Adding A Lock To A Pocket Door - Just a few months back I went over to repair a pocket door that was shutting in a weird angle. It was the first time I had ran into this sort of scenario and was undoubtedly lost. I started looking inside the pocket door frame and got a flashlight. I had difficulty finding the issue but when I did it was evident.
As the pocket door was slipping closed it would work flawlessly but when you went to open it the bottom of the door would stick out about an inch and a half passed the door jam. There was not any approach to achieve the screw since it was at that very back of the pocket door frame close to the framing itself.
It was the sole thing I could think of and would require a simple wall patch plus some paint to help make the repair complete. This job took me to cut the hole and replaced the screw that had fallen from the pocket door track. I then use some fiberglass drywall tape and some fast setting drywall plaster to repair the wall. This took another hour to complete the drywall correctly.
Some pocket door issues are a little easier to repair than this one. Most pocket doors seemed to have issues sliding and eventually are left closed, never to be used again. Painting the doors over and over again can in fact add to the thickness of the door or excessive moisture in the home over long amounts of time also can make the doorway to swell keeping it from opening correctly.