The great Australian way of life is living outdoors with the comfort and ease of indoor domesticity? And the best way to achieve this is with a modern or classic patio doors that seamlessly bridge your living areas with your veranda or garden. But, do your patio doors function seamlessly?
There are a number of issues that owners of appendages to glass patio doors can experience and the best wayto trouble shoot these is to examine them one-by-one and check them off the handy person’s ‘to do’ list. These are: roller adjustments especially after spring or autumn cleaning; panel reversing; insect screen installation, removing or replacing; and/or issues with between safety-glass blinds.
One of the main benefits of between-glass blinds is never, ever, having to dust the slats again. However, there are rules of engagement when operating the blinds. For one, the glass-enclosed blinds should be operated slowly and steadily and never at high speed or with sudden jerks or the operator may stall and need to be re-engaged.
Here are the correct steps to take to re-engage the blind operator:
- Firstly, make sure the operator is at the bottom of the unit and not detached from the glass
- Secondly, the operator needs to be moved slowly up and down the glass until the first ‘clicking’ sound occurs
- Then, continue moving the operator slowly up the glass until the second ‘clicking’ sound’, which suggests the operator is fully engaged
- Finally, run the blind through its cycle a couple of times to ensure it;s fully functional and secure
With panel reversing (which means sliding open from the other side) … One would need to know exactly what one is doing so, if in doubt, engage a professional. Otherwise look carefully at the instructions before embarking on the task. Adjusting the rollers is something one might want to do to hide a weather strip and clear the sill track or make sure the door is adjusted to the correct height.
Ultimately, insect screens should be attached to outside of the operating panel of the glass patio doors. And, always follow the instructions to the letter and make sure the corner screws are adjusted correctly.