How to Replace a Broken Sliding Closet Door Track

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  • 1-2 hours
  • Intermediate
  • 0-100
What You'll Need
Track for sliding closet doors
Measuring tool

A sliding closet door is a popular type of door seen in many people’s homes. While these are very convenient and make it possible to open your closet wide enough to see everything in it, the track that makes it work is prone to problems. Sometimes people open the door too fast and manage to bend the track that makes it operate.

The door can’t be opened or closed when this happens and this makes it pretty much worthless. However the track was ruined, after it happens there is nothing you can do to fix it, and you must buy a new track to repair it. Here are the directions to do it:

Step 1 - Prepare

Get your required tools together for fixing your sliding closet door track. You also have to carefully measure the old track so you know what size to buy for the replacement. In order to get the right one, be sure to use a measuring tool (either a ruler or tape) and see how wide the door of the closet is. You are now ready to go buy a new track at the hardware store.

Step 2 - Take off the Doors of the Closet

The closet doors must be taken off before you can replace the broken track. In order to do this, take hold of the edges of the door and pull it up. When you do this, the bottom wheels that were sticking in the track should pop out. Then, just pull it carefully forward and it should come out of the track on the bottom. Do the same thing with the other door and then move on to the next step.

Step 3 - Take out the Broken Track

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You will need a screwdriver to take out the screws that hold the broken track to the floor. Depending on whether the bottom or the top track is the one being replaced, you may or may not need a ladder. Whichever the case, remove the screws and take off the broken track.

Step 4 - Replace the Old Track with the New One

Put the new sliding closet door track in the same groove as the old one was in and, if possible, carefully line up the old holes with the new holes. If you can do this, it will make things much simpler. If you had to buy a track that is longer than your old one, you can use a saw to cut it off and make it the right size. If you were able to line up the old screw holes, then just use the screwdriver to affix the new screws to the new track and tighten them securely in place.

Step 5 - Put Back the Closet Doors

Line up your closet doors and put them one by one into the top track. Then, shove it carefully down into the second track until it pops into place. Test the doors to see if they move smoothly back and forth.

Step 6 - Finishing Touches

Check everything to make sure all the connections for your new sliding closet door track are secure and the closet doors are working properly.