Q: How can I fix pocket doors that no longer close all the way?

— Denise, Lexington, Kentucky

A: Tom Silva replies: You first have to figure out what is causing the problem. You usually have to open up a section of the wall or remove the trim. Most of the time, it's something that has just worn out, or a screw has come loose. It's difficult to tell you exactly how to fix it without looking at the situation. It depends in part on the age of the doors and on the type of hardware they have. Older hardware is usually cast iron, which sometimes will break. But I would say that about 90 percent of the time it's a loose screw that has broken free. In that case you've got to remove the side trim and get into the wall, or get the door completely off and fix it that way.
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