The problem you have at this point is the portion of the track that is inside the wall. You will not be able to reach the screws that are inside of the pocket. No, the pocket door kits that you buy, don't have a solution for this problem.

For additional information you can see the articles, 'Replacing Pocket Door Rollers', 'Removing a Pocket Door', 'Pocket Door Adjustment', 'Pocket Door Guides' and 'Troubleshooting Pocket Doors' for additional information.

Types of Hardware Kits

Pocket door kits vary from just hardware kits to complete kits that include the frame material. Kit as the name implies means a collection of parts. A kit for the frame is not assembled and has to be put together. A hardware kit should include a new track and rollers along with stops and guides.

Before you decide to install a pocket door kit, you want to make sure that you cannot repair your pocket door. A big problem with pocket doors is stuck or noisy rollers. See the article 'Lubricating Pocket Door Rollers' for information getting the pocket door to work smoothly. See the article 'Troubleshooting Pocket Doors' for a listing of all the repair topics for pocket doors.

Pocket Door Hardware Kits

The rollers are the main moving part on a pocket door. Over time, the rollers and seize up or get noisy. Replacing them is an option. You can purchase a kit that includes just the roller assemblies and hangers. There will normally be two rollers and two hangers in a kit of this type. 

There are some things to be aware of when you go to replace the rollers.

First, the rollers and the hangers are made to work together and they are seldom interchangeable. The hangers are the part that attached to the top of the door. The hangers have a retention clip that hold the hanger onto the bolt for the roller assembly. If replace the rollers, you will also have to replace the hangers. This will involve taking the door off.

The other issue is that the rollers will need to match the track. Different tracks will take different types of rollers. Unfortunately, there is no standardization in pocket door hardware. If you get new rollers, they will need to be the same size and configuration as the old ones.

Pocket Door Hardware and Track Kits

Getting a kit that includes both the roller hanger assemblies and a new track is the safest way to make sure that everything matches. The length of the track needs to be approximately twice as long as the door opening the you have (less a relief space to get the rollers in and out).

The draw back is that you will have to remove some drywall to install the track. You cannot get at the screws that hold the track in place on the inside of the pocket. This is not the end of the world, but it will involve some drywall patching and painting.

Complete Pocket Door Kits

A complete pocket door kit will include, new rollers, hangers, track, framing members and a header assembly. For what you get these kits are reasonably priced and come in common door sizes. See the article 'Pocket Door Sizes' for more information on the sizes available. Double pocket doors are also possible, thus increasing the size options.

Some kits are adjustable, allowing the same kit to be used for more than one door size. The main item that needs to change is the track and header assembly. These can be cut to the desired length to fit your door opening.

It is not easy to retrofit a pocket door into an existing home. You need an opening framed into the wall that is twice the size of the door. The wall itself needs to be more than twice the length of the door to allow for the opening and the jambs.

In addition, the area where the pocket goes cannot have plumbing, electrical or heating runs in it. The door will fill the pocket completely.

If you are remodeling and don't mind opening up a few walls, then installing a complete pocket door kit is an option.

Purchasing a Hardware Kit

Purchasing a pocket door kit does not need to be difficult. The hardest purchase will be replacement hardware for an existing door. New rollers will need to match the track that is alread installed on the door. When you are replacing everything, or installing a new pocket door, getting the correct size is the main concern.

Many times a pocket door can be repaired without replacing the hardware. See the article 'Troubleshooting Pocket Doors' for more information.

Pocket Door Kit Manufacturers

There are several manufacturers that make pocket door hardware and kits. Different manufactureres have different styles of rollers and track. When you are trying to match the rollers to the track it best to find out the manufacturer's name.

The likely place to find this information will be on the rollers. The name of the manufacturer and the model number should be stamped on the roller assembly.

To get the rollers out to examine them you will need to take the door off. See the article 'Removing a Pocket Door' for instructions on taking the door down.

Once you have the correct manufacturer and model number, you can search for the correct replacement parts.

Getting the Right Type of Kit

Determine your needs based on the parts that you need to replace. See the information above that discusses different types of kits. If you are installing a new pocket door, you need a complete kit that includes the framing, track and hardware.

