I have a pocket door that keeps falling off its track. The metal track has become warped and bent down in just one or two areas. When I slide the door along the track and the front wheel goes over these areas, the wheel falls out of the track and the door gets stuck.

I cannot see how I can remove the track because the door is always hanging off of some part of it and the track is screwed to the top inside of the pocket.

I've searched for a tool to do this, but have not found anything. Is there such a tool designed specifically for it, or is there another technique to fix this annoying problem?

  • Are the warped spots reachable from the doorway? If so, could you use a bent-nose pliers to straighten the track?
    – Niall C.
    Aug 19, 2010 at 13:50
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    Yes, warped sections are reachable. That's basically what I ended up doing. I used some pliers and pushed up on the bent sections. Door still bounces and makes noise when opening and closing, but it no longer jumps off the track and jams.
    – slolife
    Aug 26, 2010 at 17:07

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Regarding your question on tools to remove the track, this article (Natural Handyman - How To Repair and Adjust Pocket Doors) says:

Many pocket doors can be adjusted with special tools from around the top of the pocket frame with the door in a partially closed position. These tools are often specially angled wrenches designed to fit into that little gap. These tools are part of the assembly kit supplied with the pocket door, but are rarely given to homeowners by the builders. Without these proprietary tools, you have to improvise with or modify standard tools.

If you can't get to the warped part of the track with any tool that you have (or can find), then you will need to cut a hole in the wall for access.

This article (Ask the Builder - Fixing a Pocket Door) has a great description of how to get access to the track. The article talks about replacing the track but it also gives a warning that if the new track is not the exact same dimensions then the little project will become much bigger. So you will have to make a decision to cut the wall to get access to the screws to replace the track or just to get to the warped section of the track.

A quote from the article:

Remove the door from the pocket and take it off the track. Use a flashlight and peer up into the pocket cavity. There is a good chance you will see the screws that fasten the track to the frame. It is now time to cut an access hole on one side of the pocket wall. This hole will allow you to get your hand or arm into the pocket so that you can loosen and remove the screws and subsequently the track.

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