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emra21 01-08-2012 10:50 AM

Pocket doors
 
I want to replace my laundry door with a pocket door to make it more accessible. Do I have to remove the existing dry wall?

titanoman 01-08-2012 10:52 AM

And some studs.
You need a 6' opening for a 3' door. You sheetrock after the door is installed.

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Ironlight 01-08-2012 11:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emra21 (Post 816174)
I want to replace my laundry door with a pocket door to make it more accessible. Do I have to remove the existing dry wall?

Google to the rescue. "How to install a pocket door" =

http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/interior/4212294

rossfingal 01-08-2012 01:02 PM

Is it a load-bearing wall?

rossfingal

oh'mike 01-08-2012 01:37 PM

You need to reframe the wall with a header large enough for the entire pocket door frame---

Also a good idea to fill in the spaces between the 1x4 furring strips with 3/4" plywood---adds some stiffness to the wall and makes the drywalling easier--

packer_rich 01-08-2012 07:03 PM

Pocket doors are a pain. They are usually flimsy and if they come off the track after the install is done, their a pain to get back on. Don't slam them!
With that being said, follow the directions above, and be careful when you install and adjust the door. And when you put the base back on, use adhesive or short nails.

joecaption 01-08-2012 07:15 PM

There are some that slide on an exposted track that gets face mounted to the outside wall.
You will still loose some wall space.

Gary in WA 01-09-2012 10:46 PM

Keep in mind that pocket doors hardly stop any sound.......

Gary

DICK SCHOON 01-13-2012 11:22 AM

I am installing a 32" pocket door from lowes. What is the rough opening size?

mae-ling 01-13-2012 04:09 PM

Dick read the instructions with your kit. Usually for me it has been 2 times the door plus 1 inch.

mae-ling 01-13-2012 04:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by oh'mike (Post 816344)
You need to reframe the wall with a header large enough for the entire pocket door frame---

Also a good idea to fill in the spaces between the 1x4 furring strips with 3/4" plywood---adds some stiffness to the wall and makes the drywalling easier--

I like to put 1/2" plywood on entire area of the door kit, the drywall over that. Have to shim out any other studs on the wall with 1/2" strips too.

Also make sure your drywall screws don't go right through their thin studs and scratch the door.

emra21 01-16-2012 07:13 PM

Pocket door issue
 
My issue is this:
We bought this house a guy tried to build his self.
The laundry room has a door to go outside and door to enter the living room.
The doors open into each other which presents an issue because with the washer and dryer it doesn't leave much space to go in and out. I thought since the wall isn't a bearing wall we could put a pocket door in to save space. Sounds complicated! Any ideas or advice on what to do?

titanoman 01-16-2012 07:36 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by emra21
My issue is this:
We bought this house a guy tried to build his self.
The laundry room has a door to go outside and door to enter the living room.
The doors open into each other which presents an issue because with the washer and dryer it doesn't leave much space to go in and out. I thought since the wall isn't a bearing wall we could put a pocket door in to save space. Sounds complicated! Any ideas or advice on what to do?

It's not that complicated. Go to a supply house and look at one and ask questions about installing it.


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