The Cross House
I have done a series of posts about how to repair the pocket doors of the Cross House.
There are three pairs of doors, and one WIDE door. Only one pair opened/closed smoothly, all the others were a tug-of-war. I am a deep believer in not having to do battle with my house, and like things to work as they should.
But how to repair the doors? I had no idea. I did not even have any idea of how to remove the doors so I could ascertain what was going on. Were the wheels off their tracks? Or broken off? Were the tracks damaged in some way?
I had no idea.
This being the modern age, I looked to the internet to discover an answer for my 1894 problem.
It was then I discovered the website of Stephen Thorp. Stephen knows all there is to know about pocket doors. Well, I was thrilled! But would Stephen help me?
He would! He could! And did!
Stephen first, via email and phone calls, walked me through the process of getting the doors out. It was all surprisingly easy, once, of course, the magic codes were revealed. Wow.
The problem was instantly evident. The wheels, after 122-years, where a mess. It is amazing that some of the doors opened at all.
Last month I had no idea of how to repair my pocket doors. For two years I fretted over the issue, and had tried several times to fix the issue, to no avail. I even pondered a terrible terrible question: Could I live with tug-of-war doors?
Today, by reaching out to an expert, the impossible is suddenly reality.
As such, I henceforth will refer to Stephen as…Magic Stephen.