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Old 05-22-2007, 01:29 PM   #15
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Garth and Joanne,
Do you have any pictures of the sliding doors? I'd like to see how it turned out!

Thanks much.

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Old 05-22-2007, 03:35 PM   #16
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stuck tambour door

I totally agree with 26. We had them on ours and after doing so many things decided to get rid of them. My husband made some very nice doors and no more problems.

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Old 05-22-2007, 06:32 PM   #17
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Gave up on trying to open those under sink tambour doors. I got Bob to make me some swing out doors using the old tambour to keep the original look of the 78. I love having the extra storage without fighting with that awful non-sliding tambour. We replaced the one in the bathroom too; however, it's just a solid wood door painted to match the bathroom. It's so great to not have to fight with that old stuff.
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Old 11-24-2007, 11:41 AM   #18
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Great advice, I have been fighting the under cabinette tambour all week, still only opens a foot and jams. On my 1975 I cut the trim in the center of the lower track and removed two phillip screws, track lowered enough to remove door. I have lubed the tracks with a silicon dry lube, trimmed the edges. Perhaps next I will remove the fabric on top and bottom where it rides in the track.
Under stove tambour is missing, think I will go with small shutter doors.
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Old 11-25-2007, 06:16 PM   #19
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I am looking for any tambour alternatives - the cabinets Juel's Bob made are AWESOME! I love how he incorporated the tambour. I've considered a major redo but the doors and tambour on the storage items looks great and I don't want to create a major mismatch. I'm going to search and if I can't find what I like - maybe a tambour alternative thread?! Thanks!
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:42 PM   #20
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Oh wow, spraying that silcon spray back into the edges of those tambour doors make them work like they are brand new. This is great. I have more storage space now that I can get these crazy doors open.
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:37 AM   #21
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Hi, had the same problem with the same door and found that over time the edges wear on the beginning of the part that slides. I just gently picked it up and it slid past the worn point and opened and closed after that. A little silicone seems the right thing but would suggest powdered graphite instead since the silicone will cause swelling probems in the future. Bob in NC
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Old 12-25-2007, 09:42 AM   #22
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Something else you can do, is take an exacto knife, and cut the fabric backing where it slides in the tracks, and remove the part that is in the tracks. This is what causes them to bind, the fabric frays and gets bunched up. Lube is only a temporary solution. We have done this to ours, and have had great success.
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Old 01-28-2008, 03:17 PM   #23
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Ours stick now and then. I spray liberally with silicone spray. Wait a little bit and then start working it gently up and down until it goes up a little ways. Then reach under and spray again. It helps to make sure you have one of the little spray tubes that fits in the nozzle on the can so you can aim the spray at the track or fit it along the track on the outside. Once you get it free and have worked it up and down a number of times and it is smooth you are set. Wipe away any excess and remember to spray regularly in the future. If it is pretty sticky inside, that may mean that someone has been spraying the ends of the sliders with polish or dust gums up the slides. You can usually tell that has happened by running a finger nail or any semi-sharp object like an ordinary carpentry nail along the track. If it comes out with gooey brown stuff, that is either old oil someone tried, end dust or polish. In that case you should clean the tracks with a grease cutting product. I think Mr. Green works. I did not take ours apart because ot he difficulty of getting them back together again. I just sprayed with a cleaner, worked slider up and down, and got as much gunk out as possible with Q tips and a rag.

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Old 01-28-2008, 03:44 PM   #24
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there are a few good threads already written on this subject. do a search and you will find (like i did) a dry teflon based spray is all you need to fix the problem. they glide nice and work fine. i sprat about once a year and keep can in camper. the spray is not cheap 4-6 bucks, there are about 3 brands to get and worth it. cheper than cabinet doors!

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Old 05-20-2008, 09:09 AM   #25
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Well thank you all. I am having the same problem and came to the forum to seek help and I got it!!!
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:33 PM   #26
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We just rebuilt our entire kitchen and purchased new tambour doors. We liked the look of the old kitchen and wanted to keep the integrity of it. The new doors work great. When my old tambour door got stuck, I used a putty knife near the base to help guide it back onto the track it rolls up in...if that makes sense. It seemed like it was kinked in the roll up area.
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Old 07-29-2008, 08:40 PM   #27
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Lots of good info here. I will try the suggestions. Thanks for all your help.
Can you possibly send me pictures of the work you did with the tambours? Thanks! Becky Paulette Appomattox, Va
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Becky, welcome to the forums. I changed your email address slightly so bots searching for addresses on the 'net don't start sending you a bunch of spam.

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