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Old 03-18-2018, 10:55 PM   #1
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Bronze door rail

Anyone know what this bronze sliding rail is called or a source for it? My sliding doors all ride on kind of rail except on one side where the rail is missing. Looking for a replacement. Itís just nailed into the bottom door frame w small brass nails.Click image for larger version

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I may be wrong but I think it is just a piece of round brass rod that is drilled so it can be tacked down with brass escutcheon pins or finish nails. I donít think there is any weight on it. It is just there to keep the bottom of the door from swinging.

I donít think you actually need bronze in that application.

Square brass key stock should work as well and would be easier to drill. Maybe they use round to avoid the sharp edge on square stock.
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I may be wrong but I think it is just a piece of round brass rod that is drilled so it can be tacked down with brass escutcheon pins or finish nails. I donít think there is any weight on it. It is just there to keep the bottom of the door from swinging.



I donít think you actually need bronze in that application.



Square brass key stock should work as well and would be easier to drill. Maybe they use round to avoid the sharp edge on square stock.


In this case the full weight of the door rides on it. It doesnít hang from the top like Iíve heard other people describe on the forum. Itís also not a perfect half round. Itís a little taller than it is wide and hollow. Like it was a tube that was cut in half and compressed slightly
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You should be able to replace it with UHMW polyethylene. UHMWPE.
It can easily be cut with a table saw and drilled.
Use black for U.V. resistance. Natural white will croak in only a few years.
Just scrape the edges to remove the sharpness.
It is slippery.

Starboard would also work well. It is HDPE, high density polyethylene but pigment loaded for UV resistance, even the white.

You should not need brass/bronze in this application.
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Would a piece of brass rub rail say 1 inch wide work?
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