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Do exterior pocket doors exist? [closed]

Is there such a thing as a pocket door (with seal) for 4" exterior walls? We want to replace our sliding glass doors.
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Pocket Door Hardware Issue

I cannot figure out how to assemble the pocket door mortise hardware I bought. I bought the same Santa Monica hardware for 3 pocket doors, and all of them came with front and back plates that both ...
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Looking for a hinge that slides out first

I am trying to find a hinge that will come out about 2-4 inches and then open. I can find slide mechanisms for furniture like a TV stand or armoire but they slide back once opened but I need one that ...
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Hanging Hooks on a Pocket Door Wall

I have a very small bathroom with extremely limited space and poor planning, and the only place I could put anything to hang two towels is on a narrow sliver of wall next to the shower stall. I’m ...
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Wood fiber from pocket door

My son accidentally sprayed water from the shower onto the tile floor. The water made its way to the pocket door area and it caused the door trim to swell, and the door became difficult to open and ...
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Pocket door: securing lower frame?

I installed a Cox 32 Series pocket door. The instructions don't mention securing the bottom of the frame to the building. You can see the bottom of the frame is simply floating above the sub-floor. I'...
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Is this pocket door hardware missing a piece to lock the nut?

I have a pocket door that was installed about a year ago and that frequently sticks. The contractor who installed it has made about three repair attempts. He will do something to it (I haven't been ...
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What has caused my pocket door to be stuck?

I just got a new (to me) home and it has a pocket door stuck closed. It is a little slanted with the top of the pocket door a 1/2 inch recessed from the door stop trim while the bottom of the door ...
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Framing for a load-bearing wall pocket door install

I live in the province of Ontario and am getting ready to frame for a pocket door in a load-bearing wall with a rough opening of 66.5 inches (1.68m). It's standard 2x4 framing and it's a bungalow so ...
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Merging relocated door header and load-bearing wall

I wanted to replace a regular door with a pocket door, moving it almost a foot to the side. I didn't expect the wall to be load bearing, but it turns out to be. I'm trying to figure the correct ...
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is there a way to prevent my pocket door from rubbing where the door handle goes?

I was attempting to reuse a door when I installed my pocket door for my bathroom. As I installed the handle, I noticed the door is rubbing in the middle of the jamb. Where my guides are at the bottom, ...
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Filling a screw hole that turned crooked and broke the surface of a hollow core door

I installed the hardware for this pocket door about 1/8" too close to the front edge of the door. The screw holes are not only in the wrong place now, but they turned diagonal and broke out the ...
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Pocket Door Slow Close: Super smooth when closing, but hard to open

I replaced an old school pocket door track with one of these tracks. It's really smooth when it closes, but it's a bit tough to open (tough enough that the wife has complained about it already). You ...
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How to install kitchen shelves in a wall which conceals a pocket door?

What are methods to install kitchen shelves on a wall behind which is the cavity for a pocket door? There are a few studs in the cavity but I'm not sure if they are thin studs and if they would be ...
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Install door handles on opposite sides of a pocket door

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 ...
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Repeated new pocket door problems

New pocket door installed by reputable company this spring. After a few weeks, it was gouging the door. They have been back 3-4x, even changed the door once. Always goes perfect for awhile, then ...
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Bathroom pocket door warps as fall comes

I have a couple pocket doors I replaced a couple years ago in the summer. One door is between a powder room and full bath, the other is between the master bedroom and the same full bath. They're the ...
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What kind of threshold can I use on concrete?

I just laid some vinyl planking throughout most of my house and there are a few places where I don't know what kind of threshold to use. Here I have a rock floor meeting the vinyl planking underneath ...
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Is this pocket door header load-bearing?

I removed two pocket doors in my second story bathroom (see picture 1 & 2). I would like to remove the headers above the pocket doors and open up the bathroom. However, I wasn't expecting such a ...
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How should I stop pocket doors from scraping on the jamb?

I have pocket doors that occasionally scrape on the inside on their frame which scuffs them up. How should I protect against this? I was thinking of using the soft side of velcro strips inside the ...
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How can I remove studs and screws from the inside of drywall when installing a pocket door without needing to do paint and patch work on both sides?

