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Maria

houseideas987 - your builder sounds like he just doesn't want to put them in. There is a way to put sweeps on them and also they can just 'drop a 12"x12" return' in the closet and there is no way that will happen. Or if it's a large walk-in closet, it will have a vent (or 2) in it and even if the door is shut it won't be 'air tight' and the air will circulate. Plus, I would think if the bathroom has adequate exhaust ventilation (and you use it - we just put the preset timers in place of a switch for them so they turn off after whatever time you choose when you turn it on) that will NEVER be a problem.

Your builder must be my builders twin ... I hope your experience in building was better than ours! But, I do love my pocket doors. The guys who installed them could have been 'more craftsman' and 'less beginner' and then I wouldn't have had to go and putty up around the pulls, etc.

I hope you won with the pocket doors. I wish I had known that my builder didn't listen to us and 'line the pocket itself' with plywood and make the walls with 2x6's instead of 2x4s' in those areas. If he had done that (like we specified) then nailing into the walls wouldn't have even been a second thought. He also scammed us on sheetrock with 1/2" instead of 3/4".

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tbear2 - people hate pocket doors because builders just don't know how to install them anymore and they use the 'bare minimum' when it comes to the pocket door hardware. It's all about the $$$. If they can cut corners and you can't see it then they will. We experienced it first hand. I'm grateful that I was able to watch that particular part of our house build because our builder skimmed quality in so many places that are easily hidden and we are still finding those things 4 years later. I LOVE pocket doors too. Swinging doors take up tons of room and I can totally 'get' the 'child on knees throwing up'. Had one I had to put in an empty garden tub once because he was so small and the builder of that house had put carpet EVERYWHERE, including the toilet areas. Haven't had carpet in a house ANYwhere since. Hardwood floors are beautiful, warm and really easy to care for if finished with oil based urethane. Lots of 'living and learning' took place to know what we wanted in this house. lol

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