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replacing cheap builder sliding doors

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Our house has multiple closets with the cheap builder sliding doors. The doors always come off the track. I don't like the low budget feel of these doors.

I know some slider/track upgrades are available which will probably help with the track problem, but what about replacing the doors entirely with like a French door style?

The problem I am facing is that my openings are about 46 3/4, but the doors I've seen are 48 inches. I'd rather not reframe/retrim the entire opening.

Does anyone have any good suggestions for a sliding closet door replacement?

Is there any option of a solid wood door so I can trim a bit off each side to make it fit?? If so, can you provide a link? All I've seen are hollow doors.
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Your opening is correct for a 48" door, if this is a pocket door you are describing. Run a tape measure completely back to the end of the pocket and extend it to where the door stops. It should be about 96 to 98". In order to remove and replace the door, one side of your header trim must be removed. Look up and see if there are screws holding one side of the trim in place. If so, removing the screws will allow the trim to come down and give you access to the door.

You will be limited to the style of trolleys based on the type of track you have. I find that a three wheel trolley to be more stable. The trolleys, once released from the door can be removed through an opening at the end of the track. Removing the door usually only requires the release of a lock mechanism on top of the door, which you will only gain with the trim removed.

You can post pictures of what you see so we can see if you want to.
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I believe he is talkng about double sliding bypass closet doors.
Good call. Not sure why my mind automatically went to pocket doors.
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