At first glance, installing a pocket-door kit might seem like a pretty simple task. But the truth is, messing one up is pretty simple, too. In this article, I'm going to share some of the lessons I've learned — the hard way — about pocket-door kits, along with some tips for improving their function and feel.

Pocket-door kits come in two types: good and bad. Inexpensive kits with light-duty track and carriage wheels (sometimes called "trucks") are the bane of door-hangers and homeowners. Not only are they difficult to install, but in no time at all the track bends or the wheel bearings wear out. And everyone knows fixing a pocket door isn't...

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