Installing a Slider? Maybe It's Time to Go Trackless!

By John Voket


In our last report, I covered the finer points of hanging a conventional interior sliding door. In the course of researching the topic, we came across the latest innovation from the folks at Johnson Hardware (

For as long as anyone can remember, bypass and multi-pass sliding pocket doors always required bottom guide tracks to deliver the best opening and closing operation.  But Johnson Hardware isn’t one to follow that same well-worn track.    

Providing a more streamlined appearance, new Johnson Hardware Trackless Door Guides eliminate the need for a threshold or bottom guide track. So it’s now much easier to travel through an entryway, especially for people who use walkers or wheelchairs.  

And since there aren't any tracks or thresholds to gather dirt and dust, maintenance chores are a lot easier as well. With no bottom guide track or threshold needed, bypass and multi-pass pocket door systems install easier and faster than ever.

Johnson Hardware trackless door guides all feature fully adjustable/removable door hangers for a precision installation, and smooth rolling nylon encapsulated ball bearing wheels for easy gliding operation.

Designed for heavy-duty commercial grade applications, with a maximum door weight of 400 lbs. each, the 200MP and 200BP guide kits feature a precision extruded heavy-gauge aluminum I-beam top track and can be used on door thicknesses from 1-¾ inch (45 mm) to 2-¼ inch (57 mm).

Engineered for standard commercial grade and residential applications, the 100MP, 111MP, 100BP and 111BP track kits feature a top precision extruded aluminum “jump proof” box track and can be used on door thicknesses of 1-3/8 inch (35 mm), 1-¾ inch (45 mm) or 2-¼ inch (57 mm).

So if you're thinking about installing sliding doors in your home, consider the possibility of going trackless with the help of Johnson Hardware..

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