How to Install a Sliding Glass Door - This Old House

Published on Jul 30, 2014 1,218,761 views

his Old House general contractor Tom Silva shows how to open up a wall for a large glass slider. (See below for a shopping list and tools.)

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Shopping List for How to Install a Sliding Glass Door:
- sliding glass door with solid-vinyl doorjamb
- pressure-treated 2x4s
- 2x4s
- ⅝-inch-thick exterior-grade plywood
- 15-pound builders paper
- quick-setting cement
- minimal-expanding foam, used to insulate around new door
- silicone sealant
- masonry screws
- 3½-inch (16d) nails
- 2½-inch (8d) nails
- 5/16-inch staples
- 3-inch screws
- wood shims
- wood shingles and shingle nails, for finishing new wall section

Tools List for How to Install a Sliding Glass Door:
- reciprocating saw
- 12-pound sledgehammer
- 4-foot level
- hammer drill fitted with masonry bit
- drill/driver
- square shovel
- mixing tub, used for mixing cement
- caulk gun
- pointed trowel
- flat trowel
- hammer stapler
- utility knife

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  • Caleb Allen
    Caleb Allen Год назад Alright Jason, have you ever used a reciprocating saw? Nope! Ok, well you're about to become a man today; watch and learn.
  • No NameGiven
    No NameGiven Год назад Tommy should have the authority to revoke Man cards.
  • Greg Dinert
    Greg Dinert 7 месяцев назад you ever see a grown man naked?
  • Serenity Now, Insanity Later
    Serenity Now, Insanity Later 6 месяцев назад have you ever been in a Turkish prison?@Greg Dinert
  • ohigan
    ohigan 6 месяцев назад do you like movies about gladiators?
  • Frankie Flashback
    Frankie Flashback 5 месяцев назад Caleb Allen .........That was classic!!!
  • Al Delgado
    Al Delgado 4 месяца назад these prick homeowners just want to be on tv....
  • CD ROD
    CD ROD 2 месяца назад The girl seems more capable than him. Lol. And dude your coment is really great and funny,you re about to become a man,awesome comment.
  • Andrew Young
    Andrew Young 2 недели назад @Greg Dinert Lol Flying High.
  • Andrew Young
    Andrew Young 2 недели назад Get her to do it. They want to be Men don't they !
  • Andrew Young
    Andrew Young 2 недели назад @Al Delgado Lol Pricks and Twats.
  • Jay Sis
    Jay Sis 2 года назад when your wife is stronger than you !!! hahah
  • oohdirkadirka
    oohdirkadirka 4 года назад sment
  • The Cat Man
    The Cat Man Год назад Take this sledgehammer and hit this concrete curb with your unprotected feet next to it.
  • august
    august Год назад Ok, Mr. OSHA MAN !
  • Tucker Webb
    Tucker Webb 8 месяцев назад Not only that, but make sure you don't protect the floor with more than a layer of cloth so that if you accidentally miss hitting the curb you damage your finish floor. Damaging your finish floor is one of the first steps to installing a sliding glass door.
  • Big Dave
    Big Dave 4 месяца назад Imagine its a cold caller selling timeshare.
  • Al Delgado
    Al Delgado 4 месяца назад Its just a non rebared curb, no biggie
  • Ian Johnson
    Ian Johnson 3 месяца назад Hey, if she is dumb enough to wear shoes like that while doing demo work then she has only herself to blame if she gets hurt.
  • Nzfilms
    Nzfilms Год назад sment
  • Muhammad Sultani
    Muhammad Sultani Год назад Nzfilms having tea party dances
  • Rojo Do
    Rojo Do Год назад Nzfilms lol
  • Lee See
    Lee See Год назад So u 1 of them comedians huh lol
  • Xiu Wang
    Xiu Wang Год назад Muhammad Sultani ba
  • Slagon Drayer
    Slagon Drayer Год назад I came to put this comment, glad to see its #1. #sment
  • Dave Stout
    Dave Stout 11 месяцев назад Nzfilms gosh darn it you beat me to it
  • mmbiss
    mmbiss 10 месяцев назад Rojo Do D
  • nelly cameau
    nelly cameau 6 месяцев назад Mirror slidding door
    BEASTE 3 месяца назад Lol
  • alex tworkowski
    alex tworkowski Год назад Jason listens while his wife does all the heavy lifting.
  • Kyle Richard
    Kyle Richard 1 месяц назад Never worry about load bearing walls, electrical, or gas lines before ripping through wall with sawzall.
  • BobMaine
    BobMaine 2 года назад These Old House videos are always "thin" when it comes to showing how do stuff around your house. Best ot view them as just an overview rather than a how-to.
  • Derek B
    Derek B Год назад Well if you can not fill in the missing bits then you probably should not be doing the job in the first place.
  • s Buzz
