How To Replace a Pocket Door
It is necessary to replace a pocket door when it becomes warped and difficult to operate. Pocket doors slide into a wall and are most often found in older homes. The pocket door rides on a lower and upper track. Most often these types of doors are on bathrooms to save valuable floor space. Because of the moisture the door will warp over time. When it is necessary to replace a pocket door, it doesn't mean the track and hardware require replacement. Replacing a pocket door will require removal of the door to get the proper measurement for a door blank. Most homeowners can accomplish this task with a few hand tools and some patience.
Tools and Materials Necessary To Replace a Pocket Door
Small pry bar
Pocket door blank
Drill with bits
Remove Pocket Door
Score along the seam between the inside door frame trim and the wall with a utility knife. This will cut through any old paint and caulk. Be sure to score anywhere the trim meets the wall. Repeat for both sides of the opening as well as the top trim.
Pry the trim away from the opening with a small pry bar and hammer. Work up and down the trim a little at a time so that you do not break the trim. Set the trim aside and pull the trim nails out from it with a pair of pliers.
Ask you helper to stand outside the door opening while you stand inside the room. Slide the pocket door closed. Grab the door panel by its sides and lift up while you helper pushes the bottom of the door panel toward you. Angle the top rollers out of the upper track and pull the door panel completely away from the opening.
Lay the pocket door panel on the floor and remove the roller hardware and handle hardware with a Phillips screwdriver.
Measure the length, width and thickness of the pocket door blank with a tape measure. Purchase a replacement blank from a home improvement center.
Installing Pocket Door
Measure the distance for the hardware screw holes from the previous pocket door and transfer the measurements to the new pocket door blank. Drill pilot holes for the securing screws using a bit that is slightly smaller than the screws.
Attach the pocket door rollers and handle hardware to the new pocket door blank. Secure the screws with the Phillips screwdriver.
Lift the new pocket door blank by its side, with your helper standing outside the opening. Install the pocket door into the upper track angling the rollers into the track groove. Your helper will need to pull the lower half of the pocket door towards them.
Align the bottom of the door with the lower track inside the wall. Close and open the pocket door to test its operation.
Reattach the door opening trim to the opening with brad nails and a hammer.
Tips and Warnings
Inspect the hardware and track for damage. Replace roller hardware as necessary. You will often have to tighten track screws as well as they do become loose over time.
Always use eye protection and wear work gloves.