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Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

Hi EF'ers,

Could someone recommend/suggest a double glazing door repair person/company in Zurich please.

Our balcony door has somehow unhinged itself; it's one of those doors that not only opens as normal, but you can open it with just a small gap at the top. It's the top and the side part that's completely come out and now the door wont close. It's basically sitting on one hinge in the bottom corner. I've tried everything over the past few days to get it back in but it wont go back and the door handle will only move about 30% from what it originally did.

Appreciate any feedback in advance.

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PS: We own our property (well the bank owns most of it), so no going to landlord or hauswart.
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Old 08.08.2013, 10:46
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

Put the handle in the horizontal position. Gently push the door closed & flat. Put the handle vertically down. It should now be closed.
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Old 08.08.2013, 10:50
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Hi EF'ers,

Could someone recommend/suggest a double glazing door repair person/company in Zurich please.

Our balcony door has somehow unhinged itself; it's one of those doors that not only opens as normal, but you can open it with just a small gap at the top. It's the top and the side part that's completely come out and now the door wont close. It's basically sitting on one hinge in the bottom corner. I've tried everything over the past few days to get it back in but it wont go back and the door handle will only move about 30% from what it originally did.

Appreciate any feedback in advance.

Best,
APx

PS: We own our property (well the bank owns most of it), so no going to landlord or hauswart.
It WILL go back in!! I have had the same problem.

First off, have the handle adjusted so it is set to tilt.
Then push the window back in so the vertical hinge side is sitting in the frame.
Adjust the handle so the "Opening" hinge is engaged. Open the door. Close it again - and it should be fine.

I presume you are talking about the older style doors/windows - wooden frame - large handle where you see the mechanism work.
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Old 08.08.2013, 10:55
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

As it's probably big and heavy, it might work better with two people doing it together. Anyway, then you have someone to blame if it doesn't work first try.
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Put the handle in the horizontal position. Gently push the door closed & flat. Put the handle vertically down. It should now be closed.
Thanks Sbrinz, I have tried this several times, but when the door is pushed closed (with the handle horizontal), it won't go flat. The top right (main hinge side) wont sit back in and protrudes out, leaving a gap. When I pull the handle down, it will sit in slightly but then the handle gets totally stuck.

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It WILL go back in!! I have had the same problem.

First off, have the handle adjusted so it is set to tilt.
Then push the window back in so the vertical hinge side is sitting in the frame.
Adjust the handle so the "Opening" hinge is engaged. Open the door. Close it again - and it should be fine.

I presume you are talking about the older style doors/windows - wooden frame - large handle where you see the mechanism work.
Thanks for this dodgyken, unfortunately, the handle will not rotate up to the tilt setting, it will move from the horizontal position down but only half way and not fully down (imagine East to South East).

No, the doors/windows are fairly modern (I think about 10 years old). They are the UPVC french door style. I've attached below a picture from a quick google search of what it roughly looks like (including some nice eye candy):



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As it's probably big and heavy, it might work better with two people doing it together. Anyway, then you have someone to blame if it doesn't work first try.
It was a guest who broke it whilst visiting over the weekend, I have placed all blame on him... lol

So frustrating....
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Old 08.08.2013, 11:35
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

I think you should ask a carpenter to look at it. Inside the wood are sliding bands of metal, which the carpenter will know about. It seems one of the bands has broken or come loose. http://yellow.local.ch/en/q?what=Car...on%29&rid=jsx5
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

The modern ones are more tricky. They will go back in - but they are fiddly - and it is a job best done by "feel". I can't remember for the life of me how I got it fixed last time (UPVC style).

The best suggestion is to have the handle on the tilt function and slot the window back in on the open function - then move the handle to the open function.

Where in (kanton) Zurich are you?

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I think you should ask a carpenter to look at it. Inside the wood are sliding bands of metal, which the carpenter will know about. It seems one of the bands has broken or come loose. http://yellow.local.ch/en/q?what=Carpenter&where=Zurich+%28Canton%29&rid=jsx 5
It is quite easy to "pop" the UPVC windows - especially when the window isn't fully closed and the "mode" changed.
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Old 08.08.2013, 11:38
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

Push the door hard in the middle of the glass. Violently slam the handle up and down whilst swearing. Get someone else to help push random parts of the door.
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Thanks Sbrinz, I have tried this several times, but when the door is pushed closed (with the handle horizontal), it won't go flat.
We had the same problem. I found that the handle had got out of alignment.

The way I got the door to close was, after some experimenting, to have the handle a few degrees south of horizontal. I then pushed it closed, it was flush against the frame and I could then rotate the handle to lock the door.

So, in case you have the same problem, try with the handle a few degrees North and a few degrees south of horizontal and then gently try to push the door flat.
Keep trying until you find the correct position and then remember it for the future.

Ours was done by a guest too.
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Old 08.08.2013, 11:51
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

I think I did it once all by myself and once it was a guest - ours are the modern ones too. I just kept gently pushing the window closed and turning the handle till it went back together.
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The modern ones are more tricky. They will go back in - but they are fiddly - and it is a job best done by "feel".
indeed - carefully open and close with the handle in the horizontal position and test each time if you can turn the handle to the closed position. It should catch.....
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

Alright guys, I'll give it another go tonight and try all the suggestions mentioned, lets see what happens.

I particularly like adrianlondon's suggestion... lol

If it doesn't work, I'll be back tomorrow asking one of you to come and give it a go or for recommendations.
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Re: Double Glazed Door Repair Person/Company

Hi all,

Ok, tried all the various suggestions yesterday and nothing worked... including adrianlondon's approach or slamming and swearing.

Our neighbor had a similar issue last year and recommended a person, he'll be round later today to slam and swear at the damn door.

Thank you all for your help yesterday. Have a nice weekend!
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