I don’t remember exactly when I saw my first pocket door — it may have been when I went off to a big city for college — but I do remember thinking “Wow, disappearing doors! These are really neat!” And, many years later, I still think they’re neat. I can see a few places in our house (mainly closets) where pocket doors would be a great addition.
If I was going to put in a pocket door or two, I think I would use the kits available from Johnson Hardware. They claim their pocket door frames can be installed quickly in 2×4 timber or steel frame stud walls sheeted with drywall. Tricycle hangers ride in precision extruded aluminum track, and they use zinc-plated steel sides and back on the split jamb and studs uprights. A frame kit for a 36″ wide door up to 80″ high and weighing less than 125 pounds costs around $62 (door not included).
Have any Toolmongers put in pocket doors? What did you use?
Johnson Hardware [Manufacturer’s Site]
Johnson Prod. 153068PF Pocket Door Frame Via Amazon [What’s This?]
Johnson 153068PF [Google Products]
I don’t do much work with steel studs at home (okay, I’ve never worked with steel studs anywhere, but I’ve seen them and think they’re neat) so I have not used the Wedjji from J&J Industries. It’s a door and window framing tool that allows one person to center a stud in a metal door or window frame. Based on videos on the Wedjji web site, commercial construction crews would formerly use pieces of sheetrock for this, and it was a PITA. The Wedjji, which comes in four sizes, depending on sheetrock thickness and stud dimensions, costs between $27.99 and $29.49. Each unit has 3 or 4 built-in magnets to hold it to the door or window frame. It looks like the Wedjji is a reasonable widget, and it does have a cool name.
Have any Toolmongers used this tool? Is it a good alternative to a few scrap pieces of sheetrock?
Wedjji [Manufacturer’s Site]
Pounding things into submission with a sledgehammer can really work out your frustration, but that’s the only time it’s fun — repeatedly aligning walls with a sledge isn’t most carpenters’ idea of a good time. It definitely wasn’t Keith Kennedy’s favorite pastime, which is why he invented the WoodRatchet.
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