Getting hit in the face as a door opens towards you unexpectedly is an experience you won't forget quickly. One solution to this problem is a pocket door. This style of door slides in and out of the wall system beside it. It also reduces the footprint needed for a door to operate, providing additional space for furniture or other personal items. Installing a pocket door is done with a few common tools.
Things You'll Need
- Pocket door kit
- Measuring tape
- flat pry bar
- Drywall saw
- Reciprocating saw
- Drywall screws
- Finishing nails
- Paint bruch
Remove the existing door by pulling the pins out of the hinges. These pins are removed by pushing a nail up through the bottom of the pin. A hammer may be necessary as the pins can be tight.
Pry off the trim around the door with a flat pry bar. Remove the door casing and baseboard trim using the same method.
Measure and mark the size of the cut out necessary, on both sides of the wall, for the pocket door you purchased
Cut along these lines with a drywall saw. Remove the drywall from this location by prying the edges and pulling back with your hands.
Cut the wood wall studs with a reciprocating saw along the drywall cut lines. Remove the wall studs. Install a header at the top of the cut out if this wall is part of the home's structure.
Frame the cut out using the same size wood as the current wall system. Consult your local building authority for framing building codes for your area.
Install the sliding door track to the top of the door frame using the screws provided. Make sure the door track is correctly oriented, using a level, before securing to the frame.
Place the door in the track and make sure it operates properly by sliding it back and forth.
Cut two pieces of drywall to cover the pocket door in the closed position. Install the drywall into position with drywall screws.
Plaster the joints of the drywall and allow to dry. Sand the plaster till smooth.
Reinstall the door jam and door trim by nailing it back to the wall. The trim should go all the way around the door on both sides, covering the drywall and door jam seams.
Apply paintable caulking along the trim seams and allow to dry. Paint the trim and drywall to match the existing colors.
Install the door handle with the screws provided.
Tips & Warnings
- Be careful not to cut wires or plumbing that may be present behind the drywall.
- Wear safety glasses when operating the reciprocating saw.
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