INSTALLATION Generally speaking, pocket doors all install in the same way, but there might be discrepancies between the kits of various manu- facturers, so read the instructions before beginning. It is critical for proper door operation, however, that the frame is always installed square, level and plumb to the wall studs.
For a retrofit project, you first must demolish the existing wall in an orderly fashion. If it’s cov- ered in drywall, expect to generate a lot of dust, so protect the sur- rounding living area. Rather than bashing the drywall with a ham- mer, cut it out in large sections to reduce airborne dust. You’ll need to remove all the existing studs, plates and sills, as well as any electrical and plumbing. Using 2x4 studs, frame a new rough opening to fit the dimensions for the door jamb indicated by the manufacturer of the pocket-door kit. Note that any load-bearing wall will need the ceiling above it to be adequately supported during remodeling, and a new load-bear- ing 2x header must be constructed above the rough opening. To help guide installation of the frame, snap a couple of chalk
Make sure the opening is square and plumb.
Cut the pocket-door header to size according to the door size. The kit instructions will explain this in more detail.
Because the pocket-door head- er contains a metal channel, we cut the metal separately using a hacksaw.
Reattach the metal end-brackets to the cut side of the pocket- door header.