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Forum topic by Greg Sherman posted 04-28-2017 06:26 PM 1675 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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Greg Sherman

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04-28-2017 06:26 PM

Interested in getting some ideas for a sliding barn door. Has anyone bought any of the hardware “kits” online. If so any comments. I do think it important to have the door wheels secured as not to have it “bounce” off during an earthquake as I live in CA. I am thinking of a “framed door” with horizontal insets. The door opening is rather tall 8’ and 40” width. Must look good from both sides as it will cover between a master bedroom and bath. Open for any thoughts. ...Greg

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#1 posted 04-28-2017 06:29 PM

A friend of mine used a piece of channel for a rail and used garage door rollers to run inside the channel.

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#2 posted 04-28-2017 07:32 PM

I did 3 sliding doors in our last house, and bought the hardware from here:
It was nice hardware, and has held up to 4 young boys (my daughter bought the house). But it can get pricey. I would imagine there should be something available to secure the rollers to the rail, to make it more earthquake resistant.

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#3 posted 04-28-2017 08:03 PM

Checked it out – very nice stuff. Thx

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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#4 posted 04-28-2017 10:12 PM

I recently installed these purchased on Amazon. They have ‘tabs’ that are installed after you hang the doors that prevent the doors from shaking/vibrating off the track. They are very solid and I am happy with them. Just make sure the track is dead-on level – the roller action is very smooth.

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#5 posted 05-01-2017 04:38 AM

I made my own for my garden shed. The track is a 1 1/2” square tube (steel or aluminum). I split the tube with an angle grinder (1/16” thick cutting disk) for the steel track. Took 2 cuts to make a wide enough slot. Welded on a few tabs for connection to the wall (or overhead, in my case). Wheels are inexpensive ball bearings of a diameter that fits in the tube. Hangers are 1/8” steel strap with a pin through to serve as an axle for the ball bearings. There are 2 ball bearings per hanger, one on each side, which means they hang evenly. I don’t recollect what diameter the axles were—I think the smallest I’ve seen is 3/8”. I may have used 1/2” o.d. tubing if the bores were 1/2”. Anyhow this door has worked perfectly for maybe 12 years now, with no maintenance required. The slot is wide enough that the flanges on the bearings overhang and ride in the slot.

If you were to use aluminum for the track, you could easily cut the slot on the table saw. One nice thing about this setup is that there is no danger of jumping the track (except at the ends, which have to be blocked), because the bearing (wheels) are boxed in. The only downside is it is a bit noisy.

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#7 posted 05-01-2017 11:14 AM

I wouldn’t by a kit on line, I’d go to the local Coop and just ask them. It’s the sort of thing they carry.

-- nice recovery, They should pay extra for that mistake, Eric E.

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#8 posted 05-01-2017 03:58 PM

I’ve done a few barn doors with both “box track” and “flat track”

For residential applications, I think flat track is nicer. We buy from Crown Industrial but there are a lot of vendors for flat track hardware.

There is typically an “anti-jumping” system—-usually just a block or spacer that prevents the door from jumping the track—- removable for removing the door.

-- Jerry, making sawdust professionally since 1976

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#9 posted 05-01-2017 04:10 PM

Crown had a great set of PDFs. I am getting some ideas relating to hardware and details for mounting. Thx

-- Greg, Brentwood CA

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