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The Secret to Pocket Doors' Success

Pocket doors can be genius solutions for all kinds of rooms — but it’s the hardware that makes all the difference. See why Full Story
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gofmiwok: Look at the video that Johnson Hardware provided. It will show you a a way.

Do a little research and check out the various tracks --The video shows a typical cheap track - you can see how thin it is. Even with the better extruded design they make heaver tracks for heavy doors.

I don't normally install the stops and if I must -- say on a bathroom - I only install in on the inside. You can see on the video what a pain it is when everything is nailed together and painted and you have to remove it - you can't get the door out without messing up the frame

The video looks like it would be a solution -- especially if you have the door in the middle of a big wall. To bad I had not seen it earlier. In a short wall -- less that 4' wide .. it may be easier to cut out the whole space and replace with a sheet of drywall. I'm not the best patcher of drywall -- better at the corners.
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There are many areas of a home in which it pays off big time in the long run to spend a few extra bucks. Pocket door systems are one of them. Foundations, framing and roofing are others but that's a whole different story. The extra expense involved is not only in materials but the skill and knowledge of the tradesmen doing the work.

Typically, you won't find either of those in your average tract or "builders" home. The average buyer doesn't want to spend money on something they can't see. Unfortunately, this scenario is not limited to volume builders. In thirty years of building in an area of significant building activity I have only met a handful of builders/Contractors who understand the difference and care enough to spend the extra money to protect the buyer's long term investment. Pocket doors are just one of the many places where you can pay a little now or a lot later to get something that works well.

TAG mentioned the header. This is a VERY important consideration. If you have a pocket door frame installed originally in the home, there should be a support header above the frame that is NOT touching the pocket door frame other than a few spots where shims and screws were added to stabilize the door frame. If you are adding a new opening or replacing an existing with a larger one, get a competent (meaning meany years in the business with a corresponding list good client referrals) to review the situation AND add the header & install the door.

If it's a non-load bearing wall, the header's only function is to stabilize the door frame. It it is a load bearing wall, considerable care and expertise must be utilized in any modification to prevent serious (and quite possibly dangerous) events from taking place either during or after the construction work. In a mufti-story house if's this is even more of a consideration.

In any pocket door installation, the pocket door frame is not intended to carry the weight of any load from above.

If you can't find a construction expert that you feel comfortable with to make this determination, hire a Professional Structural Engineer to asses the home's suitability for this change. It will cost you a few hundred bucks but could save you tens of thousands (or your life) in the long run.

Correctly installed using good quality hardware, a pocket door is an excellent method of getting the benefits of a closeable door without requiring or giving up room space for the door to open. Someone stated builders hadn't been using them for 60 yrs. That may be true in their specific part of the country, and likely true in any area that you buy a house from a production builder. Any thing that adds a dime that they can't get a dollar for or that takes special skill to include - is not part of their business model. That doesn't mean they haven't been used in custom applications.

And, for special applications, you sometimes have to think outside the box a little bit. If you don't like or want users to have to deal with figuring out how to work the disappearing pocket door hardware, then don't make the door disappear completely. If you have the wall space to work with, put in a larger opening and use exterior hardware like a sliding patio door. If you want a 28" (normally a comfortable bathroom door size) door opening, install a 36" frame and door but install a stop mount in the frame to prevent the door from opening more than the 28" space requirement. This leaves nearly 6 inches to install protruding hardware that makes it easy for anyone to open, close and lock and at a much more reasonable price than the concealed hardware.

The biggest factor is finding someone in your area who is skilled enough to do the job properly. This is NOT a diy project for the homeowner, nor a job for Hank the Handyman. Think of it as surgury. You wouldn't let just anyone cut on you without spending some time finding out if they knew what they were doing...don't you think your house deserves similar con
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Guest Picks: Handy Finds for Painting Projects of All Kinds

Make over rooms and furniture more easily and with better results with the right paint and gear Full Story
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A couple of tips I forgot to mention:
1) I wash &save the Styrofoam trays that meat comes in for small paint jobs. Such easy clean up. When finished just throw away the tray.

2) I use disposable paint rollers, but hate to use a new one if I have to second coat a room the next day. Just place the roller, handle and all, into a plastic bag. Wrap the end of the bag tightly around the handle and store in the refrigerator. Works like a charm.
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A top quality brush (Purdy, Wooster) will allow you to get a straight line; you do need a "steady" hand, but the brushes are key. Also, not putting too much paint on the brush is critical. In my opinion Frog Tape is the best - no paint gets under tape.. again, not having too much paint on the brush when painting over the tape is the key to success. I haven't used the brush cover, but routinely wrap stretch tite around the brush to save it for the next day. It works very well. Take the author's advice and buy top quality products -brushes, rollers, paint. It makes a big difference.
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Linda McDougald Design | Postcard from Paris Home
It is a brick shaped paver.
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This coffee table is from Restoration Hardware. It is called the "Dutch Industrial Coffee Table."
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