How to Repair Bifold Doors

Written by kenneth crawford
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Unlike most other types of closet doors, bifold doors use pivot pins to ride in an upper track and lower bracket. When your bifold closet door is not operating smoothly, there are some quick repairs that you can do yourself. Many times repairs are a matter of tightening brackets or replacing the pivot pins.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Phillips-head screwdriver
  • Tape measure
  • Flathead screwdriver
  • Replacement pivot pins

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Open the closet doors and inspect the top track. Use a Phillips-head screwdriver to tighten the screws that secure the top track to the top of the closet frame.

  2. 2

    Close the closet doors and measure the distance between the door frame and the edge of the door closest to the jamb with a tape measure. There should be a 1/16-inch clearance between the door and the door frame. Most times the sliding bracket in the top track needs adjusting.

  3. 3

    Open the bifold doors completely so you can access the top sliding bracket. The sliding bracket is the piece that the top of the door connects and rides along the track.

  4. 4

    Loosen the set screw on the top sliding bracket with a flathead screwdriver. Adjust the bracket in the track until the door is plumb with the door frame. Tighten the set screw to secure the bracket and close the bifold doors and check the clearance.

  5. 5

    Tighten the screws that secure the bottom bracket to the floor with a screwdriver. The bottom brackets will sometimes work themselves loose over time and cause the doors to bind or not close easily.

  6. 6

    Inspect the pivot pins on the top and bottom of the bifold doors if the doors are wobbly or loose. The pivot pins are on the top and bottom edge of the doors. You will need to remove the doors from the opening.

  7. 7

    Open the doors and lift up, compressing the spring in the top pivot pin. Swing the bottom of the door off the bottom bracket and pull the door away from the opening.

  8. 8

    Tighten the mounting screws on the pivot pins that secure the pins to the door with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

  9. 9

    Press the top of the pin up and down to check the pin movement. If the pins are stuck or do not move freely, remove the pins and replace them. Pivot pins are available at home improvement centres.

  10. 10

    Grab the door at both sides and position the top pivot pin into the top bracket. Lift up and swing the bottom of the door into the bottom bracket.

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