Reinstalling old pocket doors
At some point the massive 9' pocket doors to our 1896 Queen Anne Victorian were removed from their pocket hardware and set on hinges. We would love to restore the original configuration but need help putting a plan together. Also, we were told by an acquaintance of the previous owner that at one time the doors had some sort of weight & pulley system helping to open and close the doors. He said if you'd pull them a little, they'd close by themselves, if you pried them open a little, they'd open themselves. They are solid oak and must weigh at least 100 lbs each. Have any of you ever heard of this or know how to get better information about it?
Thanks, Andre' in Atl.