How do I get this hardware out?


A closet door had 3 bi-fold doors on it and the one in the middle always obscured part of the clothing. When I removed a wall in my kitchen, the pantry doors with only 2 bi-fold doors (but the same overall width of the 3 bi-fold doors) were removed and now I want to put them on the closet that formerly had 3 doors. Here's part of the bottom and top of that door. On the bottom, the square piece of metal with the hole was where the middle door was. I've tried unscrewing the screw but must have mangled it too much or maybe need someone with more strength to work on it. These same pieces of metal are on the top track, too, but that screw easily unscrews. But HOW can I get these out of the track? All I can figure is that I have to remove the track so they'll just slide off, but that's going to be more than I can or want to handle. ALSO, what's the purpose of these gray rubber-ish things? I think maybe a stop of some sort, but if so, where do they go? Seems they'll keep the door from moving properly.

q i need help in how to get this hardware out
q i need help in how to get this hardware out
  8 answers
  • Deb K Deb K on May 05, 2019

    Hi Louise, looks like a great home hack, but I don't think you will be able to remove it as it is a jury rigged creation, what you may want to do is pick up a kit with some bi-fold door hardware, it will have the hardware rail you need.

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    • Louise Louise on May 05, 2019

      Yep, fine shape except I plan to paint them.

  • Lynn Sorrell Lynn Sorrell on May 05, 2019

    use a drill with screwdriver bit; add some liquid wrench or wd40 around the screw to loosen it.

  • Deidre Deidre on May 06, 2019

    Sorry if this is a stupid idea but possibly you could temporarily remove the actual track, slide the part off then reinstall the track.

  • William William on May 06, 2019

    That part can only be removed with the track off. It is a friction fit but should slide off. The rubber thingy acts as a bumper guard. Use a rubber band on the tip of a screwdriver to unscrew the screw on the left in the photo.

    • Louise Louise on May 06, 2019

      Yeah, after messing with everything, I was afraid the track would have to be removed for that part to come off. It seems to be just screwed into the floor and also in the ceiling. When I remove the ceiling one, can I simply screw it back in? Seems like the screw hole won't hold it well after removing and putting it back. I'm pretty much a dodo about some of this stuff. :-)

  • William William on May 06, 2019

    Yep, just screw it back in.

  • William William on May 06, 2019

    Yep, just screws into the wood floor and the ceiling one also but may need a longer screw if it's loose. Your not a dodo. Just someone who needs help and willing to learn. Your smarts bought you to the best DIY site. Anything you need to know just ask. Lot of intelligent and creative people here from all walks of life. Remember, no such thing as a dumb question.

  • Louise Louise on May 07, 2019


  • Zard Pocleeb Zard Pocleeb on Dec 13, 2020

    The screw/bolt looks like it has a hex head (6-sided). Tap a socket onto the bolt and remove it with a ratchet.

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