Forum Title: Using interior door for covered balcony entrance?
I have a large covered, screened-in balcony with a narrow (24) entrance from my kitchen. I would like to switch out the standard paneled door for one with glass to let in light. My question is: can I use a French door that is painted? I was specifically looking at a cheap pine door from Home Depot. My biggest concern is that the door will not seal properly. Should I go for it?
Category: Windows & Doors Post By: GLADYS SIMMONS (Cleveland, OH), 01/14/2019

Those are called tilt packs. If you raise the front (bottom) sash slightly, you should be able to push on the left side of the jamb right above the sash (with your right hand, if right handed), it will give just enough that you can pull the top left corner of the front sash out of its groove slightly. Then do the same thing on the opposite side... push on the right side of the jamb right above the sash (with your right hand) and pull the top right corner of the front sash out of its groove. Once both sides have been popped out of their grooves, you should be able to tip that sash down until its perpendicular, then you should be able to lift the entire sash out of the frame, being careful to ensure that the pivot bars (which is what the window sash hinges on) are able to come freely out of their pivot shoes. If that works, just repeat this process for the top sash by lowering it all the way down to the bottom of the opening, and then you can take it out as well. A glass shop will be able to make you a new insulating glass unit (IGU) if you provide them with the dimensions. It's likely that your vinyl glazing strips are broken... windows don't just fly out for no reason. If you take the broken pieces with you to the glass shop they should be able to order you some new ones. The glazing strips are supposed to be shaped like an L, where the tip of the L has a sharp protrusion on it (like an arrow cut in half down the middle). That sharp protrusion fits into a kerf in the window and LOCKS into place. It's quite likely that part of your glazing strip might still be caught in this kerf. A thin putty knife inserted into the inner perimeter of that kerf will help you free any broken pieces. If I was coming to your house to replace the glass I would probably do it off a ladder instead of taking the sash out, if that matters any. BTW, welcome to the forums!

- JANE BROOKS (Palm Coast, FL), 02/02/2019

Another concern mentioned is the bottom...how will you seal for wind? You will need to install a threshold of sorts and possibly trim the bottom of the door at a slight angle so it will ride up and over the rubber in the threshold.

- FRANK YOUNG (Simi Valley, CA), 02/19/2019

Wow, you guys are awesome! Thanks for your helpful responses. The door area is fairly well protected from wind by the structure itself and surrounding buildings. The current door seems like my other interior doors (I live in a 100+ year old home, so everything is solid--and all the windows are single pane...) and there is no threshold, just a pretty ugly seam where my kitchen ends and the porch begins. Building a threshold or disguising the transition in some manner was in the master plan (I'm also recovering the carpeted porch with vinyl tile), so it's a good thing you pointed that out now.

- VICTORIA WATKINS (Bellflower, CA), 03/02/2019

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