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How is a pocket door kit used?

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A pocket door kit is used to create a way for a door to slide into a wall, freeing up floor space since space does not need to be used for the door to swing open. The kit contains a sliding door and a track for the new door. It must be installed in a wall that is twice the width of the door.

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Pocket doors must be installed in walls that do not contain any obstructions prohibiting the door from sliding into the wall. Pipes and electrical wiring must be relocated, or the pocket door should be moved to another location.

The pocket door is installed by removing the door trim and any necessary drywall. Load-bearing walls require the addition of a header above a pocket door track. Split studs are installed instead of regular studs to create an area through which the pocket door operates. Hanging brackets are attached to the top of the door, which are then attached to the track. Once the door is installed on the track, the included door pulls are attached. The door is then reframed, avoiding any obstruction to the door's opening and closing. The drywall is then replaced, and the pocket door is ready for use.

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