How to Install a Pet Door

Tired of getting up to let your pet out into the backyard now and then? Pet doors are meant to relieve you of this constant burden. give your pet the luxury to move across doors at will without disturbing you by installing a pet door. The process is really simple and easy enough for any novice to carry out. The pet door kits usually come with all the tools required so you do not have to make much effort. Lets make easier for both you and for your pet with the step by step guide below.

Things you need:
– pet door kit
– Tape
– Jigsaw or saw


  • 1

    Determine the location and size:

    Select the door where you want to place it. This is normally the door which you have to get up most frequently to open. This maybe the kitchen door leading out to the backyard or the garage door. The size of the door depends on the pet that you have. Cats of course need smaller doors while dogs require a larger one. Buy a pet door that is at least two inches larger than the widest part of your pet's body.

  • 2

    Buy a pet door:

    Get a pet door of the required size from a hardware or home improvement store. The kit usually includes door, hinges, frames, a cutting template and instructions. These things make installation a lot easier.

  • 3

    Trace out the shape:

    Place the template on the door. The template should be at least three inches above the bottom of the door. Use a pencil to trace out the outline of the template unto the door.

  • 4

    Drill startingholes:

    Mark each corner of the outline with a small circle. Drill a hole on each circle using a 1/2-inch drill bit.These holes are your starter holes to make cutting easier.

  • 5

    Cut the outline:

    Now use the jig saw to cut out the outline, along the pencil line.

  • 6

    Install frames:

    The tool kit comes with two frames; outer and inner. Attach the outer pet frame to the exterior side of the door using the given screws. Do the same for the interior one. The interior one will have the plastic flap. You will need a partner's help to hold the frame while you attach the bolts and screws. All done. Make your pet pass through the door and check for any loopholes.

    The flap will remain closed when the pet door is not being used and will move easily when your pet is crossing the door.

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