I have a door to my laundry room that recedes in to the wall cavity.
It is hangs from two brackets that have wheels attached and slide on
a rail. One of the brackets is loose and the door no longer slides. I
con'y figure out how to get it off the rails and out of the frame with
out removing the molding. Any one know if this is the right approach?
The pocket door should be smaller than the doorway opening without the stops
installed. See here:
The stops prevent the door from swinging when the door is closed. Pry out
the stops carefully, then you should be able to tilt the door into one room,
lift it off the track, and down out of the doorway.
... of course, depending on your door, you may be able to adjust it in
Those are called "pocket doors", and boy need the asme advice and
aven't found anything.
I was told that 6 8 10 years ago "Ask This Old House" did a story on
pocket door repair, but I've never
been able to find a copy of that isode.
I've repaired two of these pocket doors recently.
Examine the carriage at the top of the door. It is likely two pieces,
with one part screwed to the top of the door and the other with wheels
riding in the rail. Here's an example: (Amazon.com product link shortened)-
The part on the top of the door has a peg that fits into a hole in the
upper part, then is secured by a sliding plate. Most likely, the sliding
plate has slid back to the "disengaged" position, allowing the parts to
The fix is to jiggle the door until the post slides into the hole, then
levering the plate back into position.
1) Use a small lever on the floor to move the door up and down with your
foot. Two small pieces of wood will do.
2) Use whatever screwdrivers will fit to position the carriage over the
3) Press up HARD with the lever to get the pin to seat.
4) Use the screwdriver to move the plate into position. Try not to
scratch the door. This is the hardest part, because the plate fits
This will go easier with two people, one person with three hands would
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