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Old 08-12-2011, 08:38 PM   #1
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i have a small living room and the front door opens into it blocking the couch i was thinking of fabricating a pocket entry door. or is there one on the market already? cant seem to find one.

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Pocket door systems are offered either as kits or as pre-assembled units. The pre-assembled types, sold through lumberyards and home improvement centers, include a jamb, hanger track, and pre-made cage that, when finished, becomes the pocket.

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i have a small living room and the front door opens into it blocking the couch i was thinking of fabricating a pocket entry door. or is there one on the market already? cant seem to find one.
I've never seen an exterior pocket door.
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Old 08-13-2011, 01:10 AM   #4
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i have a small living room and the front door opens into it blocking the couch i was thinking of fabricating a pocket entry door. or is there one on the market already? cant seem to find one.
I don't know if codes would allow pocket doors for egress. I could foresee problems in emergency situations.
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Old 08-13-2011, 06:21 AM   #6
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A true pocket door is going to allow very little in the way of insulation options, which is one reason you don't see them in homes.
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Difference being sliding patio doors are totally exposed, pocket doors are totally enclosed. I dunno, just askin?
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Consider buying a front door that swings out.
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Difference being sliding patio doors are totally exposed, pocket doors are totally enclosed. I dunno, just askin?
Yes, the door would be exposed, but it's the closest thing you are going to find to a pocket door for an exterior wall.
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Consider buying a front door that swings out.
Also may be against code in some places because the door can be blocked and prevented from opening (mostly an issue with snow).
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i have a small living room and the front door opens into it blocking the couch i was thinking of fabricating a pocket entry door. or is there one on the market already? cant seem to find one.
Would switch the door from LH to RH help at all? I'm guessing you've explored changing the furniture or it's arrangement too right? that would be much easier
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“R311.2 Egress door. At least one egress door shall be provided for each dwelling unit. The egress door shall be side-hinged, and shall provide a minimum clear width of 32 inches (813 mm) when measured between the face of the door and the stop, with the door open 90 degrees (1.57 rad). The minimum clear height of the door opening shall not be less than 78 inches (1981 mm) in height measured from the top of the threshold to the bottom of the stop. Other doors shall not be required to comply with these minimum dimensions. Egress doors shall be readily openable from inside the dwelling without the use of a key or special knowledge or effort.” http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...011_par001.htm

If you substitute another door in a different location, it needs to meet egress path code: “R311.1 Means of egress. All dwellings shall be provided with a means of egress as provided in this section. The means of egress shall provide a continuous and unobstructed path of vertical and horizontal egress travel from all portions of the dwelling to the exterior of the dwelling at the required egress door without requiring travel through a garage.”—check out floors and landings at egress doors, also; http://publicecodes.citation.com/ico...9_3_sec011.htm


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Also may be against code in some places because the door can be blocked and prevented from opening (mostly an issue with snow).
No code issues anywhere in the U.S. or Canada--All commercial buildings require outswing doors.
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Pocket door systems are offered either as kits or as pre-assembled units. The pre-assembled types, sold through lumberyards and home improvement centers, include a jamb, hanger track, and pre-made cage that, when finished, becomes the pocket.
Yes but are they intended for use as exterior doors?
I don't think so!

Kelleyw, are there any electrical devices (inside or out) that would interfere with this notion? [ie. Light switches, porch lights, door bells, etc.]
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Yes but are they intended for use as exterior doors?
I don't think so!

Kelleyw, are there any electrical devices (inside or out) that would interfere with this notion? [ie. Light switches, porch lights, door bells, etc.]
Your right Bud, I was reading and posting at the same time and caught it after I posted. And no they donít make them for exterior doors.

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