I'm planning on taking a few weeks off to do some DIY in the fall, and one of those things is replacing the standard-hinged door in my walk-in closet with a pocket door. This is a non-load bearing ...
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Replacing Door Header After Pocket Door Removal

I'm in the middle of opening up a doorway where a pocket door once lived. This is in the first floor of a single story home in a wall that runs along the I-beam (which is below this floor in the ...
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How do you service a pocket door?

We have a pocket door where it appears that the suspension hardware needs service or replacement. I can't see a way to access it without a lot of deconstruction. I'm hoping there's another way. The ...
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Pocket door latch side is higher than the other

My pocket door has become uneven. The latch side is higher than the other side and the roller cannot be seen. What is the easiest way for me to readjust the door? It rolls a little hard, but does ...
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Pocket door that doesn't require much overhead space [closed]

We are installing a door between a bedroom and a bonus room (which used to be a patio). The opening used to be an exterior doorway in a concrete block house. The opening is 80.5, and we would like to ...
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How can I create a pocket door locking mechanism? [closed]

Anyone know how I can make a pocket door lock? My brain is designing a few but can't figure our the best materials. I used to have a chain slide lock but i had to break into my room.
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How to fix double pocket doors so they stays in the center when closed?

I have a double pocket door installed that closes together. It is installed by connecting both tracks together. Now each door can freely go from its wall to 2x to the other side. In hindsight, I ...
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How can you stop dual pocket doors so they close in the center and do not come off the track

New pocket doors installed, but if you close the doors and maybe one is beyond the center, it comes off the track. What can be done to stop the doors in the center?
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Custom pocket door with insulation, water pipes and tile!

So I have a little house and would love to use pocket doors all over it. It seems the Johnson hardware 1500 series doors with the ball bearing rollers have great reviews and slide like butter. So I'm ...
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How do I secure electrical wiring to a pocket door frame?

I recently installed 2 pocket door kits together from one room to an adjacent in my house. The building inspector said he saw no problem with me installing a light switch in a shallow electrical box ...
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Is it OK to nail 1/2" plywood straight to the pocket-door box?

The guy I hired to frame for a new pocket-door, mounted the pocket-door box on the top (to a second-story joist) and on the bottom (toe-nailed to the floor). When I asked him to install some studs on ...
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How can I prevent my twin pocket doors from meeting too hard?

We have two pocket doors, each 36" that meet to close off a 6' entryway between our living room and our sunroom. Both doors have stops, but the stops overlap so that when one door is out and the ...
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How do I slow down a pocket door when opening and closing?

I had a pocket door installed in 2009 and the pocket door slides way too fast when opening and closing. I can't work out how to slow it down.
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What should I consider when choosing a pocket door system?

I am considering installing a few pocket doors in our “inner hallway”, these will be behind built-in bookshelf’s. Ideally I wish to reuse our heaver weight 1930 doors, as they match the rest of the ...
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Can I unwarp sliding pocket doors so that they move freely once more?

We have a pair of sliding / pocket doors where one side is painted and the other side is mostly taken up with a mirror. Well, the color was atrocious so we painted one side, but didn't get to ...
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Is it possible to install pocket doors in the cavity of an external wall?

Is it possible to install pocket doors in the cavity of an external wall, it will be an internal door as it's between a room and a conservatory. The cavity does have foam in it though.
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How do I fix a pocket door wheel track?

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 ...
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In the UK, where do I buy a “pocket door” kit from?

“pocket doors” are common the USA, however they are hardly never seen in the UK, so how do I buy one in the UK?
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How do I fit a “pocket door”?

What are the fitting options including using a preformed kit etc?
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What is a “pocket door”?

Outside of the USA, most people have never heard of the term “pocket door”. Can you explain what this is?
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What is the best way to adjust pocket doors stuck on carpet?

We had new carpet installed with a thicker pad. Now the pocket doors stick on the carpet. What is the best way to get at them to adjust them? The best options I have come up with is to remove the ...
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