How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

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How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

Pocket doors are a charming feature used in many homes. These doors allow you to hide them in the wall to create a wide opening without any obstruction. The problem with ​these sliding doors is they can need repairs. This may leave many homeowners wondering how they go about fixing something they can’t see because it is hidden in the wall. We will help you understand how to fix a pocket door without fail. Follow these tips when your home’s hidden door needs fixing.

​​Issues and Problems with Sliding Doors

​There are a variety of problems that can occur with a pocket door. Some require a simple fix, while others may need a more extensive door repair. We’ve broken down the most common problems here in this handy guide so you can diagnose the issues with your ​sliding door and know how to fix them.

​One of the most common problems that occur is with the rollers. The rollers of your ​sliding door are comprised of two parts. The roller is attached to the base, which is attached to the door. As you use your pocket door over time, these parts may begin to separate and get misaligned. You can easily adjust the base and rollers, so they are functional again.

How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

You may also notice that one of your doors is not hanging straight, which is also caused by the rollers. Rollers are unfortunately located in the wall in most instances, presenting a challenge on how to access them. You may wonder how exactly do you go about fixing this issue?

- Before we jump to the conclusion that ​you need to cut ​holes into the wall, it is always a good idea to lubricate the rollers to see if this alleviates the issue. You can use or grease as a lubricant and apply it liberally.

- You may also want to inspect the screws that were used to hold your ​sliding door in place. Many times, these screws do not have the proper threading to hold the weight of ​it for a long duration.

- Sometimes even metal stud drywall screws are used. These are not the right screws for holding your pocket door as they are not strong enough for the weight of the door for long periods of time.

You can ​presume that you have a problem with the door screws if you have not used ​it for some time and it fails at the first chance of being opened or closed repeatedly. It may also present a degraded performance if it is opened and closed too frequently.

How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

Other times you may have a roller that loosened up over time. The rollers may need to be adjusted by moving the bracket up or down against the door bracket. You can do this by adjusting the bolt that holds them in place. You will have to disassemble the frame or cut a wall hole to access the door hardware .

​Sometimes the track of your ​slider begins to sag or causes the rollers to bind. This typically happens with multi-section tracks when the screws or bolts loosen without warning.

A derailing of the rollers can even occur, or the track may loosen from the support pockets that are part of the roller frame. This will cause the door to rub against the floor when you open and close it. You may even see the door begin to bend or flex in the track as it is moved.

All of these pocket door repair scenarios require that you have some level of access to the track and roller system. That way you can get your into the confined area and make the necessary repairs or adjustments.

You may be lucky and are able to reach the problem without having to cut a hole in the wall if you have the right tools or the issue is visible outside the pocket area. It isn't uncommon for your door hardware to fail sometimes, and hopefully your repair is quick.

How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

​Now that you know what issues can occur with ​it, ​we're going to give you ​a few easy ​steps on how to repair a pocket door.

​Depending on where the issue occurs, you can sometimes get away with fixing the problem and not touching the ​frame. ​With some specialty tools ​and closing the door part way, you can sometimes get away with the door repair without removing the frame.

You will need specialty angled wrenches that can fit in a small opening. Sometimes they come with your doors at the time of installation for this very reason. Also grab a utility knife.

​Step 1: Remove the Door Frame

​If you don’t have the specialty tools that are needed to fix a ​sliding door when hung, you can start to provide access by removing the molding around the frame of your​ door, much like you would a mirror . This will allow you to take off the door completely from its hanging position.

How to Remove, Fix, Adjust, and Replace a Pocket Door in Your House

​Learning how to remove a pocket door typically starts with ​taking it off the door frame. Then, you will be able to fix many of the issues that arise with these types of doors.

- To begin the process of removing your ​sliding door from the ​hardware system, you need to open one side of the door frame.

- You can then tip the door to remove it outwards from the bottom of the pocket opening. This will give you good access to the rollers and track that are directly above the door.

If you are having trouble figuring out how to remove a pocket door from the track, you will need to examine the roller and track first. This should give you a good idea of how these components work. You can remove the door from the track by tilting it off the track and separating the rollers from track part of the door frame.

For even more access, you will need to remove the molding on the frame​. You will need to use some care. It may not be intuitive to remove the frame . It could cause some damage if not done properly.

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