Repairing Out Of Plumb Pocket Doors
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- Hspg Prepared For Nps - Sero
- Doors And Windows
- Wood Doors
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REPAIRING OUT OF PLUMB POCKET DOORS
A. This procedure includes guidance on repairing a pocket
door that is not plumb by shimming the doors, or by
shimming the track or rollers to make the doors meet
1. When pocket doors are out of plumb and both slope
in same direction, the problem is usually caused by
differential settlement between the exterior and
interior walls of the building. This problem
cannot be repaired. However, the doors may be
2. If double pocket doors have a space between them
which is wider at the bottom, the floor is sagging.
If the space is wider at top, it is due to building
settlement. If floor sag or building settlement is
not severe or dangerous, the pocket doors or track
can be modified to improve the situation.
B. Other pocket door repair procedures include the
1. For guidance on unsticking a pocket door, repairing
balkiness or binding, see 08210-04-R.
2. For guidance on repairing pocket door hardware
ncluding tracks and stops, see 08210-06-R.
C. See 01100-07-S for general project guidelines to be
reviewed along with this procedure. These guidelines
cover the following sections:
1. Safety Precautions
2. Historic Structures Precautions
4. Quality Assurance
5. Delivery, Storage and Handling
6. Project/Site Conditions
7. Sequencing and Scheduling
8. General Protection (Surface and Surrounding)
These guidelines should be reviewed before performing
this procedure and should be followed, when applicable,
along with recommendations from the Regional Historic
Preservation Officer (RHPO).
1.02 SYSTEM DESCRIPTION
A. A pocket door assembly in good working condition is free
from decay and structurally sound. It is effortlessly
smooth sliding and properly aligned. The pocket doors
stop precisely when closed and are easily retrieved from
pocket. The door latches crisply and should not rattle
between latch and stops when closed.
A. Hardwood blocking for shims
B. Metal angle to replace stop (if needed)
C. Hardwood to match door for finished wedge
A. Carpenter's tools for shimming and for finishing wedge
3.01 ERECTION, INSTALLATION, APPLICATION
A. For Two Doors that Slope in the Same Direction:
1. Shim out or replace top guide if it is unable to
keep uphill door from sliding past center.
2. Restore existing latch or add new latch to keep
3. Cut a hardwood wedge to hold uphill door closed and
downhill door open.
B. For Gaps Between Double Pocket Doors:
1. If the space between doors is wider at bottom, shim
the bottom track up in center.
NOTE: KEEP IT TO A MINIMUM AS THIS COULD CAUSE
PEOPLE TO TRIP ON THE HIGHER SURFACE.
Insert shim between roller case flange and bottom
NOTE: SHIM ONLY THE ROLLER CLOSEST TO CENTER.
SHIM SIDES OF SHEAVE DIFFERENTLY SO THAT SHEAVE IS
PARALLEL TO EXISTING FLOOR TRACK.
NOTE: TAKE CARE SO THAT LARGE GAP IS NOT LEFT
2. If space between doors is wider at the top, shim
bottom track out toward pockets and/or shim between
roller sheave and door, at roller closer to pocket
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