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install drywall on pocket door

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Nailing the left-side jamb to pocket door frame at the top but not nailing lower down is an advantage from this point on.
Cut door so it fits into the opening. 
Important: You want a close fit. No more than 1/4" less than opening width. If you cut off slightly more, there are work arounds, but more than 1/2" too narrow can be a problem. If you are not comfortable making such a close shave, the left side door jamb can be pried slightly wider at top and then pushed back using prybar.

Attach roller hanger hardware on top of door with screws.
Make sure screws are stout enough to hold door. If you choose a solid core door, the weight might be a problem over time. A panel door or hollow-core door is best choice.

To hang the door: Tip door out at bottom and lift to attach to the track rollers. Once the door is hanging straight down, it will not come off the rollers.

Carefully check that the door rolls into the pocket door frame without touching wires or nail etc. Anything that sticks into the opening will scratch the door.
If the door works fine and looks good, remove and apply paint or stain etc so door is finished. Re-install door after drywall in installed.
The drywall sits on 1/2" wide wood strip.
The trim will nail onto the wood strip.
The left side door jamb does not come with the pocket door frame.
Buy standard door jamb. Make sure width of jamb matches width of pocket door frame. Slightly wider or narrower is fine. More than 3/16" difference can be a problem when applying trim and caulk.
The drywall is cut around the jamb as illustrated ... the actual drywall does not need to be cut as close as shown in illustration. 
90 minute mudMud: I recommend using fast-drying 90 minute drywall mud for joints. Reasons: can be used to fill gaps if needed, and dries fast so several coats can be applied in one day.
Even thick coats of 90 minute mud will dry quickly, within hour or so, without cracking.
Mix small batches using tap water and cake mixer. I mix mud inside a 5-gallon bucket that's been cut off about 4" high because it can be hit with a tool afterwards to remove the dried mud. The mix can be clumpy. Simply push out the clumps using drywall knife during application.

Final finish can be the pre-mix mud: it is not clumpy, but cannot be put on thick. Premix sands easier than fast dry. Fast dry cannot be applied except in thin coats, and wait time for drying is 1 day.
Textures must be made from pre-mix to avoid lumps. Mix paint and mud together with a bit of water to make texture.

Use 1 to 1-1/4" drywall screws to attach drywall to pocket door frame. Using long nails or screws can prevent door from rolling. 

Put up new drywall. 


Use patching plaster to fill holes and gaps, or use fast-drying 90 minute drywall mud. 
Do not use the pre-mix drywall mud to fill holes and gaps. Pre-mix can only be applied in thin layers with day wait time between coats.

Tape:
For joints, use fiber tape to keep joints as flat as possible. Use paper tape on corners.
Fiber tape usually has a bit of self adhesion so simply stick it on the wall and apply dabs of mud over top to hold it in place. First coat over fiber tape should be quick and light. Full coverage not needed. Keep it flat, tight and smooth.
Paper tape is different application techniques than fiber tape. For corners, fold paper tape down the center, then apply mud to all surfaces where the tape will be applied. Do not leave voids or gaps under tape paper tape or it will bubble up. Bubbled-up areas of paper tape must be cut out with utility knife before final coat of mud.

When applying first coats: Push drywall knife hard to keep mud flat. Fast dry dies hard so it's advisable to keep ridges and lines at a minimum to reduce sanding.
For floating wide areas, used 8"-12" wide knife. Pushing hard when needed to easing the pressure to allow more mud to fill gaps.

Buy:
Patching plaster
Drywall tools
Yellow drywall tape
Drywall taping knife
1-1/4" drywall screw
paint strainerOld paint must be run through a paint strainer to remove clumps, debris, dried paint etc.
Put the strainer inside a bucket, pour paint into bucket, lift up the stainer and use hand to squeeze last of paint through strainer.
Do this over the grass, then wash hand and strainer and grass with water hose. Re-use strainer for next gallon.

With oil base paint, use brush to push last of paint through strainer, then discard the strainer when all the paint has been cleaned.

For latex, use a quality nylon brush. Cheap disposable brushes are not best choice.
Oil base, use a quality bristle brush.
Buy:
Purdy paint brush
Purdy bristle brush
Use latex primer on walls.
General rule of thumb for new drywall is 1-2 coats primer, 2 coats finish. Don't skimp on wall paint.
Store latex brushes and roller overnight inside plastic bag in refrigerator. Oil base, store in freezer.


Make final pass with drywall mud using pre-mixed compound instead of 90 minute mud.
The pre-mix must be applied in thin coats.
Use 8" or 12" blade for final coat.
Finish the wall with primer.
Re-install door trim. Sand lightly and clean trim, and apply a coat of paint before installation.
Be careful to use short nails on the pocket door frame side. Here's where the trick comes in for the jamb on left side: nail trim onto jamb, then carefully position the jamb then nail trim into wall... this is easy way to get a perfect fit.

The new jamb will look best and provide privacy with 2 pieces of door stop so the door slides between the two stops. This will ensure the door does not have an crack when fully closed. That way the door can be slightly out of square and it isn't noticeable. Reinstall baseboard.
Caulk cracks and spackle nail holes, then sand spackle smooth before painting.
Buy:
Purdy paint brush
Purdy bristle brush
Pocket door frame
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page 2 cut opening for pocket door
page 3 install new frame for pocket door   
page 4 install switch on pocket door

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