06:25AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
I have started my dedicated home theater in the basement and because it’s such a small space I will be installing a pocket door. Because the room is not yet framed I would imagine that it should not be such a big deal to do. I was at HD last night as saw a pocket door kit that included a frame and all the hardware. All that is but the actual door. It was like 75 bucks if I recall right. Is that a good deal? Am I doing the right thing by getting that or should I consider just making my own?

Thanks a lot for your help in advance.


07:42AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 01/14/03
264 lifetime posts
If it's the Stanley kit, there are pros and cons.

Framing the wall with standard 2x4 stock on the flat both sides to allow room for the door to slide between will make the wall thicker. That means wider plate at the bottom and top, and wider trim around the door opening.

Framing with the kit means that you'll be able to maintain the standard wall thickness and standard trim components.

The kit provides you with small steel channels filled with compressed wood byproducts (like particle board) for drywall screws. These channels hold the screws just fine, but don't over-tighten. They will strip out easier than in a 2x4. The down-side to the channels is that the wall does not have the same stiffness and rigidity of a regular stud wall. If you lean against it, it will bend, and after the screw holes are finished and painted, the screws can pop out under that pressure. It's not a really stiff section of wall. But if you never lean hard against it, it should be fine.

Constructing a wall with 2x4's set flat to the drywall will be somewhat more rigid. But 2x4's aren't meant to hold against pressure on that side. And they too can 'give' a little, yet not as much. Then again....your wall will be thicker.

There are trade-offs. But I've used both, and the kit can work just fine if you keep yourself aware of what not to lean against.

[This message has been edited by treebeard (edited August 05, 2003).]


07:58AM | 08/05/03
Member Since: 03/23/03
40 lifetime posts
Ok I don’t know if I can explain the properly but I will try.

When you walk down the stairs in the basement and hit the bottom you have a choice of turning left into the office or opening the (soon to be) pocket door to the right. Now my house is very old so the support beams are all heavy-duty wood. My ceiling will be drywall and supported by a mass of 1 by 2s supported to the ceiling with screws. Now the place that the pocket door will slide into when open will actually be behind a small bar unit that I will be building with cabinets and all. I had always planned on building this was just like I would a regular stud wall with 2 by 4s and what not but just leave a 3-inch or so opening behind it. the support beam is 6 feet 2 inches from the floor so I would imagine that a pocket door would be taller but what I was planning on doing was to install the door on the inside of the rooms support beam by actually attaching a 2 x 4 to the beam and then attaching to door hardware to that. It would be higher than the beam but with some drywall and a little trim I think I can make it look nice.

Does this sound good?



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