Replacing a Pocket Door With a Swinging Door

A sliding pocket door can easily be replaced with a standard swinging door.

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The sliding door in this master suite was broken, so it was replaced with a swinging door.

Tags:
  1. Doors
  2. How To

Materials and Tools:

tape measure
chop saw
hammer
crowbar
reciprocating saw
screw gun and screws
level
finish nailer
2x4s
drywall and drywall mud
pre-hung door
trim
paint

Steps:

1. Remove molding from around existing pocket door. Cut the existing door out of frame. Carefully cut drywall and pocket door frame to allow a 2x4 "stiffener" on hinge side of the new door. Remove strike-side jamb, cut out steel track above.

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2. Cut and install a notched 2x4 on the hinge side of door. Install the new pre-hung door unit.

3. Patch drywall as needed.

4. Replace trim molding

5. Paint drywall patches and any necessary areas to match existing paint

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