Installing Pocket Doors

Steve Watson helps install pocket doors in keeping with the style of a Victorian interior.

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Materials and Tools:

pocket door kit
door casing
32" panel door
8’ 1x6 (6)
air compressor and hoses
caulking gun
circular saw
drill
electric miter saw
finish nailer
gloves
hammer
measuring tape
pry bar
safety glasses

Steps:

  1. Carefully remove the drywall on the closet side, opening up the wall. Cut away the studs carefully, making certain not to not damage the wall on the other side. Open up the door frame using a circular saw and hand saw. The opening should be 1-3/4", wide enough for the pocket door to pass through.
  2. Most pocket doors come with a kit that provides a top track and split studs for the door to pass through. The header needs to be installed first, then the split studs. Hang the pocket door on the track and make sure that it slides straight and true. Only then should you cover the exposed wall with drywall.
  3. Install the door latch hardware per the manufacturer's instructions. Check to make sure the door closes and opens properly, and then finish the drywall.
  4. After the drywall mud has dried, sand any applicable areas and add door trim. Then simply prime and paint to taste.

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