    s Buzz 3 года назад how will this drain water out ? threshold seams to need flash? a pan?,self stick barrier?what about sides ? try a garden hose on this door and your wood floors will pop.
  • ironray123
    ironray123 Год назад I could imagine the Red Green version of this......"Now, to make the opening for your new patio door you could use a bunch of fancy tools and do all the measurements and such......but that would imply that you actually have the time, skill, experience, and patience. I don't have any of those, but I do have one thing in my favor........the Possum Lodge van! The next scene you see him driving the van right through the side of the house.
  • appleintosh
    appleintosh 11 месяцев назад ironray123 If the women don’t find you handsome...
  • WhiteShadow2k1
    WhiteShadow2k1 8 месяцев назад ... they should at least find you handy. Sorry that the Internet left you hanging for so long.
  • Random Stuff In Oregon
    Random Stuff In Oregon 4 месяца назад You've forgotten the handy mans secret weapon!
  • Random Stuff In Oregon
    Random Stuff In Oregon 4 месяца назад It's awesome to see other Red Green fans!
  • Harris FS
    Harris FS 3 года назад sss'ment
  • Artsy Dc
    Artsy Dc Год назад They should have ordered an 8 ft door! More light and it was open already!
  • Angella S.
    Angella S. 8 месяцев назад Artsy Dc I’m sure that was more expensive.
  • DRugfree1987
    DRugfree1987 4 года назад yea just run a saw right through your wall dont worry about electrical or anything that might be in there...
  • Shawn E.
    Shawn E. 3 года назад I'm pretty sure they check all that prior to doing any cutting but just didn't show it on video.
  • blitzv10
    blitzv10 Год назад there's no problems wires don't stand a chance against those blades
  • Alan Gomez
    Alan Gomez Год назад blitzv10 lmao
  • electricalron
    electricalron Год назад There's not even a light, interior/ exterior receptacle in sight so there wouldn't be any wires where they cut. I'm certain there'd be no plumbing pipes either. Common sense.
  • smokenbudesq
    smokenbudesq Год назад You never know important fact I guess you have never done this before? He should mention it though before some one tries it on there own home THINKING THIS IS HOW YOU DO IT.AND ZAP START AN ELECTICAL FIRE ,ELECTRACUTE THEMSELF AND BURN THE HOUSE DOWN .
  • Guy Cleveland
    Guy Cleveland Год назад Pat Fitzgerald haha
  • Jason C.
    Jason C. 7 месяцев назад But you guys are wrong. There was no electrical.
  • Anicasio Rdz
    Anicasio Rdz 7 месяцев назад @Pat Fitzgerald lmaoo
  • Jose Esparza
    Jose Esparza 4 месяца назад That's true.
  • Big Dave
    Big Dave 4 месяца назад @Shawn E. Well yeah, but the point is, they didn't. Tommy could have just said they've checked the wall for pipes and wires.
  • TampaMaximumMike
    TampaMaximumMike 3 месяца назад Tommy has x-ray vision.
  • Why move improve t
    Why move improve t 3 месяца назад 😄
  • CD ROD
    CD ROD 2 месяца назад @blitzv10 dude,thats awesome lol
  • Alextvman Tvman
    Alextvman Tvman 4 года назад that's it done, what's the joke, who is going to stucco around the door outside and inside?
  • mixwell1983
    mixwell1983 Год назад Would be funny if after they cut the wall out if Tommy said alright im out peace and just walked off the job.
  • Tom Fitzgerald
    Tom Fitzgerald 5 месяцев назад Looks good. Excuse me a min? Gets in trucks and burns out
  • Hunter Boehm
    Hunter Boehm 2 месяца назад In typical “self employed contractor” fashion
  • Joe Stacks
    Joe Stacks 6 дней назад Challenge: watch all videos of TOH with Tom Silva and drink every time he says thick bead of caulk.
  • Brooklyn Autumn
    Brooklyn Autumn 2 года назад even though u think the door is installed backwards because of the brackets....your wrong. Every sliding door ive seen....the stationary door is always on the outside. Plus....pay attention to the door handles. Sorry....but it was installed correctly. lol
  • smokenbudesq
  • IAmMoparNut
    IAmMoparNut 9 месяцев назад Do a shot every time he says 'sment' 😊😊
  • thomas
    thomas 1 день назад Looked pretty handy the recip for a rookie
    TIM WARREN 4 года назад what about supporting the wall?
  • Lex Luther
    Lex Luther 2 года назад +TIM WARREN - they have a meeting once a week and tell the wall how important it is in their lives, that the wall improves their life, and how much better it is than other walls.
  • Dartz
    Dartz Год назад ^ Best Troll of the Year