Sliding glass doors have several small parts, the most important being the door latch. This mechanism prevents intruders from being able to pry open the door. Over time, the latch can become worn and rusted and will need to be replaced or repaired. Removing this mechanism is not difficult if you follow the steps below.
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Step 1: Find the latch in the center of the frame of the sliding glass door on the side where the door closes. Unlock the door and open it. Look on the edge of the frame to find the door lock.
Step 2: The latch is typically connected to the door frame with several screws. Some screws are visible and others are not. The first two screws you will notice are located on the side of the door and hold the door handle in place. Remove these screws with the screwdriver and remove the handles from both sides of the door and set them aside.
Step 3: Look at the front of the door where the latch is located. You may see screws that connect the door lock to the door frame. Use the screwdriver to remove these two screws. Check the edges of the door frame for additional screws and remove any that are present.
Step 4: Remove all remaining screws that attach the door latch to the door frame. You may then be able to pull out the latch. If you cannot, use the pry bar to pry the door frame away from the latch. Put the bar between one side of the frame and the latch and push it gently, causing the frame to pop away from the center stud. Repeat this process on the other side of the door frame.
Step 5: You should now be able to access the interior of the door frame and locate all remaining screws attaching the latch. Use the screwdriver to remove these and then remove the latch.
Step 6: Use the tape measure to measure the new latch and buy a new one that is the same size. Follow the product installation instructions and replace the attaching screws.