Pocket sliding door problems

Old 01-05-06, 06:18 AM
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We have a pocket sliding door between the master bedroom and its bath. There are a couple of problems with this door:
1. It doesn't completely close. I cannot tell if the door is warped or the molding is not straight. But, I think there is enough room to adjust the upper track to make it fit. Does anyone know to move the track?
2. There is a strike line in the middle of the door on one side. It is caused the door moving against a pinched metal piece near the opening of the pocket. How can I take the door out of the track and the pocket to fix it?

Does anyone have a drawing of the design of a common pocket sliding door? I am wondering what that metal piece is for? I have tried to left up the door without success. I did not use any devices, since I think I should be able to lift up a door with a solid core. Is it supposed to be dismounted that way?

Old 01-05-06, 02:06 PM
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If this is a low cost type door, such as Home Depot sells every day of the week, then the door is locked onto the top rail by two small levers atop the door. Look where the door is touching the hardware and thus the top rail. If you can't see the lever, you will be able to feel them with your fingers. Pry with your finger tip until you move the lever about 90 degrees. That disengages the door. Do this on both levers.

The rail is mounted when the door opening is roughed in and generally can not be easily moved because some of the screws are inaccessible inside the wall.
Old 01-05-06, 05:34 PM
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Go to www.stanleyhardware.com. If your door was purchased at a big box, then this is probably the hardware you see. Click on "residential hardware" and then "pocket door hardware". You will see diagrams of their pocket door, which uses a barbed probosis which clicks into a carrier attached to the door top. You can release it by finding the release lever and moving it until the door drops.
The ones I am accustomed to installing, rather than having the barb, have an adjustable springed bolt sticking down from the trolley that fits into a hex indentation of the carrier on top of the door. These, are a little more difficult to remove, as the door actually has to move sideways off the trolley, and unless you remove molding to allow the door to swing one way or the other into the room, you won't be able to do it.
Maybe this will give you a primer of what you should have up there. As lugnut said, you won't be able to remove the track, as it goes back into the framing the amount of the width of the door (ie. 32" door will have a 65" track)

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