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Repairing large pocket doors9/21
Our local library has a wall of closet doors in the community meeting room, probably 30' or so. Towards one end of the run there is a snack bar located behind large pocket doors so that it gives the appearance of doors all across that wall. The pocket doors are 36" x 82" x 1-1/8" thick veneered IPB. My calculations show they weigh around #105 pounds each. The pocket door hardware which appear similar to Accuride 1132's is failing. I'm not comfortable going back with the same hardware. Anybody have any suggestions on some different hardware I could use that would be more appropriate for the weight. I don't want to have to make new doors as the veneers are sequenced match along that wall and stain/finish match will be another issue I don't want to have to deal with. It appears i will have to pull some of the existing cabinets just to get to the old hardware and release the existing doors.
You'll have to measure up the existing and see if you can find any matches, but probably not going to find much. Larger weight capacities usually use slightly larger tracks. And replacing the tracks can be a real nightmare depending on how the existing tracks are mounted. I turned down one of these jobs myself years ago as I had to explain to the homeowners that the track system the original shop used was much too light duty for the application, and the only way to fix was to replace the track system, which was flush mounted in the ceiling! If I just replaced the carriers then next time they failed guess who'd be held responsible!
In your case if you want to do it b/c it's the local library I'd probably advise to replace the hardware with the same and explain to those in charge that they will need to be replaced every x amount of years. The alternative is likely going to be extensive!
HAWA Concepta hardware would handle that weight. But this hardware would cost about $1,000 per door. Then you have the time to do the repair and the space required for the retracting door would be greater than what you now have.
JeffD's suggestion is probably the best. You might see if you could put a ball caster under the door to help carry some of the weight.
They have been a very good customer over the years so my rule is when they give you the good jobs you gotta take the bad ones. Vice versa as well and I run into that more often;). They have been pretty good about paying what it costs, so if I have to tear a bunch of stuff out to fix it right I will. We may just have to get the money in the budget for next year. I'll check on the HAWA hardware and see if that is a solution. Thanks for the feedback!