Pocket doors & Existing walls

Old 10-26-03, 08:35 AM
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Pocket doors & Existing walls

My parents house had pocket doors in the kitchen which I loved, so I have thought about installingl pocket doors in our bathrooms b/c they might make more sense there- the current scheme of doors in this house is pretty comical. I have questions about installation and where to begin.

I think the biggest question is- are we looking at having to rip out sections of wall to install a pocket door or is there a way to do this with minimal demolition/ reconstruction?

I know HD and Lowes sell the kits without the doors- so where do we get the door?

Other than HD & Lowes, any suggestions on purchasing pocket doors kits?

How would you rate this type of project on a scale of very hard (hire someone) to very easy (definately a diy)

Thanks for any info and ideas! This project is just in the preliminary stages and I don't want to get in over my head.

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First its like what can you do,to say hard or not? The first thing is would this door be in a bearing wall?Do you have to put a header up there. How do the joist or rafters run over the top of the wall. Now where the door is now think of how wide the door is now, go that wide on the left or right of the door for how you want it to slide. If you cut the wall out there, is there any electric or water pipes that you will have to move?
What Home Depot And Lowes have is what you use for this . The door you have is also the one you can use if you want.
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Ed's right on the money. determining whether or not this should be a diy, would really be decided by your skill set & time frame. It could be done by an experienced diyer, but I wouldn't recommend it for a first time home improvement job. This should be thoroughally thought out before you ever begin and it will be messy. There's my $.02 worth.
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For the options on the hardware go to johnson hardware's web site at http://www.johnsonhardware.com/
Stanley has some hardware available now, but the cheap open side rail they are selling is how pocket doors got a bad name. You want the 'C' shaped track with the three wheel bogeys. They cannot come off the track accept at the end when you want them to. The site also has exact dimensions for the track widths and typical wall cross sections. The biggest problem is that in a standard 2x4 wall you cannot have any electrical boxes where the pocket is on either side.

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