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Old 01-11-2011, 09:42 PM   #1
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lnstall 24" pocket door in a load bearing wall


There is a finished 24"door opening in the bearing wall. I know I have to remove another 25inches but my question is, one side is plaster--I would like to save this side, the other drywall. Can I cut out the drywall side, carefully cut 2/3 of the 2 x 4 studs out, then install the pocket door frame against the remaining stud, adding a 2 X 6 double header to carry the load. The new drywall could then be applied to the open wall. Will this work?


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There is a finished 24"door opening in the bearing wall. I know I have to remove another 25inches but my question is, one side is plaster--I would like to save this side, the other drywall. Can I cut out the drywall side, carefully cut 2/3 of the 2 x 4 studs out, then install the pocket door frame against the remaining stud, adding a 2 X 6 double header to carry the load. The new drywall could then be applied to the open wall. Will this work?
You have to take the existing header out and install one header for the rough opening. You need an architect or engineer to tell you what size header to use.

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First of I agree with Joe....Make sure that you have it framed correctly with the proper header to carry the load.

With regard to your idea: Are you wanting to leave an inch of each stud in place and then
place your pocket door frame against those 1" studs?
A couple of things come to mind.
1. Doing that will push your door unit out into the room with the drywall side.
This means that your door will not be centered in the wall so your trim detail
on either side of the door will be different.
2. More importantly, in order for pocket doors to look and function right they
must be installed plumb, level and square in both directions. By leaving that
wall in place you are making it more difficult to plumb up the opening in the
room to room direction.
3. Finally, you are going to do an awful lot of work to rip those studs down
in place...I can't really think of an easy way to do it. You would be better
off by demoing both walls and having the flexibility of moving the unit around
to where it works and looks the best and then drywall and tape both sides.
Since you are taping one side already, it won't be much more work to do both sides.

Best of luck with the project!
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Old 01-13-2011, 05:01 PM   #4
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Listen to the Door Guy!
If you managed to cut the existing studs, you'd shake the wall so much, the plaster would fall off anyway!
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