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Unread 03-25-2020, 10:40 PM   #1
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Trim a pocket door in place

Hopefully someone has done this before. I am tiling or bathroom. It has a pocket door that can't be removed. The door is about 1/8" too tall and needs to be trimmed in place.
I have a multitool but think that would not give me a very clean cut, especially along the bottom of a 30" door.
Anyone have any suggestions how to do a clean trim of approximately 1/8" offer the bottom of a door with it in place?

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Unread 03-25-2020, 11:40 PM   #2
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A jamb saw works great but not likely to get you all the way to the end, use the multi tool to finish the cut. You could use the multi tool you have it you were to draw or snap a line on the door and have a steady hand will get you a clean cut, follow the line
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Unread 03-25-2020, 11:52 PM   #3
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Unread 03-26-2020, 04:28 AM   #4
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Are you sure that there is no adjustments on the roller system on the top of the door? Most pocket doors have adjustments.
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Unread 03-26-2020, 08:25 AM   #5
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Welcome, Doug.

Not uncommon to need to remove some casing to actually remove a pocket door if you can't adjust it enough as Chris is suggesting.
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You might can lay a board on the floor that's the correct height. Then lay the blade of the multi tool on the board using it as a guide. You would have to cut both sides. I'm just thinking out loud, never have done it this way. I'd try to adjust it first.
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Don't want to be negative, but having installed 2 pocket doors myself I don't see trimming it in place turning out well. The cut likely will not be straight and even, and will leave a sharp edge, and you'd not be able to seal the raw wood.

Pull the trim.
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I know I have seen a video demonstrating what you asking but I could find it but I found this, Same concept different tool.

https://youtu.be/Fxb04_4m8S0
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I want to see the door after it's been trimmed. I am picturing a shredded panel.

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How would you picture anything without even knowing how the trimming was done, Travis? I've probably cut down a couple hundred doors of various types to fit any number of flooring types or Jamb changes and I don't recall a single one ever looking "shredded."
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Agree with CX, you need to remove the top section of trim on one side of the door so you can remove it from the track and then trim to size. I prefer to use a edge clamp for this type of cut, very useful; come in sizes from 2' - 8'. The 8' is very useful when squaring up edge of a badly planed door.

If you're a contractor, this may be an up-charge to the client. If you are the homeowner, look at it as a great excuse to buy a handy tool.

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First choice for me would be to remove the casing and necessary jamb material to allow you to tilt the bottom of the door enough to remove it from its track. Some track systems vary, but most common tracks I’ve worked with are like this. Yes, it’s a pain, but it’s my most preferred way because it’s easy to get a clean cut.

If you had to keep the door in place and use a jamb saw, make sure to score the door very accurately with a utility knife so the wood doesn’t splinter. I’d use a piece of wood ripped to exactly the height you need above the floor. Score both sides and cut from both sides. And finish up with the multi-tool, as suggested.

And I like Davy’s suggestion to use plywood to guide a multi-tool flush-cut blade. Again, cut from both sides.

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Never seen a tilt-to-remove track. Most I've dealt with have a latch, usually plastic, on each trolley that hooks over a mushroom-type pin on the top of the door at each end of the door top. Sometimes operable with your fingers, more commonly with a tool of some sort.

That's after the casing has been removed from one side.

I've never encountered a pocket door I couldn't remove, but I've known a couple to be a very large PITA.

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I’m figuring you’ve worked with just the nicer variety. The better, more expensive track systems have the much smoother-rolling captured trolleys with a dangling mushroom pin thing that’s grabbed by some hardware on top of the door.

The cheaper track hardware involves roller brackets that are directly attached to the doors and are tilted onto the tracks.

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