For this project you’ll need safety glasses, gloves, and a Milgard adjustment wrench. Contact Milgard to purchase an adjustment wrench. If window is accessible from the exterior, check window for uneven sightlines or basically if the spacing between window and frame is inconsistent. This will show you how much to adjust your window. Remove screen, then fully open the window. Next, slip the adjustment wrench onto the base of the stub, found between the support arm and the track of the lower hinge. Rotating the wrench away from the lock side of the window will decrease the amount of sash drag, or the part of the window connected to the glass. The maximum sash drag adjustment is reached when the stud flats are parallel to the track. For severe sash drag, a similar procedure can be used on the upper hinge. Upper hinge adjustment is made by rotating the wrench toward the lock side of the window. You’ve reached the maximum adjustment when the stud flats are parallel to the track. Close and open window to ensure you have made the proper adjustments. Go to the exterior window and ensure that the spacing between the window and the frame is consistent around all corners. If sash side spacing is incorrect, then adjust both top and bottom studs in the same direction to move sash left or right. Adjust as needed until spacing is correct. Once the window looks correct, put the screen back into place.
For this project you’ll need safety glasses, gloves, a flathead screwdriver, silicone spray, and paper towels. Open sash completely, then remove the sash from the frame by lifting up on the sash and tilting the bottom out of the track. On the bottom of your window there are two assemblies containing plastic wheels. Each assembly has two positions for each wheel, not which position the wheels are in. Then use a flat head screwdriver to remove the wheels by snapping it out of the wheel casing. Raise or lower the wheel to the desired height and snap them back into place. Use previous positions if sliding was smooth. Note that the two middle slots are for the higher position and the two outside slots are for the lower position. Once the wheels are snapped back into place, clean your rollers. Make sure the wheels roll back and forth and there is not dirt or debris in them. Spray your wheels with a small amount of silicone spray. Take a paper towel and wipe down the rollers to ensure there is not excess silicone. To re-install the sash, tilt the top of the sash and insert into the top of the track. Carefully insert the bottom of the sash and push down into the bottom track. Check the sash by sliding it back and forth.
Adjusting your Milgard French door helps it operate smoothly. Follow these instructions to adjust the locks and panels on your door.
Safety Precautions: Activities in this video are appropriate for individuals with an understanding of how to use simple hand tool. Remember to wear eye protection and make sure that pets and small children are not present when performing these activities. Questions? Call 1-800-Milgard or visit www.milgard.com
You’ll need a ¼ inch allen key and a number two phillips head screwdriver.
Begin by checking the gaps between the door panels at the center frames and sides. And with the door open, check the bottom of each hinge bolt. Determine the direction you need to adjust each panel to achieve equal sight lines. To raise and lower the door panel start with the top hinge. Using the ¼ inch allen key, rotate the bolt clockwise to raise the panel up, and counter clockwise to lower the panel. Once you achieve the right adjusted height, raise or lower the other two hinges to the same setting.
To adjust panels for the side and center gaps, locate the hinge adjustment screw, this is attached to the panel on the inside of the hinge. Use a number two phillips head screwdriver to make the adjustment. Rotate clockwise to move the panel towards the hinge side, rotate counterclockwise to move the panel towards the center. Be careful not to over-turn the adjustment screw.
Now let’s operate the locks. To lock the French door, begin by closing the passive panel. Rotate the handle up until it stops. Rotate the thumb turn to activate the lock. Now do the same for the active panel on the other side. To unlock the French door, begin by rotating the thumb turn. Rotate the handle down to disengage all locking points, then open the door. If needed adjust the mortise latch to the correct position. Compress the strike pin, pull the handle up to activate the lock. The mortise latch can be pulled out and rotated to the correct position. Pull the handle down to disengage and close the door.