Getting the Right Size Kit

A kit that is 72" will be long enough for most doors. You need a 72" track for a 36" door. Simple math, the track needs to be twice as long as the door opening. You may be able to purchase just the rollers if you can find ones that match. The rollers fit the track and are not interchangeable. Changing the rollers is a lot easier than replacing the track.

Locating and Purchasing Pocket Door Kits

Some hardware and home supply stores have kits in stock. You can also search online. Try 'Pocket Door Hardware Kits' for a search term. You will find that prices vary dramatically. Some suppliers sell hardware that is suitable for commercial doors and they can get quite expensive.

Residential grade pocket door kits should run between $25 and $75. A kit that includes the frame may run as much as $125. Stanley and Johnson Products make some reasonably priced residential grade kits. These kits are good for doors that weigh up to around a hundred pounds. It is unlikely you have a door heavier than that, unless you have a solid core door.

Pocket Door Hardware Items

A standard pocket door kit should include a new set of rollers. The rollers are and assembly that also includes the hanging bolts for the door. The rollers run inside the track at the top of the door. You will get two roller assemblies for each door leaf that you have.

Along with the rollers there should be two matching hangers or brackets. The hangers go on top of the door. The hangers are made to attach to the hanging bolts and they carry the weight of the door.

Other items will include the pocket door guides and a bumper along with misc. screws that you will need to install the items.

Installing Pocket Door Rollers

Pocket door rollers are fairly easy to install. The end of the track should be cut short at the strike side door jamb. Look up at the corner of the door on the strike side of the door to locate this spot. To remove the rollers, you need to remove the pocket door. This is a little tricky to do. See the articles 'Removing a Pocket Door' and 'Putting a Pocket Door Back On Track' for instructions on what to do.

For a complete discussion on installing pocket door rollers, see the article on 'Replacing Pocket Door Rollers'.

Installing Pocket Door Hangers

Pocket door hangers are part of the assembly that includes the rollers at the top of the door. The hanger includes a bolt that attaches to the roller carriage. The hanger has an adjustment nut that aligns the door in the opening. The attachment plate is screwed into the top of the door.

Most pocket doors have two hangers. In order to work on them or replace them, you have to remove the door. See the articles 'Removing a Pocket Door' and 'Putting a Pocket Door Back On Track' for instructions on what to do.

For instructions on how to replace the hangers, see the article 'Pocket Door Hangers'.

Installing Pocket Door Guides

Pocket door guides go on the bottom of the door jamb on the pocket side of the door. They can be one or two pieces that are attached with screws.

The pocket door guides keep the door centered in the pocket. They help it to stay aligned as it moves in the opening. You want to set them so that there is no more than a 1/16" between the door and the guide when the door is centered in the opening.

The guides have a slotted hole in them that allows for them to be adjusted. The article 'Pocket Door Guides' provides information on setting them properly.

Installing a Pocket Door Bumper

For an existing pocket door it could be a problem to change this piece of hardware. The bumper goes on the jamb stud that is at the far end of the pocket. The bumper's purpose is to stop the door from going to far into the pocket.

If the wall is opened up you can change the bumper. If the jamb stud was set correctly the bumper should stop the door at the edge of the jamb face on the pocket side of the door. If it hangs out or goes in to far some trimming or shimming may be required.


Pocket Door Track

Replacing pocket door track on an existing door can be difficult. Getting at the track inside of the pocket is the biggest challenge you will face.

Before you tackle a project like this, you might want to see if you can repair your pocket door. See 'Troubleshooting Pocket Doors' for all of the repair topics.

There are only two to four screws that hold it in place. Yet, if you cannot reach them they are an important issue. Even if you opt to tear out the old track with a pry bar, you will not be able to get the screws installed on the new track. There are some options but they involve some work. See the article 'Replacing Pocket Door Track' for instructions on what to do.


Replacing Pocket Door LatchesReplacing a pocket door latch is not too hard if you get the same size and style that you had before. Replacing the lock will consist of four steps. (1) Purchasing the new latch or lockset, (2) Removing the old latchset, (3) Changing the mortise in the door if required and (4) Installing the new pocket door latch.

Are you sure that you need to replace the lock? See the articles 'Adjusting Pocket Doors' and 'Troubleshooting Pocket Door Problems' for a listing of possible repairs that may solve your problem.

This repair should take less than an hour once you have the new door lock in hand.

Purchasing a Pocket Door Latch

You can find pocket door latches or locks on the internet and at home supply stores. They are about the same price as a conventional lockset.

