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#%$@$#& Bi-fold Doors ! ! ! ! ! ! !


Most all of the closets downstairs in our house have some cheap, sorry azzed and incorrectly hung bi-fold doors.  Now, the fact that they have been there for a while could be some of the reasons they decide to jump out of their tracks and onto my head but no matter the reason, I'm fixing to start replacing them instead of re-hanging them.

The first one to be replaced will be the one on the washer dryer closet.  That closet where the washer dryer is faces a wall on the other side of a very small ?hall? ((for lack of a better word) about 4' wide so any type of swing out doors won't work.  Therefore, I'm ?CONSIDERING? putting a vinyl accordian closet door there.  SEE PICS

I was really disappointed to find out that they aren't available in very many finishes and sizes so, if I get one locally, it will have to be White or Light Pecan finish and 95" tall.  Since my opening is 49" x 79", I will have to cut the 16" off the length but it shouldn't be a problem with my table saw and maybe an extra pair of hands.

The only other thing I thought about to replace the bi-fold doors was maybe a sliding curtain of some type but I don't think the Wiffy would go for that at all.  Anybody got any suggestions or ideas?

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Keep your bifold doors, just rehang without the top sliders and use 3 more heavy duty hinges at the frame and between sections instead of that flimsy junk that the manufacturer usually provides. Lots less work, lots less expensive. Use magnets to keep them against each other when open and also when closed. Those accordion doors will fail in a very few years (ask me how I know that - or on second thought, nahhhhh)



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Someday, we plan on cutting a hole in a wall and creating a doorway. There is no where to swing a door, not enough wall thickness for sliding doors, so our plan is....... the accordion doors. With our habit of leaving doors in the open position 95% of the time, we should be ok. Bobbi has had them before, and she had good luck with them. Either they were seldom used, or she just didn't live there that long. Either way, they'll work for us. Someday.

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Well, I ain't a fan of either one, but given the need for such, it would depend on the application.  Most bi-folds are generally too flimsy for my taste, and the same applies to accordion doors, but they do fill a need sometimes.

Now, wasn't that informative and helpful??confuseconfuseconfusebiggrinbiggrinbiggrin



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Well, after I had cooled down from it falling on me and then getting frustrated trying to rehang it, I decided to try to rehang it "ONE" more time. I'm glad that Y'all weren't watching that chinese fire drill but it would have won a funniest video contest. Anyhow, it's up and working and, as long as I am the only one that opens them they ?MAY? stay up a little while longer but if you don't do it just right then you manually push them out of the tracks. One thing for certain is that "THEY" will NEVER get hung again by this Red Green wannabe.



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Sunday 29th of December 2013 03:03:12 PM

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Glad you got it done....We have a couple of those doors and it seems I am the only one who can operate them. Every time the wife touches it, the top button shoots out of the track......lol

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Same here, Poncho, the handles (for lack of a better name) are in the middle of each door panel (2) where the folds are and the Wiffy will push or pull them to get it open.  The handle should actually be at the edge of each door where they come together and be used to "Slide it to open it and not push or pull on the center.  Oh Well !



-- Edited by Mello Yello on Sunday 29th of December 2013 05:11:40 PM

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Rrumbler wrote:

Well, I ain't a fan of either one, but given the need for such, it would depend on the application.  Most bi-folds are generally too flimsy for my taste, and the same applies to accordion doors, but they do fill a need sometimes.

Now, wasn't that informative and helpful??confuseconfuseconfusebiggrinbiggrinbiggrin


 

YES

 

Others, what's wrong with Red Green fixes??????????????????????????????????



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UPDATE:  AND I guess I'll blame the procrastination on this bi-fold door fix on 3 retina surgeries - - - mainly because I don't want to admit that I'm lazy. 

However, that doesn't hide the fact that those doors over the washer and dryer "WERE" a cheap ill installed POS and I have rehung that *$@$@$@ my last time. 

Soooo, I bought me a 48" ?Oak? accordian door.  I have installed more than a few of these and they are ?usually? not a problem.  However, I failed to take into consideration my piss poor vision since the retina crap and my old hands that "Arthur" has moved into.  Even taking that into count it shouldn't have taken me 6 freaking hours to put this freaking door up but it did.  I must admit that a 1/3 of the time was spent on my hands and knees looking for those the screws that suddenly become camoflaged (sp) the minute they hit the floor - - - even tho they are right under neath your proverbial nose.  Also a 1/4 of the time was spent picking up screw drivers that I had dropped right after I stood up from picking up the screws.  The rest of the time was spent hanging the door and uttering a few words not from the Kings English but it helps in times like these.  I also discovered that after you cut the length on these doors, you have to remove and replace 30 very small 5/8" long screws (thank God for my little Ryobi Saturday Night Special Cordless Drill)
 
I think we'll probably see about staining the outer side a little darker color sometime before we die or sell the house.  See Pics !

 



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Those look better than the last ones I put in; glad you survived the ordeal. It is funny peculiar how those screws sort of blend in when you drop them; after I got tired of finding them with a knee when I'd kneel down to search, I got a magnet on a long handle, and it solved most of the problem except when I was using brass screws.

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Looks good to me! You actually found the camouflaged screws? Amazing, I almost never do. On our little project, we're now thinking screw the whole door thing. Just hang a curtain over the water softener that would be visible otherwise. Not only in the new doorway leading into the utility room, but also the closet doors we took off to lay the new floor. They hang open and in the way most of the time anyway, so, screw 'em.



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LMAO - - - after I got it hung I told Sherry - - - "if this screws up then it's a curtain rod and curtain or maybe a shower curtain" - - - - ouch, if looks could kill???

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