing falls apart or doesn't work properly. Maybe because the doors are hollow and made out of some sort of paper/cheap wood product?
Blame the manufacturer.
I learned ordjen's technique long ago- it's the easiest and fastest way when you can't lift them out because there's no adjustment need on reinstalling them. And dj1 is right- treat these gently or you'll be replacing them often. If they get balky don't wait- fix them right away. Replacement hardware is available with or without the track system, but it's usually the wood which yields so that's not always the fix you hoped for.
Hope you don't mind me injecting my opinion here, but I kind of agree with dj1. I'm not a fan of bi-fold doors.
My home was built in 1987, and every single closet door in my house has bi-folds. The hall closet for coats is a bi-fold. The pantry closet is a bi-fold. The doors that open to the laundry area and the utility closet (water heater / air handler), all bi-folds. The two guest room closets, bi-folds. The linen closet... bi-folds. The only closet that didn't have bi-folds was the master bedroom, which had sliding mirrored doors (equally as tacky).
I JUST swapped out the bi-fold in the office (one of the guest rooms) and I'm SUPER-pleased with the look and feel. I still need to decide if I want to encase the outside of the door in trim like everything else, or finish it off with plaster like the closet door opening was originally. But the actual door on the closet just adds so much more class to the room... or maybe the bi-fold just made the room feel so much cheaper.
Half the problem with the stuff you usually see with Bi-Folds is cheap hardware and the other half in thin and weak door stiles :mad: If I were to ever design bi-folds into my own home, the outer two would not be supported by those darn pins, but be standard door hinges instead so the track would only guide the pins of the inner doors. Fitting would be a challenge but hey- I like challenges and at least they'd be working without repairs for a long, long time!