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sue allison
Pocket door stops

One set of my pocket doors is missing the stops that go above the doors. This causes them to come out of the wall sometimes when they are being closed. Does anyone know where I might be able to get either old or reproduction stops? Thanks.

Re: Pocket door stops

You could make your own stops pretty easily with a few tools (table saw and a router). The door stop on a pocket door is just nailed onto the face of the jamb, all the way around (top, left & right sides). Use a router bit that gives you a shape that you like and run it down the side of the wood that you choose. If the jamb is stained/varnished, you'll want to match the wood species (oak, poplar, etc.). If it's painted, you can get away with using any variety.

If you don't have any of the aforementioned tools, just buy some clamshell doorstop and use it for this purpose. You'll be a little more limited in the type of wood but if painted, it'll get you by just fine. I've used this many times on more modern pocket doors.

Good Luck.

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