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Old 05-12-2014, 04:16 PM   #1
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I'm looking to install converging pocket doors leading in to a laundry room in a new addition. i've been reading up on how these go in, and they require an open space of 4X the door width. unfortunately its a bearing wall and I can't do this span, so my idea was to build a second 2X4 wall against the bearing wall, use that for the doors, have a conventional jam in the bearing wall, with the pocket doors behind it. so basically an 8" jam with the doors in the rear half. does this make sense? has anyone tried something similar or have better advice? and finally, any reco on the best kits? I see a lot of Johnson in my searches.

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I don't see why it wouldn't work. I can't help you on the hardware.

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I would build the second wall on the flat(1 1/2 thick instead of 3 1/2). Not sure that is what you meant. I would think about notching the existing wall where the door goes and adding more 2xs on flat.
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Adding a proper header would allow you to do it.
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I'm looking to install converging pocket doors leading in to a laundry room in a new addition. i've been reading up on how these go in, and they require an open space of 4X the door width. unfortunately its a bearing wall and I can't do this span, so my idea was to build a second 2X4 wall against the bearing wall, use that for the doors, have a conventional jam in the bearing wall, with the pocket doors behind it. so basically an 8" jam with the doors in the rear half. does this make sense? has anyone tried something similar or have better advice? and finally, any reco on the best kits? I see a lot of Johnson in my searches.

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are you sure you don't mean 2x the door width ?
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That is the best way to do it. A lot of people use the pre-built pocket door frames and they are junk. Build the pockets out of 2x4 on each side and you will not get the wall wobble effect when you push on it.

Johnson hardware is good. I use it often.
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are you sure you don't mean 2x the door width ?
That would be for a single pocket door, a double pocket door would need 4X.
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I used that approach with my master bath remodel. But the circumstances were different. My existing wall had electrical in it. So to avoid messing with the wiring, I built a new wall/compartment in front of the existing opening to house my (single) pocket door. It worked beautifully! The only sacrifice was that we lost about 5 1/2" by 56 1/2"of space from the bedroom. It was well worth it. You've got the right idea. Build the compartment yourself. The ones sold in the stores are incredibly flimsy. I would recommend using Johnson Hardware's heavy duty track if possible. Good luck!
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excellent thx to all for your comments. always nice to hear your on the right track!

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