How to Install a Doggie Door in a Wall

Having a pet is something every child wants, and every adult wishes to pursue. However, owning a dog can prove to be a hassle after some time. This is because pets require constant attention and care, and they need to be given plenty of room to play around in. At the same time, dogs require constant walks, or trips to the garden, which is something that owners tend to find annoying.

As a result, most owners now look to install doggie doors in their houses, so that the dogs can access the house and the garden whenever they want to. This makes it easier for the pets to leave when they want to and for them to come back when they wish to do so. At the same time, it gets rid of the owners requirements to constantly open and close doors to let the dogs in and out of the house.

Installing a doggie door can be a tricky challenge, since it is not something people do on a day to day basis.


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    Locate studs and outline

    Firstly, you need to use a stud finder and make sure that the area where you are looking to install a doggie door.

    Once you manage to locate all the studs and avoid them, position the place you want to place the doggie door in and then outline the area using either tape, or a pencil.

    When marking, remember to point out the areas where you need to drill holes. At the same time, you need to remember to keep a one and a half inch gap above the dogs height on a single flap mount, and a two inch one on a double wall mount.

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    Position and drill

    Next up you need to place your doggie door in the area that it’s going to be rested in. Then you need to drill in the frame and secure it firmly.

    Following that, you need to drill a hole in the area that will be working as the entrance/exit for your dog. You will go about drilling this area out in the same manner that you would drill areas out for a window.

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    Secure and test

    Finally, you can put in all the nuts and screws that came with the doggie door, in order to secure it to the frame.

    Once that is done, you can get your dog to test out the door, so that you can check if you need to make any adjustments.

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