LaCantina Sliding Stacking Glass Door Installation (9): Tensioning and Adjustments

January 13, 2015


Giving the screens a perfect fit on sliding doors

This is part 1 of a ten-part video series.


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Video 9: Tensioning and Adjustments

Joe: Alright. So now we're going to go ahead and do the tensioning. You don't want to go too tight on this. You just want to get it just snug enough. So we'll bring it on over. And there's my stop point for this one.

Josh: How do you know that's your stop point?

Joe: You can feel the tension already, how it's already starting to pull.

Josh: Got it, got it. They're all connected to individual cables.

Joe: Yeah, they're all connected to individual cables on that wheel.

Josh: And they'll let you know when you've gone far enough. Got it.

Joe: So we'll do the next one, and you'll see, actually, one of these cables start to tighten, as you see right there.

Josh: There you go.

Joe: So you tighten it in.

Josh: Now, are they pretty good about staying untangled from each other?

Joe: Yeah, they are. So there's another one. See the cable moving in? There you go. And it'll be the same process that we're going to do, that we're doing now here, will be at the top. Okay, so now that's tensioned. So now that just tensioned the top portion of the screen. And this will actually tighten the bottom portion of the screen.

Lee: Right. So it's going over that wheel and running down to the bottom.

Joe: Yes.

Josh: So they're kinda like... It almost works like a U.

Lee: Yeah.

Joe: Yeah.

02:00 Josh: Horseshoe.

Joe: Okay. Everything is already tensioned now. We got the bottom tensioned, we got the top tensioned. So now...

Lee: Okay. Does this mean we can take the clamp off?

Joe: This means you can take the clamp off.

Lee: Fantastic.

Joe: Alright. Tensioned here.

Lee: And the tape.

Joe: And the tape also.

Josh: Really? Alright.

Joe: Because now everything's tensioned, so it's all going to hold. Your handle bar here, as you see, it does move around, and this is where you kinda really can figure where you want to put it. Usually, we'll put it basically where that handle is off your door, so depending on how your door handle is, is where we can position it.

Josh: And then you just... You can lock it with a screw or something?

Joe: And then what... There's those plastic inserts that you see, the thinner one will actually go in here, and we'll go through that also.

Josh: Okay. Do I take this off?

03:00 Joe: Yeah, you can take this one off too. So now we are going to check it, to see how our tension is. And that's perfect. So right now, you're going to check your reveal, where it's at. The gap that you're seeing right here, that's what this is for. This is going to take care of that gap. There's a piece of brush seal that goes on to this end here, that just kinda goes into here. So this is not a locking system. Again, this is just one that it's the glide screen where it's for air and dust.

Josh: So it just slides right into that housing?

Joe: So it just slides right to here. So this is sliding really good, I'm very happy with it. So now I'm going to have to clip this piece on. And I just need the brush seal for this.

Lee: What if that wasn't sliding good? What would be causing it to bind? Would it be in the frame or the tensioning?

Joe: It'd be, one could be the frame at the top could be pinching in, so it makes it hard. So there's ways to do that, probably get a spreader or so to kinda to open up the channel. Another one could be checking your wheels and the strings. And maybe one of the strings could be stuck inside the... In-between the wheels, and that could, so it doesn't give it enough to pull. So that's usually... And then the top...

So given an adjustment, you should have at least a quarter of an inch at the top so that way you have a little bit of play to do your adjustments, in case you'd have any of those type of issues of anything when you're sliding it. Right now it's sliding nice. If you hear a chatter sound, then that's what you would use for here. You'd use your adjustment tool and loosen this one here and this one on the other side, and then you'd kinda just push down on it and then it raises this thing up here, and then that's how you get your adjustment. On this one, it's working just fine. Tension is good. Ready to check the screen, reveal looks good.

Now, what we're going to do next is put on that handle bar, and we're wanting to put on that weatherstripping which is the brush seal, which is right here.

05:07 Lee: Okay.

Joe: So we're going to go ahead and slide that right into the groove here.

Lee: Yeah. How do you get it to stay in there?

Joe: We have these little clips, and these will go on each end. One'll go here, and they kinda lock, so lock in, one'll go on the bottom, and it'll help it so it doesn't slide.

Lee: Perfect.

Joe: So we'll slide this in. We'll cut it to size here. We'll put this on. The clip will go on here.

Lee: So you pull it down a little bit further?

