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What can I do about pocket doors that are blocked by floor tiles?

Could you cut out the bottom (1/4-1/2 inch) on a pocket door while it is still in the frame? What tools would you use? How would you make sure cut is straight?

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You could use a vibrating saw, but the cut, as your next question implies, will be ragged unless you clamp a guide on the door. –  Richard Raustad Sep 7 '13 at 3:24
    
Ideally, you should take the door off and use a power planer to remove small amounts from the bottom. The one at harbor freight is dirt cheap and could do a small job like this. –  Evil Elf Sep 7 '13 at 15:23

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Hire a Door Trimming Saw.

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In the UK HSS stocks them.

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Shave the bottom of the pocket door so it clears the tile. You have about an inch and a half of plug inside the hollow core door to trim. Don't shave more than 3/4" off the bottom. If you can, trim equal amounts off the top and bottom.

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Well why didn't I think of that? –  DMoore Sep 7 '13 at 2:39
    
You did, this was a test question. –  Richard Raustad Sep 7 '13 at 2:42

The face of hollow core doors can be easily cut with a couple passes of a utility knife.

Do that first on both sides

Then use a recip saw like a sawzall to cut the whitewood. Leave a 1/16 inch margin. Use blocking on the floor for a level cut.

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