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Who knows "pocket doors"? #4532442
10/02/17 09:17 PM
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daves66nova Offline OP
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I accidentally pushed up on the door and it came off of the roller. Now I can't seem to get it back on the rollers. Any tricks to it?

Re: Who knows "pocket doors"? [Re: daves66nova] #4532453
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Unfortunately I know pocket doors, but not how to get them back on the track, other than wiggling the [censored] out of them. Worst part of a '70s house aside from maybe asbestos and Federal Pacific breaker boxes. There's one in my house that stays in the open position because I hate messing with the thing.

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Re: Who knows "pocket doors"? [Re: daves66nova] #4532467
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I have installed a couple of pocket door kits over the years. If I remember correctly you have to take the molding off, or jamb, to allow the door to swing out to either replace the door or put it back on the track. You probably already were peering at the rollers with a flashlight. If there is no way to get the rollers in vertically then have to remove the wood trim pieces that hold the door from swinging in and out.

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Ours fell off the track saturday. Its inside the plaster wall. I could not get it back on but my wife did on her 1st try.

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Re: Who knows "pocket doors"? [Re: daves66nova] #4532624
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Much of this will depend upon the type of track roller system you have.
The simple ones have an open faced track; that's the good news.
The bad news is that there are "captive" tracks; those are less prone to failure but also much harder to fix, because you've got to expose the track (take wallboard off).

If you're lucky, it's an open face unit .... Try this
First of all, it depends upon the failure mode
1) if both rollers (front and rear) are off the track
2) if only front roller is off
3) if only rear roller is off

Also, look up inside the track area and ascertain which is the "open" face of the track, so you'll know which way to move the rollers to engage them into the track

Condition 1
if you can get a small blade screwdriver under the lower edge of door, try to get the door slightly pulled out of the wall frame
then gently lift up on the leading (front - first in closing - whatever you want to call it) edge of the door from the lowest point with the screwdriver, and have a person help guide the roller onto the track. Once you've got the front roller engaged, pull the door out a bit more, then have that same someone hold the top of the door tightly (creating a pivot point around that engaged roller) and then you push the lower edge of the door back in towards the pocket. This will cause the door to rotate around that front roller, and make the rear roller tip "upwards" above and into the track. Takes some work, but it can be done.

Condition 2
Just do the first part of condition 1

Condition 3
Just do the second part of condition 1

There are some youtube videos you can watch as well.

Last edited by dnewton3; 10/03/17 06:32 AM.

The act of preventative maintenance, in and of itself, is FAR MORE important than brand/grade/base choices among lubes and filters.
- under maintaining something is akin to abuse/neglect; that can kill equipment by shortening the lifespan
- over maintaining something has never been proven to be anything but a waste of time and money
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