Another Tip From The Tool Master
Yes, my fellow do it yourselfers. Tim the tool man here again strapping on my carpenters belt with another tid bit of information. This time it is how to hang a homemade barn door. To get right down to brass tax I made the door using pressure treated 4"x6"x8' boards cut to a height of 72" The whole door is 33" wide by 72" tall. Thank goodness to my trusty circular saw which cut the pressure treated boards to exact lengths. Putting the boards together to give the look of a real barn door I used 3 1"x4" by 33" strips of again pressure treated boards. Using my tried and true power drill laying these boards across I proceeded to use 1 3/4" screws to firmly secure the 4"x6"x72"' there by completing the barn door. Now, this door is just right fit for the bath opening separating the just completed remodeled bath and the den. Down here in Florida it is always a good idea to use pressure treated wood for any interior or exterior projects.
The idea of putting a barn door inside separating the bath from the den occurred while I was remodeling the bath. Seeing as though to conserve space by not building a conventional door frame for a hinge door putting up a barn door was the logical choice. Besides once the door was built and a mahogany stain added a rich dark texture to the door. All of which would add a real nice tone to the den. What a better way to conserve space and have a truly unique entrance way inside ones home.
To acquire the necessary hardware to hang the door and the guide tracks from which the door will slide back and forth required some research. With my trusty computer I went to barn door web sites. There were quite a few I found out. But, all of them had hardware just for hanging the door would have cost over $400 and that's not including the door that you have to purchase even though all we needed was just the hardware. They say that necessity is the mother of invention. With a little improvisation I drew up an alternative way to install this door I made. Instead of hanging it where it would slide from the ceiling down I knew this door was just a little too heavy. To compensate for the weight of the door I instead but three wheels on the bottom where the weight will taken off the top. So that now all I had to do was attach two wheels on the top of the door and come up with a top running track to guide the door so that it will slide back and forth with the weight of the door bearing on the floor and not from the ceiling the way most barn door are installed.
Being of a frugal mind now considering I am retired though you would never know it from all the home projects that come with home ownership necessitates coming up with alternatives. What a better place to find an alternative than shelling out $400 or more just for hardware for a whole lot less mullah than Home Depot. Home Depot has become the builder and home improvement lifeline, at least for me. I was fortunate to find for a little more than $18 metal tracks that would suffice as the running guides for my barn door. All together the hardware for my barn door was somewhere around $40. That is a $360 savings that I couldn't afford anyway.
To complete the hanging and installation I first had to attach this metal track to a 2"x4"x8' Once this track was firmly secured suing 1 3/4" screws I had to measure just the right height to place this track so that the door will slide smoothly across the floor and inside the top track. Once measured to the specific height I proceeded the drill in 3" screws at intervals of one every 6 inches so that the entire 8 ft track is firmly attached to the wall about 4 inches from the ceiling. Sliding the door into the track was the next step. Now, firmly secured with the top wheels inside the track the door could be easily slid from the opening to the side with relative ease. the last part is to but a bumper stop at the end to the track so the wheels don't leave the track. That was easily done using a rubber like door stop that I screwed into the wall at the end of the track,
As I stand back and look at all the hard work I have now a fully functional barn door that contributes to the overall value of the house while conserving space and it really does enhance the den. Just think of all the money I saved by building a door and installing it myself. Until my next project this is Tim the tool man.