There are not nearly as many options with pocket door locks as you have with regular swinging doors. You may find the selection and functionality somewhat limited.

When replacing the door lock, you need to get one that is the same size as the old one. There is not a lot of door left around the lock for the cover plates to seat on. A lock that is too small will not cover the mortise. It would be a good idea to take the old lock with you when you go shopping.

Removing the Old Lock

New Pocket Door LockA Pocket door lock is held together with screws. There are probably four screws that are toward the center of the door that hold the lock assembly to the door. Use a screwdriver to take these screws out. The entire assembly should slide out, once the screws are removed.

The three pieces are also held together with screws. It will be one or two on each side. 

Preparing the Pocket Door for a New Latch

The new lock should have a template for the mortise. Check the old opening to make sure you don't have to trim it. Use a sharp chisel to trim it if necessary. After you're sure the opening is the right size you can install the lock. Slide the lock into place and install the screws.

You may have to chisel out the mortise for the strike plate. Mark the outline with a pencil and use the chisel to remove any wood that is in the way. Screw the strike plate in and check the door to make sure the lock is working. Adjust the door as needed.

Installing the New Pocket Door Latch

Sliding a Pocket Door Lock Into the MortiseDry fit the new lockset in the mortise to make sure that it fits correctly. If there are any interferences, chisel or file them away until the lock fits in place properly.

The lockset is made of three pieces. The center piece is the actual latch and can only be installed one way. You want to make sure that the latch comes out and goes down when the knob is turned. Use the thumbset to make sure you have it turned the right way.

Installing Screws for Pocket Door LatchThe thumbset should go on the side of the door that is inside of the room. Remove the screws and switch them around if they are the wrong way. The two outer plates are interchangeable, screw the lockset together with the thumbset facing into the room and the privacy function facing out.

Once you are sure that the pocket door latch if assembled correctly you can slide it into the mortise. Install the screws into the holes and then check the action.

Replacing a Pocket Door Latch - Summary


Replacing a locks on a pocket door should not have taken you too long, once you found a replacement. We hope this article helped to get your pocket door lock installed correctly. Still having problems?

Adjusting a Pocket DoorA common problem with pocket doors is difficulty getting the door to latch. The locksets for pocket doors are pretty sensitive and do not allow much of a margin for error. Pocket door adjustment is needed to correct height and alignment issues. When you are working on a latch, the height is a critical concern.

Not sure if this is your problem? See the articles, 'Troubleshooting Pocket Doors' and 'Pocket Door Off Track' for some common pocket door probems. For a discussion on common door problems, see 'Fixing Residential Doors'.

Troubleshooting Pocket Door Adjustment Problems

To adjust the latch, you need to get the height of the door lined up with the strike plate correctly. See next section for instructions.

When the catch won't engage it usually means that the strike plate and the catch are not aligned properly.

Bring the door as close as you can to the strike plate and work the lock to see whether the tongue on the catch is too high or too low. The catch acts like a hook to hold the door closed when it is engaged.

If your door is too low, possibly scraping the floor, you will need to raise it. You will need to be careful, too much change in the height of the door may cause the pocket door latch to not work.

When the door has a gap along the side, the adjustments can get a little tricky. You need to understand how the door reacts when you raise or lower only one side. See the heading 'Adjusting Pocket Door Side Margins', below.

Pocket Door Height Adjustment

Adjusting the Height on a Pocket DoorThe way that a pocket door is installed allows for adjustments on the height. A standard hinged door cannot be adjusted this way.

You need a wrench to adjust the hangers on a pocket door. There is a relatively narrow space at the top of the door where the nut is on the hanger. Most pocket doors will have two hangers. See 'Pocket Door Wrenches' and 'Pocket Door Hangers' for additional information.

Turning the nut clockwise will raise the door and counterclockwise will lower it. When you are adjusting the height you want to turn each nut the same amount. Rasing one hanger more or less than the other one will cause the door to be crooked in the opening.

Turn each nut one full turn and check you height. Continue to raise or lower the door until the desired height is reached.

Pocket Door Hanger Adjusting NutBe careful when you raise or lower the door, it may affect the operation of the pocket door latch. Raising the door may seem like a logical choice when you add new flooring. However, raising it that much will likely cause the lockset to stop working. It is better to trim the door at the bottom, instead of trying to raise it.

