How To Repair a Pocket Door

How to fix sticky, noisy or just plain broken pocket doors

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Do you have a pocket door that sticks or doesn't open or shut all the way? Don't replace it if you don't have to—just install a new track, new rollers or both, and your pocket door will work like it did when it was new.

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Cut an access hole

Cut an access hole in the wall with a drywall saw to remove the old track and install a new one. Check for obstructions before pounding the saw through the plaster or drywall to start the cut.

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Install the new pocket door track

Install the new pocket door track in the center of the track slot. Position the track at the depth recommended by the manufacturer.

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Use a 2x6 to check the new track

Using a 2x6 as a stand-in for your door, check for secure attachment to the track, smooth travel into the pocket, and easy access to adjustment screws. When satisfied with the alignment, transfer the rollers to the door.

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Attach the rollers to the door

Use this detail shot as a guide for attaching the rollers to the door.

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Rehang the door

Rehang the door by angling the bottom toward you, lifting up with a lever, and pulling back on the top of the door to hook the rollers onto the track.