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Replacement Rollers for a Pocket Door: Where to Find

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    LESLIE: Discovery Radio Network is where Charlie from Oklahoma finds The Money Pit. What can we do for you?

    CHARLIE: I’m looking for new rollers for a pocket door. I’ve …

    TOM: OK.

    CHARLIE: I’ve got a pocket door that’s – it’s an entry into a closet. It’s a single door and I’m trying to find rollers that are compatible with the existing rail that it rides on and I’m not having any luck with it. I’ve gone to the home improvement stores. I’ve gone to some specialty door companies. And no one has anything that’s nearly the size that – it’s about an inch-and-a-half or an inch-and-a-quarter roller.

    TOM: I’m presuming it’s an old door, Charlie?

    CHARLIE: Yes.

    TOM: Alright. You’re going to have to jump online for this.

    LESLIE: There’s a bunch of websites. There’s a good website and catalog that I like and it’s Van Dyke’s Restorers and their website is VanDykes.com and they specialize in antique hardware for just that situation.

    And another good source is AntiqueSupply.com. They do the same; antique hardware for doors, windows, drawer pulls, hinges, anything that you need to sort of match a period home.

    And there’s a third website – SignatureHardware.com. And between those three, you should be able to find it.

    Is there anyway to see who the original manufacturer was of this roller?

    CHARLIE: No, it’s – it’s not a high-end home. It was probably a – oh, a moderate or medium-priced home. And it’s a – I’ve never seen a roller like it. I took the pieces that we could find to the home improvement stores. Couldn’t find anything that was even close. The only thing that they had was a new roller kit that you had to put a new rail in, which …

    LESLIE: Mm-hmm.

    TOM: Right. Well, that would be – that would be so hard to do because it’s all built in.

    Yeah, I love pocket doors and I especially love old pocket doors because they’re just so solid compared to the new ones. But I think if you get online and check the antique supply places, you’re going to be able to find these parts. Because there’s a lot of people that are in the same situation.

    CHARLIE: OK, great. Thank you very much. I appreciate it.

    TOM: You’re welcome, Charlie. Thanks so much for calling us at 888-MONEY-PIT.

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