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bathroom cabinets sliding door removal

Postby jchrissharpe » Mon Mar 25, 2019 7:29 am

Does anyone know if there is an easy way to remove the sliding doors under the sinks in a 1978 GB 42 CL? I am trying to do under sink work and my 'Merican body doesn't fit!!! So its either a diet or get those doors off...smile.
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Re: bathroom cabinets sliding door removal

Postby Bob Lowe » Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:26 am

Did you try lifting the door up and out?

Or depressing any keepers at the top?
Good luck,
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Postby Jastafford » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:18 am

Oddly enough I had this same thing last night on my 72, #259. Working on my valves and seacocks. Need to pull out the "shelf" for better access, to get the shelf out the sliding doors needed to come off. They ride on some sort of wheel or bearing as they slide effortlessly. But there is no movement to lift up and no gaps top or bottom to see anything. No obvious way to pull any trim.
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Postby Richard Werner » Tue Mar 26, 2019 3:13 pm

I checked mine today (1972-32) and it looks like there are small rollers on the bottom and some sort of angled guide at the top. I tried moving the top guide with a thin blade but that did not work. I wonder if the rollers are spring loaded but possibly corroded in place.
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Postby JOHN FAGAN » Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:28 pm

Re. GB 32 Sliding doors beneath sink in head.
I was unable to find a way to remove the sliding doors without removing some of the wood trim around the doors.
I avoided breaking the wood trim by sliding a putty knife under the wood trim. I started removing the trim in the upper right hand corner and sliding the knife along the trim until I reached a nail. Its important to start at a corner to avoid damage to trim.
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Re: bathroom cabinets sliding door removal

Postby jmcj » Tue Mar 26, 2019 10:16 pm

I’m sure this has been covered in early posts. Try searching?
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Postby AllanKay » Wed Mar 27, 2019 10:32 pm

on 1977 GB 42 Classic the sliding doors in head are difficult to get out. The trick is to slide in along the top slot a narrow blade and get it under the spring loaded pin at the top. The blade must be thin enough to get in the narrow slot and stiff enough to compress the pin. Pain in the arse, for sure. One of mine is nylon and it is broken from age or frustrated owners like me. No need to destroy the boat.
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Postby Tom Overs » Thu Apr 04, 2019 6:50 am

A very thin driver pushed in at the top of the door will push the spring loaded guides down. It's then possible to pull the top of the door forward and lift off the bottom rollers.
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Postby Tom H » Thu Apr 04, 2019 7:52 am

Had the same issue on my '76 42' GBCL. Got the doors out pretty easily but the little plastic slides at the top just fell apart. Found a similar item at Home Depot but these were aluminum and had a round top, the part that slides up and down. Filed a flat profile on the aluminum part that would fit the slot that the door slides in and enlarged the existing hole at the top of the door just slightly. The original hole looks almost big enough but if you tap the part into the original hole you stand a real chance of splitting the wood. Been good for ten years.
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Re: bathroom cabinets sliding door removal

Postby Jastafford » Thu Apr 04, 2019 11:37 am

LOL, I tried getting to the plungers again the other day with no luck. Fortunately I have pulled the seacock without removing the doors. Sooner or later I have to get after the Y valve and then the doors may have to come off.
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Postby Parry » Sat Apr 13, 2019 11:53 pm

I have got the removal of these doors down to a fine art.
I use a small pick tool to lower the pin on one top guide and then hold it down with a thin blade while I release the other guide.
The door will then come out easily.
Some of my guides had virtually worn away so I spent many hours looking for replacements.
I found these:

https://www.hafele.com/us/en/product/guide-bolt-with-spring-loaded-pin/0000000100002fe200010023/

They are the same size as the ones I replaced but they are not tapered like the ones on the GB, but the pin is solid nylon and can be easily shaped to fit the top track.
They work like a charm.
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Re: bathroom cabinets sliding door removal

Postby Jastafford » Mon Apr 15, 2019 11:45 am

Thanks for the info. Looks like I need to take a couple junk screwdrivers and make tools slider pin tools out of them.
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