Add a pocket door in wall behind shower head and plumbing

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Posted by: from Edmonton
3/18/2017 at 6:19:34 PM

I have a pretty small bathroom that has a door that swings out into a hallway. I'd like to change the door to be a pocket door that slides into the wall. The wall that it would slide into is a shower wall with the shower head and water spouts and plumbing inside the wall.

The door width is just shy of 29 inches. The wall width that it would slide into is just over 32 inches. The door jamb and wall cavity is just over 12 inches wide.

Based on these measurements would it be possible to convert this door to a pocket door and have enough room/clearance for everything without major rerouting of plumbing etc...?

I'm not familiar with plumbing so I don't know how deep the plumbing would go into the wall cavity. This is also an older house built in 1927 in case that matters too.

Pictures of wall, door, and cavity below for reference.

Add a pocket door in wall behind shower head and plumbing
Add a pocket door in wall behind shower head and plumbing
Add a pocket door in wall behind shower head and plumbing
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Date/Time3/18/2017 at 7:23:23 PM


So the plumbing waterlines and diverter will be mostly behind the shower wall only around 4-6". Problem being is where the plumbing stack would be behind the wall it may be more to the hallway wall to go up and outside. Only way to know is to cut a hole to find out. It could be moved. The hallway wall needs to be re framed for the pocket door.


Rob K

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Date/Time3/18/2017 at 8:47:10 PM


It may be possible however you'll require adequate clearance inside the wall to accommodate the door plus the framing. The unknown is also the vent stack that may be inside that area of the wall as well. The only way to know s\for sure is to open up an area of the wall and look for clearance and obstacles.



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Date/Time3/18/2017 at 9:14:05 PM

This pocket door possibly could be done without problem in reference with the wall width, you just want to have to investigate first in case any stack go in this specific wall.

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Casey in Edmonton
Date/Time3/19/2017 at 8:49:48 AM

Thank you all for your replies and tips.

I actually know that the plumbing stack that goes to the roof for this bathroom does not go through this wall, its in the back corner wall. (I've had previous plumbing problems that caused me to open up some walls.)

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