We had taken care of the basic pocket door preparations a while back: the framing. We have the intimidating task behind us: adding the extensions to the pocket doors. All that is left now is the heavy lifting: Installing the pocket doors.
And the heavy lifting is meant literally, because those suckers weigh a pound or two.
The doors came with the original roller mechanism, and I built the new framing with an oak rail to match it.
Right in the middle of door opening is a 12 inch section of oak rail that can be removed.
That is where we lifted to doors into place, attached the rollers, and slid them onto the rails.
Once both doors were put up, we re-attached the 12 inch removable section, and thus closed the gap in the oak rails.
We also had to install a door stop, which prevents the pocket doors from sliding past the framing. It’s a small piece of oak, a little wider than the doors, that catches on the back of the door buck.
The trim that goes around the door had been restored and lacquered for a while. Now was the time to put it up, delivering the finishing touch.
That’s a happy ending, right? Except that we had difficulties to get the roller mechanism moving smoothly. That prompted Drew to comment: “This is why people threw their pocket doors out. They always got stuck!”
More about the un-stucking in the next post…