ARGH! Making Pocket Doors Work.
The Cross House has three pairs of pocket doors:
- Between the foyer and parlor
- Between the parlor and library
- Between the stairhall and dining room
There is also a single very wide door (like five-feet wide) upstairs between the main bedroom and sewing room.
Only the dining room pair works well. All the others open/close, but not easily. The very wide door is particularly difficult.
I am the kinda guy who like things to work. So, if X goes wrong with my car, even something minor, I feel an urgent need to get it repaired. If I buy an old clock which is not working, it seems urgent that it be repaired.
If I buy a huge old house needing a zillion repairs, well, you can imagine my reaction.
It makes me a bit crazy that the pocket doors in the Cross House do not effortlessly glide as they should.
In my search for What To Do, I came across Stephen Thorp, who has an amazing website. I have spent hours pouring over the arcane anatomy of pocket doors on the site. Quite happily.
So, after many hours of research, I finally felt emboldened to tackle the annoying and quite disrespectful pocket doors of the Cross House.
And was soon quite vexed.
On several doors, it is evident that a wheel is missing. So, the weight of one end is being carried by one wheel rather than two. This makes the wheel angle to one side, which makes the door hard to open.
It seems obvious that in order to replace the missing wheels, I need to remove the problem doors.
But HOW do the problem doors come out?????????
From what I can tell, the pockets doors were installed BEFORE the walls were built. And there is no way that I am going to demolish walls to repair errant wheels. No way!
In the past, I have been able to remove pocket doors for repair. These doors could be pulled forward at an angle, then lifted slightly, and the wheels popped off the tracks. But these were single wheel situations, and with wheels not encased in U-tracks.
I am crossing my fingers that Stephen will save me!!!!!!!!
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