Pocket Door Locks: Problems You Might Face When Using Them (Plus Quick Fixes)


Are you looking for a lock solution in tight spaces such as bathrooms, offices and pantries? Well, look no further because pocket door locks are here for a dependable solution. You can count on them to do well in a place where a hinged door appears too imposing and keeps getting in the way. Generally, pocket doors are available in two forms, privacy (locking) and passage (non-locking). The non-locking alternative relies on a pull mechanism that allows you to slide the door in and out of a pocket. On the other hand, the privacy option offers a lock option with additional features like emergency release buttons. Here is a look at some of the problems you might encounter with pocket door locks (along with a few quick fixes):

Difficulty Moving the Locks

Difficulty moving the locks is one of the common challenges you might encounter when using pocket door locks. After using the locks for some time, they can become squeaky and produce an eerie sound every time you try to change their position. This often results from a misalignment of the doors, which inhibits them from closing and locking properly. Squeaking locks can be fixed by applying specialist lubricant from a nearby accessory store. Misalignments call for more work in terms of repairs. Call in a professional mobile locksmith to fix the door tracks, reset the faceplate or adjust the lock.   

Sticky Pocket Locks

You are also likely to encounter stickiness when using pocket door locks. This is often caused by outdated lock hardware. If you run into such a problem, open the door and spray a suitable solvent on the rollers. Clean them using a stiff brush to remove any grime that has accumulated over time. Roll the door back and forth while wiping any dirt deposited along the door tracks in the process. This also an opportunity to inspect all the rollers to ensure that they are well aligned on the track as required.

Wearing Out

Pocket door locks are bound to wear off because of regular friction. You will have to replace after few years depending on how well you have maintained the lock and the frequency of use. Sometimes, brute force also makes the locks crack and break. Cracked locks are notorious for getting things stuck in them especially in the key lock section. Worn out locks should be replaced immediately to avoid more problems with the damaged hardware.

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