I find myself in a home with four sets of Folding Closet Doors. Thru abuse, lack of maintenance, age and changes in flooring; all four sets of closet doors are in a shambles. Now, I could pay 60-150 bucks per door set and replace them all or I can repair them. Well, I’ve repaired them and it went so well I want to share these easy repairs with everyone.
There seems to be five basic things that go wrong with these doors. I have created a simple repair for each.
Missing door knobs. With my closet doors I was missing three knobs so designed a printable knob for replacement. See pictures. Simple to print, uses a machine nut to give proper attachment.
Broken Pivot. In the lower corners of the doors are the main pivots. These parts take a lot of load. I had one that was broken. I have designed a printable replacement.
Holes in end of doors to accept pivots and wheels are worn out, or broken. I have designed a sleeve that goes over the exiting parts or new printed parts to fill area of worn out holes in the doors.
Missing or broken upper pivot or pivot wheel. I had one door missing the pivot wheel. I have designed a printable version of the plastic parts to be used with standard hardware.
Because of poor construction or changes in flooring the height of the closet door opening is too tall. So, folks just keep adjusting the pivots and wheels out to compensate for the mismatch. This is what makes the holes in the end of the doors wear and break. I have designed a simple spacer block that lifts the bottom pivots.
Happy Repairs! Reamo
I used epoxy for all bonds but I’m sure there are better choices.
In a couple spots I say to “Partially slide new part”. I say this to insure no adhesive gets into the interior of the assembly you are installing.
The picture for the replacement Pivot Wheel was before I installed the lower spacer block. The wheel shaft is no longer that long.
Picture for the replacement Pivot Wheel assembly looks more complicated that it is. All hardware is available at your local hardware store.
The spacer block I made is 3/4” tall. You may need a taller one or shorter one depending on the opening size.