Pocket doors are doors that slide into a wall instead of swinging on hinges. There are single pocket doors that will slide into either the left side or right side of the wall and there are double pocket doors that slide into both sides of the wall. Pocket doors are coming back in style. They were all the rage about one hundred years ago. That’s right, an entire century ago. Well they are coming back in style as things tend to do throughout the course of time.
If you’ve purchased a replacement pre-hung wooden door, installation shouldn’t be too painful. After all, removal of the original door is fairly straightforward – simply unscrew the door hinges, remove the door, and then unscrew the hinges themselves. Assuming that you have a second person available who can help you with replacing an exterior wooden door, there shouldn’t be too much difficulty involved in the installation process.
Preparing the Door Opening
Replacing damaged door trim does not take much know-how. In fact, this is a fairly easy do it yourself project permitting you have the time, patience, and tools to complete the job. While you need to follow some directions it is something that most anyone could do.
There are quite a few tools that will be necessary when you are replacing damaged door trim. These tools include obvious needs such as new pieces of trim, wood shims, nails, a caulking gun, and a hammer. Other things you will need include:
At first thought, replacing a doorframe may seem like a huge project – after all, very few of use change our doorframes on a regular basis. But once you learn how its done, you’ll soon realize that replacing a doorframe is a project that could easily be accomplished in just a few hours!
Tackle the Old Frame
The first step of replacing is to get rid of the old door frame. Begin by removing the door’s hinges and lock pieces. Then take off the door. Gently remove the door’s trim with a hammer and a pry bar – and place it aside in a safe place (you’re going to need it again.)
Using a sawzaw, cut off the nails or the screws that secure the current frame to the wall. With a little effort, you should be able to pull the frame out of place now.