Pocket Door in a Loading-Bearing Wall

Last Updated on January 28, 2020 by Tim Harman

Announcement!  I’ve started a YouTube channel!  Starting this channel has been in the works for some time now, so I’m really pleased to finally have something going.  For my first series, follow along on my recent renovation project – the library.  The project includes, assessing and taking out a section of a load-bearing wall, a pocket door, building/framing a wall, installing double french doors, and semi-custom built-ins.

For part one, you’ll watch me demo, do some light electrical work, build a quick temporary wall, install a load-bearing header, and install a pocket door.  This series isn’t meant to be direct how-to instructions, but rather an overview of the entire process.  Watch me work at 1000x speed while I narrate in the background.  Make sure to subscribe to my channel, give it a thumbs up, and share!

Here are some products I used in the project:

Johnson Hardware pocket door frame
GRK RSS structural screws
GRK multi-purpose screws I use for framing
Simpson wafer-head screws
Swanson speed square and combo square
Johnson 48″ level

(these are affiliate links)

Intro/outro music by the very talented, William Collier.

For a more thorough how-to video on installing the pocket door frame I used, check out the following…

Johnson Hardware
Smart Easy DIY

For the switchable outlet I mentioned check out this how-to.