We have been continued members of the Home Advisor network, coming on 12 years, ever since it's early inception as Service Magic. The parent company of Home Advisor, ANGI Repair Services, recently completed their acquisition of Angie's List and have melded the Angie's List network into the Home Advisor network to create the largest lead generation service online.
We receive a great many leads from the network and over the years have been lucky to receive 370+ reviews from satisfied clients. (View Our Home Advisor Page Here And Read Our Reviews)
One of the not so common requests we receive is "Repair Pocket Doors".
It has become an interesting and increasing number of inquiries from customers who suffer from pocket doors that drop wheels or tracks not holding sufficiently longer and doors not straight.
There are obviously far too few tradespeople in my region, capable enough to repair pocket doors.
Below, find some images we took on a recent pocket door repair. The customer could not find anyone to perform the repair (before me) with almost all contractors they contacted, refusing to repair stuff preferring to only tear out and replace. Doing such, would add significant cost to projects and take much longer than just a repair.
This shows the unbalanced door
|before image - opposite side|
|preparing for removal|
|Cutting away caulk and paint on edges|
|cutting caulk and paint on interior edges|
|Cutting caulk and paint from closed edge|
|carefully removing existing trim|
|trim almost removed|
|remove overhead trim and rail|
|dont forget to remove all the little nails|
We always tell the customer that they may need to caulk and paint afterward.
Being careful to cut the edges of the trim and frame will allow you to pull the trim without affecting too much of the existing paintwork,
Remove the trim from top and sides of one side of the door only. Dont forget to remove all the little nails you find, to avoid having difficulty taking the door out and difficulty reattaching the trim after completing your repair.
We deliberately do not show the inside workings in this example repair because we dont want to give the whole farm away.
The next images are the after images with the repair completed and the trim reattached. You can see, that using this method can save you a lot of money and heartache. We reattached the trim using our nail-gun and the end result is a repaired and suitably operating pocket door.
The entire project took about 3 hours to complete and did not involve any new parts, apart from some nail-gun nails.