Adjusting Pocket Door Side Margins

Adjusting Gap at Top of Pocket DoorThe side adjustments on a pocket door work differently than you might think. If the gap in your door is not too bad, you are only going to want to adjust one of the hangers on the door, preferably the one farthest from the door latch. See 'Pocket Door Wrenches' and 'Pocket Door Hangers' for additional information.

The gap along the side of the door is going to be at either the top or the bottom. I will describe this with words, but you want to look at the pictures to get a sense of what is happening.

Adjusting Gap at Bottom of Pocket DoorIf the gap is at the top of the door, you want to raise the door at the hanger that is farthest away from the latchset. Use the pocket door wrench and turn it one quarter to one half turn at a time until the door is parallel with the jamb.

For a gap at the bottom of the door, you want to do the exact opposite. Lower the door at the hanger that is farthest away from the door latch. This will cause the bottom of the door to move toward the jamb, closing the gap. Turn it one quarter to one half turn at a time until it is aligned properly.

You may need to make some minor adjustments to the height of the door after you have corrected the margin. Check the operation of the lockset and adjust accordingly.

Pocket Door Adjustment Summary

Once your pocket door is adjusted properly, you want to make sure it is latching correctly. See the articles 'Troubleshooting Pocket Door Locks' and 'Pocket Door Guides' for instructions and information.

Adjusting a pocket door is not that difficult if you still have the wrench that came with the door. Once you understand how the door moves, adjustments are easy.

A Standard Pocket Door LockFixing a pocket door latch will often involve some adjustments to the pocket door. When the door and the strike plate are not aligned correctly, the door will not latch. Sticking or stiff pocket door latches can be lubricated to get working freely.

For related information, see the articles 'Troubleshooting Pocket Doors', 'Adjusting Pocket Doors' and 'Fixing a Pocket Door Off the Track'.

Pocket Door Latches and Locksets - General Information

Most pocket door locks are not locks at all. They are more like latches. They offer a level of privacy when the door is closed. But it is not that hard to open them from the other side.

A pocket door latch or lockset differs from a normal door lock. A standard door lock has handles or knobs that protrude out of the door. A pocket door has to slide into a narrow pocket that is built into the wall. There is no room for knobs. What do you do?

For this reason a special type of latch or lock was designed for this type of door. The lock is flush with the door panel. It has insets in it for a thumb turn or sometimes a sliding mechanism. The thumb turn or slide operates the latch. When the door is closed there is a flip handle that acts as a pull. Otherwise you would not be able to get the door open.

Inside of a Pocket Door LatchPocket door locks have similar problems to regular locks. They can become misaligned and the mechanism inside can get stiff. Another thing to note is that a pocket door lock is mortised differently than a standard door. When purchasing a new door slab, you don't want to get one that is bored for a standard door. Simple lubrication and adjustment will solve most problems with this type of lock.

Fixing a Pocket Door Latch - The Issues Involved

What Can You Save? - Lubricating a lock and adjusting a door will take only a few minutes for a carpenter. He will charge you for coming out and this could run $50 to $75. Replacing a lock will run $75 to $100.

How Hard Could It Be? - A pocket door lock is a fairly simple device, most repairs are not hard. These repairs will have a Difficulty Level of: Simple. These repairs require a Skill Level of: Handyman. For and explanation of the terms in this section, see 'How to Use This Site'.

Check the Simple Things! - Lubricating the lock is the simplest thing you can do. A stiff or frozen lock will likely respond to some silicone lubricant.

What Can Go Wrong? - Be careful when you take a lock apart. Losing a part could cause the lock to quit working. Adjusting the door the wrong way can cause the lock to quit working altogether.

Lubricating a Pocket Door Lock

Lubricant for Pocket Doors

Lubricating a pocket door lockset is not too hard. However, you do have to take the latch apart to get to most of the parts that need attention. Latches and locksets that are sticking or making noise need lubrication.

Before you begin lubricating your pocket door latch you want to have a can of lubricant that is suitable for door locks. A silicone based lubricant is best. You also want to have a rag on hand to wipe up any excess oil.The lock assembly probably consists of three parts. The center latch mechanism.

This mechanism also has the flip out handle that acts as a door pull. The other two parts are the cover plates. Each plate has a thumb screw or slide that operates the latch.

