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HT4Me 05-05-2013 11:24 PM

Looking at pocket doors...
 
All,

I am finishing a 1900 square foot basement that requires the installation of two pocket doors. Is anyone familiar with a door company called Johnson? Do they make a quality product? Specifically, I am looking at the Johnson 1500 Series pocket door.

Thanks,

HT4ME

Willie T 05-05-2013 11:52 PM

A good outfit....... Love their hardware.

ddawg16 05-06-2013 12:00 AM

I have two of them. I'm not finished with all the framing yet...but I see NO issues with their hardware. Just make sure you follow the instructions.

Very important point....make sure you get the opening square.

HT4Me 05-06-2013 12:07 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1173490)
I have two of them. I'm not finished with all the framing yet...but I see NO issues with their hardware. Just make sure you follow the instructions.

Very important point....make sure you get the opening square.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Willie T (Post 1173487)
A good outfit....... Love their hardware.

ddawg and Willie T,

It sounds like a picked a good door to work with. Thanks for your feedback.

~HT4ME

mae-ling 05-06-2013 01:54 AM

The only thing I have found with any pocket door hardware is the 'studs' can be flimsy. To beef them up I put 1/2" plywood on that wall in the door area and strips to fur out the rest of the studs.

And make sure you use screws for the plywood and/or drywall that will not poke through the 'studs' and scratch your door.

Canucker 05-06-2013 06:18 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mae-ling (Post 1173534)
And make sure you use screws for the plywood and/or drywall that will not poke through the 'studs' and scratch your door.

Ugh. I found that out the hard way on the first one I installed.
Note to self: stop pulling on a pocket door when you encounter a curious amount of resistance:(

md2lgyk 05-06-2013 07:52 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by mae-ling (Post 1173534)
The only thing I have found with any pocket door hardware is the 'studs' can be flimsy. To beef them up I put 1/2" plywood on that wall in the door area and strips to fur out the rest of the studs.

And make sure you use screws for the plywood and/or drywall that will not poke through the 'studs' and scratch your door.

Johnson is indeed a good product. But I couldn't find that brand when building our house, so used whatever the kit is that's sold at Home Depot. By design, ever interior door we have (seven of them) is a pocket door. The "studs" in my kits were wrapped on one side with sheet metal so screwing through one and scratching the door wasn't an issue.

user1007 05-06-2013 08:30 AM

You might look at designer class interior barn doors. Hardware is external so you can get to it. You can get all sorts of doors from frosted glass to panel doors. Hardware can be conspicuous and rather cool or understated.

Nothing against internal pocket doors until something wacks the tracks or something and you have to tear everything part to fix the situation. Maybe not such an issue with higher end doors.
http://urbanevolutions.com/wp-conten...1.47.44-PM.jpg
http://st.houzz.com/simgs/597193b60f...rior-doors.jpg
http://cdn.lightgalleries.net/4bd5eb...1_LR_sRG-2.jpg
http://st.houzz.com/simgs/0de13cc20f...rior-doors.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sV-mAXW0OB...Barn-Doors.jpg
http://www.thehandmadehome.net/wordp...iding_door.jpg

HT4Me 05-06-2013 09:23 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by md2lgyk (Post 1173598)
Johnson is indeed a good product. But I couldn't find that brand when building our house, so used whatever the kit is that's sold at Home Depot. By design, ever interior door we have (seven of them) is a pocket door. The "studs" in my kits were wrapped on one side with sheet metal so screwing through one and scratching the door wasn't an issue.


md2lgyk,

Below is the link for the Johnson 1500. I found them on the Home Depot website.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Johnson-H...2#.UYeuT7WG3eg

HT4ME

user1007 05-06-2013 09:25 AM

Plastic rollers scare me!

HT4Me 05-06-2013 09:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by sdsester (Post 1173606)
You might look at designer class interior barn doors. Hardware is external so you can get to it. You can get all sorts of doors from frosted glass to panel doors. Hardware can be conspicuous and rather cool or understated.

Nothing against internal pocket doors until something wacks the tracks or something and you have to tear everything part to fix the situation. Maybe not such an issue with higher end doors.
http://urbanevolutions.com/wp-conten...1.47.44-PM.jpg
http://st.houzz.com/simgs/597193b60f...rior-doors.jpg
http://cdn.lightgalleries.net/4bd5eb...1_LR_sRG-2.jpg
http://st.houzz.com/simgs/0de13cc20f...rior-doors.jpg
http://3.bp.blogspot.com/-sV-mAXW0OB...Barn-Doors.jpg
http://www.thehandmadehome.net/wordp...iding_door.jpg

sdsester,

These doors look fantastic. I will keep them in mind. I would not be using pocket doors except for the fact that the two areas (bar & HT control room) where the are to be installed are in tight spaces. I mocked up the pocket doors using a 3d software application. Based on my design, by painting the doors the same color as the wall paint and not installing trim around them, they should fade a bit into the background. I do not want them to be noticeable. Especially the door on the home theater wall. Hopefully, my approach will work.

~HT4ME

ddawg16 05-06-2013 09:44 AM

Here is the link to the Johnson door on Amazon....$83

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

md2lgyk 05-06-2013 03:02 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HT4Me (Post 1173638)
md2lgyk,

Below is the link for the Johnson 1500. I found them on the Home Depot website.

http://www.homedepot.com/p/Johnson-H...2#.UYeuT7WG3eg

HT4ME

Thanks for the link. That is not the kit my Home Depot carries. Maybe it's a special order.

jagans 05-06-2013 09:44 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1173490)
I have two of them. I'm not finished with all the framing yet...but I see NO issues with their hardware. Just make sure you follow the instructions.

Very important point....make sure you get the opening square.

Dawg is right on. Level is VERY important, unless you want them to be self- closing or self-opening, as the case may be. :laughing::laughing::laughing:

HT4Me 05-06-2013 09:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ddawg16 (Post 1173648)
Here is the link to the Johnson door on Amazon....$83

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

Thanks for the link DAWG. I was going to buy this at Home Depot for $106.70. If I could just let you go through the rest of my ten page material list...:laughing:

~HT4ME


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