Locking Pocket Door Handles - Just a few months ago I went over to repair a pocket door that was shutting at a strange angle. This was the first time I'd ran into this sort of scenario and was definitely lost. I got a torch and began looking in the pocket door frame. I had trouble finding the issue but when I did it was apparent.
The issue turned out to be the track was missing a screw in the back so that as the door slid back to the framework the tracking would hang down at an angle from the weight of the doorway. There clearly was no way to achieve the screw since it had been at that back of the pocket door frame near the framing.
This was the only real thing I would require a wall patch that is simple and could think of plus some paint to really make the repair whole. This job took me to cut the hole and replaced the screw that had fallen from the pocket door path. Then I use some fast setting drywall plaster and some fiberglass drywall tape to fix the wall. This took another hour in order to complete the drywall correctly.
Some pocket door troubles are a little easier to repair than this one. Most pocket doors seemed to have troubles falling and eventually are left shut, never to be utilized again. Painting the doors over and over again can actually increase the depth of the door or excessive moisture in the house over long amounts of time also can cause the doorway to swell preventing it from opening correctly.