Lubricating a Pocket Door LockYou want to use a good quality silicone spray to lubricate locks. Use the long slender tube that comes with most spray lubricants. Keep a rag handy to wipe up any excess oil.

Gingerly spray the oil into the moving parts. Work the latch back and forth until it moves freely. Make sure you oil all the parts including the slides or thumb screws. Use the rag to wipe up any excess oil. When you are sure the lock is working properly, you can put it back in.

Removing the Pocket Door Latch

Pocket Door Latch Screw LocationsA Pocket door lock is held together with screws. There are probably four screws that are toward the center of the door that hold the lock assembly to the door. Use a screwdriver to take these screws out. The entire assembly should slide out, once the screws are removed.

The three pieces are also held together with screws. It will be one or two on each side. You probably do not need to take these screws out. With the lock out of the door, you can inspect it to see what your problem might be. If nothing is broken and the lock is just difficult to operate, lubrication is the likely answer. See the next step.

Lubricating the door lock should have taken care of any noise or sticking problems with your latch. We hope this article helped to get your pocket door working properly.

Troubleshooting Pocket Door Latch Problems

Trouble with the latch closing is usually tied to the alignment with the strike plate. Pocket doors can be adjusted, unlike conventional swinging doors. The article 'Adjusting a Pocket Door' gave you instructions on how to get the door aligned properly.

When all else fails, you can replace your latch. There are not a lot of choices with this type of hardware. In the article on 'Replacing a Pocket Door Latch' we covered purchasing and installing a new lockset.



We hope that this article helped with your pocket door lock. You should have been able to take care of your problem without too much trouble.

So what did you find out about your pocket door lock? Did it just need to be oiled. Many times a little lubrication is all that is needed. Was the strike plate not lining up with the latch? Again a simple adjustment should have taken care of this problem.

Replacing the lock is often done when the old one gets tired looking. This is not a big job either, as long as you get a lock that is the same size. Now that you have completed this task you can look for other home repair projects.

Hopefully you have been able to take care of the issues with your pocket door latch.

pocket-door-repair-pic5Replacing pocket door rollers is not too hard if you have the right ones to replace them with. There are some concerns with attempting to replace the rollers.

Pocket Door Rollers - Standards

You might think that something as common as pocket doors, that there would be some standards. Unfortunately, there are not.

See the article 'Issues With Pocket Door Track', for additional information.

How Pocket Door Rollers Work

Pocket door rollers keep the door running inside of a metal track. The rollers are made of metal and nylon and usually have three or four rollers on each assembly. Regular doors are supported by hinges. The hinges are attached to the side of the door. A pocket door has hangers that are attached to the top of the door with metal brackets. Like any wheel that uses bearings, lack of lubrication can cause them to wear out and start to tighten. When this happens the door becomes hard, sometimes impossible, to move.

The door rollers need to be able to ride in the grooves in the track. The track is 'C' shaped with the sides curled up to form a groove. The style of roller usually matches the metal track that they ride in. Finding rollers that are an exact match for the ones that you have may be challenging. You can buy kits that have new track included. The problem is that unfastening and installing the track inside the pocket is pretty hard.

Removing Pocket Door Rollers

The rollers and the track need to match, otherwise, they won't work, or they will work very poorly. So you need to make sure you get the correct ones before you remove the old ones.

See the article 'Removing Pocket Door Rollers' discusses how to take off the door and remove the rollers. You might want to get some help, before you attempt to remove the door.

Most of the time, replacing the rollers is not practical or even possible. Lubrication will usually get them working again. See the article 'Lubricating Pocket Door Rollers' for more information. It could be that a little oil will solve your problem.

Replacing the Rollers


With the door removed it is easy to replace the rollers. There is an opening at the end of the support track on the strike side of the door. Tilt the roller assembly into the opening, moving it into the track until the wheels start to roll in the track. Continue to move the roller toward the middle of the door opening, tilting it until the second set of wheels engages the track. Move it into the track until all the wheels are in the grooves in the track. move the roller back and forth to make sure it is working freely.

Move the first roller toward the far side of the door. Repeat the process with the second roller. Again, check to make sure both rollers are working freely.

Putting the Door Back On

Getting the door back on the hangers is a little tricky. See the article 'Putting a Pocket Door Back on Track' for information and instructions.

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