I am new to DIY and bought some custom door handles; I'd like to install them on both sides of a pocket door, but I'm not sure how. I asked the manufacturer for an installation guide, but they haven't gotten back to me.

The handle has two holes, one for a 1/8" screw and one for a very small metal dowel, about 1/32" wide and 3/8" long.

The 1/8" screw is 1 7/8" long and goes in 1/4" deep into the handle. It has a cap nut that covers 1/4" of the other end, and a washer that is 1/32" wide.

The 1/32" dowel is 3/8" long and goes in 1/8" into the handle.

My door is 1 3/4" thick.

I'd like to install handles at the same height and mirrored orientation on both sides of the door; it seems like I could do that by drilling a single hole through the door and using a dowel screw 1/4" + 1 3/4" + 1/4" = 2 1/4" long, but I'm not sure that would work. On the other hand, I don't want to have the fastener for the screw showing on the opposite side of the door, which would also prevent installation in a mirrored conformation.

Pictures of the assembly below:

Back of the handle

Side view of the handle with the screw & metal dowel inserted

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    Is your door hollow? How can you have protruding handles on a pocket door, btw? Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 3:41
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    @JimmyFix-it Exactly what I was wondering. I thought the whole point of a pocket door is that it slid into the wall. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 4:10
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    Installing that handle on the door will prevent it from sliding all the way open. You need a recessed handle that will sit inside the thickness of the door in order for it to operate.
    – FreeMan
    Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 12:21
  • You got a "custom" handle set, but custom for what application? Look at videos on how pocket door handles are supposed to work. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 12:55

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I think you’ve got the wrong type of door hardware. Pocket door pull handles is like this:


You can Google “pocket door hardware “ and you’ll see many styles to choose from.

  • If the poster does not need the latching (locking) function, then there are handles without that. Commented Feb 23, 2021 at 12:58

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