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Install a Pocket Door

Construction How-To, Doors, Windows & Doors May 22, 2014 Sonia


Install the bumper and, if you have the walls open, stuffing the bays with insulation is a great sound-deadener.

Install the bumper and, if you have the walls open, stuffing the bays with insulation is a great sound-deadener.

Install the drywall to the studs and add jamb trim and casing. Before installing the jamb trim, mark the drywall where the slots in the steel stud will let your nails pass. I don’t recommend trying to remember where these holes are located, because you’ll bend a zillion nails trying to hit the spaces. Also, hand nails are much easier and lower risk than trying to shoot this 3/8-in. wide slot with a brad or finish nailer.

 

Open, Closed

Add casing and base molding for a finished look. With upcycled doors like ours you can add all kinds of funky knobs to dress up this DIY stew with extra awesome sauce.

Install the stops so the doors kiss when they close. Leave your power tools out of this one, though. Just snug them up with a screwdriver. Use the world’s smallest wrench to adjust the doors into plumb.

Install the stops so the doors kiss when they close. Leave your power tools out of this one, though. Just snug them up with a screwdriver. Use the world’s smallest wrench to adjust the doors into plumb.

Now, close the door and watch the game, body-count flick or tear-jerker rom-com without inflicting it on everyone else in the house. And from the house-geek standpoint, the room is more comfortable, more intimate, often more efficient to condition, and just plain nicer. Heck, you might even read that book you’ve been meaning to jump into.

 

Editor’s Note: Mark Clement is co-host of the MyFixitUpLife show and general contractor on Food Network’s Save My Bakery.