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How to Repair Sliding Wood Closet Doors

In this how-to video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva shares simple solutions for balky sliding doors

In this video, This Old House general contractor Tom Silva explains how to repair sliding wood closet doors.

How to repair sliding wood closet doors

  1. Remove the doors from the closet opening.
  2. Pry tacks from groove in bottom of door.
  3. Cut oak wear strips to fit into groove in door bottom.
  4. Sand rail along threshold of doorway.
  5. Sand top and bottom of door with 100-git sandpaper.
  6. Glue oak wear strips into groove along bottom of door.
  7. Lubricate all wood-to-wood sliding surfaces along top and bottom of door.
  8. Replace doors and check to ensure they slide smoothly.

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