Outfitting your pocket doors with new handles and locks is an inexpensive way to update the look of your door and possibly improve its function. The hardware on a pocket door that is opened and closed frequently can quickly look worn. On pocket doors installed decades ago, the hardware can also be old-fashioned. Fortunately, there is a wide selection of hardware for homeowners who want to give a door a facelift. There are so many colors and finishes, it may be tough to choose. Installing new handles and locks is a fairly simple job for someone who is handy, but requires precision for the doors to work properly. For the sake of appearance, handles should be level. The two lock components - one on the door, the other embedded in the jamb - should match exactly so the locking mechanism works. Measure carefully in order to do the job right. A common mistake made by homeowners is buying hardware that is incompatible with the door. Measure the thickness of your pocket door and … [Read more...]