The interior molding of sliding glass doors should be removed for inspection. Remove interior molding for sliding glass doors with tips from a certified home inspector in this free video on home repairs and maintenance.
In this segment we're going to cover removing the interior trim for accessibility to replace a sliding glass door. In this application we've already removed the trim so we get accessibility for our inspection. So I'll just basically put it back in place and hold it together and show you the procedure necessary to remove it. The interior casing molding consists of of just a few basic components. Just real common, used in households all over, most in door and window trim. This being the interior door casing, and it's just a three quarter inch wide material, or thick material. I'll cut to the width dimensions of the remaining space between the wall and the door and that gives you a good smooth, flat finish. And the molding just attaches to that, and would be forty-five to the corners, and it goes all the way around, and what you want to do, is if you've got glued miters, or caulked joints, you want to take a razor knife and slice down through each one of those. And you want to just caulk, applied to the front bead, or the back. Slice down through there and that will make it a lot easier to remove and you don't have to worry about the paint peeling or pulling off the other object as you remove it. And you're just going to, to get the molding off, flat bars work real good. A smaller flat bar can be a little easier to get in and work with this application in or around molding. And when it's up you just want to slide it in the back. Try to find a place that's not going to be seen in case you happen to scratch material or do damage. It can prevent you from doing a little extra repair or touch up work later. And you just want to slide it in the back and slowly twist or pry, and it will just pull right out. If they're nailed in with standard finished nails and counter some, the chances are they'll pull out with the board. If they were put in with a nail gun, generally the nail will stay in place and the board will pull right off. Because they have a very small head on them and they're very small in diameter in comparison with a standard nail that you would hammer in manually. And you just pull off each piece of trim. And remember to cut your caulk beads. Once you get the exterior trim off the door jam, then you have accessibility to the jam and because of the shims used in here to get the door thinner you'll have a dead air space and that should, you should be able to see where the nails are. If you can't see them, they're generally nailed through where you'll find your shims in place. And that holds the shim in place as well as provides a firm anchor, where the shim is behind it to ensure you get correct alignment. Just go each place where you see shims, or a nail, pry out, and slowly work the board out, and one at a time take out your door jams. And by slicing that caulk line it can save you damage to the other material as well as the material you're removing. If this material is going to go back on and be reused, you want to be as gentle as possible with it, you don't want to do any damage to it you might have to repair later, or crack and split it and cause it to be replaced. A lot of times with this older molding, it's not an issue of, what the issue is, is trying to find a duplicate molding. If you damage one piece you could be required to go in and replace the whole thing, the whole molding to get some continuity, and then you're not going to have the same molding as the rest of the room. And that can cause some visual or aesthetic problems. So you want to be sure and be careful especially if you've got old molding. You may want to check on the availability of replacement material before you get going. That way you know if you've got a problem, you've got a way out or you've got to readdress the issue, or go a different direction. So it's pretty basic and straight forward, just take your time. The nails that were nailed in with a nail gun will be left hanging out, you can usually pull those out with a pair of channel locks or if you just bend them back and forth continuously for a few minutes they'll break right off at a head. A light tap with a hammer will counter sink it. Please watch our next segment on removing interior molding part two.