Joe: Yeah, pull it down a little further. We'll put the clip. The long groove will go right into the bigger groove here, which slides right in here. This is locked in, so that'll hold this side. We're going to do the exact same thing on this side. I'm going to cut this. There you go. Pop this on. And now this don't move. So now, when we put this on, as you can see, it kind of looks like an L-type deal. So we want to put the L to the inside, and this is actually going to snap right into the grooves right here.

06:16 Lee: Yeah. So the weather pile is to the interior.

Joe: To the interior, which will basically come right up into here. Put this in here, and it all snaps in. And that all just snaps right in place.

Lee: By hand. Too easy.

Joe: All by hand.

There's that. want to try it? There you go. That part is done. And as you can see, the brush kinda just, gracefully just goes to the side. There's a stop point to the jamb. It stops it there.

Lee: Excellent.

Joe: So screen's done on that part, and all we need next, is we're going to put these dust covers on, and basically what a dust cover is, it's just to cover that cassette.

07:00 Lee: So these cover plates, Joe, go under the cable, so the cable's right on the top of...

Joe: Correct. So all you'll see with just the cables, these will go underneath, like you're saying, and this basically covers up the cassette, and it keeps all the debris from getting inside the track. And then these just click, just kinda snap in. You gotta cut them, so you can use a knife or you can use some shears to try to cut these.

We'll start from the end where it opens up all the way. And you do want to get it underneath the cartridge, all the way to... It'll have... It'll stop.

Lee: So you just slide it under the cartridge too?

Joe: Yes.

Lee: And under the strings.

Joe: Under the strings.

Just pinch it a little bit just to get it in place. As you can see, it goes in pretty easy. And then slide it over and just push it in while you're doing that. Bend it a little bit. It helps it go in a little easier. Okay, to the stop point, and just hold the cables, and you just push her in. Pretty easy. Slides right in, and we'll continuously do it to the rest of the track. And that's the main concern is when you're putting that cassette, that you do keep that screw nice and in the center, so you don't have any issues with this popping in.

Lee: Yeah, so that little self-tapping gold screw, that's critical to keep the cassette.

Joe: It's critical, so try to...

Lee: Otherwise the cover plate won't snap in properly.

Joe: Yes.

Lee: OKay.

Joe: And there's that piece. The whole bottom is done now.

Joe: So the next step is, I'm going to slide her over here. Now we have handle bar covers also.

09:02 Lee: Okay.

Joe: And what this is basically for is for your handle, so it doesn't basically move around as you can see right now.

Lee: Okay, so they lock it into place.

Joe: It keeps it in place.

Lee: Okay.

Josh: So a high and a low...

Joe: A high and a low.

Josh: And you basically pin it.

Joe: Yeah, you'll pin it and usually you kinda want to line it up with whatever handle set you guys have.

That's the best way to do it.

Josh: Okay. Do you want me to bring that other one over?

Joe: Yeah, let's line her up. So, one plastic strip is for one whole side, so you always want to start from the top first and into the bottom. Pinch it a little bit, it snaps in place. Slide it up and it's going to go underneath the clip here. So you see, it's all the way up, it doesn't go anymore, and you just want to snap it in. And then you want to line it up here and you want it to go in just a little bit, just like we did to the top.

Lee: Okay.

Joe: Or else if it's too short, it's going to just drop down.

Too much play, and then you're going to have too much play on your handle.

10:05 Josh: It kinda defeats the purpose, otherwise.

Joe: Yes.

Josh: Yeah.

Joe: So move it over just a little bit.

Lee: So how far below did you... Are you cutting it, like a 16th?

Josh: Eighth?

Joe: Let's go about an eighth. We're going to go an eighth. And then what you do is kind of bend it a little bit, get that piece inside there first.

Joe: And then gradually kinda just... Don't push it all the way, kinda get it in there, so that way it doesn't try to twist on you. And then in it goes. There's one.

And we'll start at the bottom, do the exact same thing. Pop this in, make sure it's down. Pop this in, measure it, about an eighth. Bend it out a little bit. Push it on in, and your screen is done.

Josh: Wow.

Lee: Voila. Now you have to do the outside too, right?

Joe: And you'll do the exact same thing to the outside.

Josh: Joe, besides this thing prematurely opening up, is there any trouble in this install? because you made it look really easy.

Joe: No, as long as your frame is level, plumb, square, as what your door is, if you're using a bi-fold or a sliding system, you shouldn't have any problems.

Josh: Cool. You were right when you said this was easy.

Joe: Very easy. And you have at least a quarter of an inch of the top gap, that way you have a little bit adjustment and you're good.

Josh: Cool. Dude, thanks, man.

Joe: Right on.


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