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Question DetailsAsked on 1/8/2017

what can be done when slats fall out of louver doors and can't go back in?

4 closet doors will have to be replaced if I can't fix/replace missing slats. I have tried several times and was told it can't be fixed

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Assuming wooden slats - if the pins on the ends of the louvers are broken, it is possible to cut them off and drill and glue in replacement pieces of doweling as pivot points.

If the slats are falling out, without the end pins breaking off, then the frame is broken or joint(s) are loose - with it loosened up a bit they can be progressively (from one end to the other as the gap is closed up) reinserted in place as the gap is closed up - then obviously the frame needs to be glued and probably screwed or nailed to hold together. Commonly a 2-person job - one person sticking slats in as the other controls the frame opening.

As for missing slats - if a common size/shape you might be able to buy a medicine chest or small door at a box store with the right size slats and scavenge some from it to use (might need finishing).

You don't say enough to tell exactly what type closet doors you have, but typical bifold louvered closet doors run about $100 range per bifold door (commonly 2/closet for wider full-size closets) - and while not real hard to install yourself, probably about $50-150 for a handyman to install one closet worth assuming the right size are bought, so keep that total amount in mind when considering repair versus replacement. Though of course could well run several hundred more to refinish to match existing room, if you can't find a finish in stock you like.

Handyman would be the one to look into repair - or Carpenter - Woodworking. For new doors most Handymen could do the installation, or of course Doors would also be a logical Search the List category to locate well-rated and reviewed vendors for this.

One other possibility - call around and find a door/window and millwork shop that actually makes louvered doors - you might be able to take them in and have them make/plut in new slats and tighten up the frame as necessary. For most such doors, with pin-in-bracket hinge mounts and top-only glide in trackguide, you can just pull the spring-loaded top pin that engages in the glide down to clear and disengage it, fold the door open (if bifold), then lift up on the door to disengage the bottom pin, then slide out from the top hinge bracket - the bracket usually stay in place.

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