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Old 06-16-2013, 04:00 AM   #1
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There have been a couple of threads asking about pocket door hardware.

I bought the hardware for one awhile back....like 1.5 years back.....and I'm just now getting around to installing it...

I bought the Johnson Hardware kit off Amazon. I think I paid like $90 for the kit. It can be 'adjusted' for different door widths. The 'adjustment' requires you to make a couple of cuts....no big deal if you have a sawzall...

Ok...time for some pics....

The kit comes with 4 'studs'....since I already had a wall on one side, I only had to use two of them.





One very important point....your doorway has to be plumb and square. The kit as enough adjustment in it to help out.







I would suggest downloading the install instructions if you want more info.

On a side note....I have another kit that I am 'really' making some mods to...it's for my oldest son's closet. I'm making it into a split pocket door. My son and I are going to make up a gear system so they both open a the same time....sort of like the doors on the USS Enterprise.

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Ddawg---I usually fill in the spaces between the 'studs' with 3/4" plywood.

Pocked doors are used on bathrooms frequently---and towel bars and such must be mounted on those 'walls'---anchors are to deep and will hit the door.

Having a solid plywood backing allows you to use the appropriate length screws ---

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Good point Mike....but in this case, it's going to have a dryer next to it....no towel rack...or anything else of any significant weight.
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I used that same kit. Every interior door in our log house (seven of them) is a pocket door. My wife designed the house and that's what she wanted.
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Pocket doors,properly done, with good hardware are a fine addition to a home--sometimes the best or only way to close an opening---
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I like to use screws where that meets the floor. I have used nails in the past, but I found that sometimes it causes a squeak when someone walks by.
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Mine are screwed. When ever possible I prefer screwing to nailing.
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Although the hardware can work on any type of door — solid or hollow core or flat or paneled — it’s a good idea to buy a pocket door hardware system that includes the door. For a bathroom, consider a door with a mirror on one or both sides, which is a convenient and useful choice.

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