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11-04-2005, 09:59 AM
Is it hard to install a doggie door?
11-04-2005, 11:43 AM
I've installed a kitty door -- does that count?
Hard? No. But you do physically have to cut a hole in the door, so you have to be pretty comfortable with power tools. We had to use a drill and a jigsaw. Then again, we cut through a wood door, so it may be different if your door is metal.
11-04-2005, 12:29 PM
Thanks. Does your door lead to the outside or to a garage? I'm also wondering if it will let a lot of bugs in the house.
11-04-2005, 12:31 PM
Ours lead (it was in our old house) to our garage/basement. The "seal" around the kitty door was pretty decent, so I don't imagine bugs would be THAT much of an issue. I *think* you can get heavier duty doors if it leads to the outside. You may also want to look into one of those doors that uses a magnet on the dog's collar to "unlock" it.
We got the kind of doggy door that is a panel you insert into your sliding glass door. No cutting required.
Wow, that was a really poor description.
11-08-2005, 09:52 AM
We have the same style as ejs. We like that we can put it in or take it out whenever we want.
We do not have a fly problem because of that. We did have my husband rout a spot for the sliding door hardware, just to increase energy efficiency.
04-10-2006, 05:24 PM
Bumping this thread up with a new question...
We have single-panel doors in our house, and two cats (They're as big as small dogs, so theoretically the thread title still applies ;)). There is a door in the kitchen that into the basement where the litter box is. I want to install a doggie door on this door so that the cats will be able to get into the basement with the door closed for two reasons. The one that is applicable now is that I'd like to keep our basement door shut as our basement is unfinished and COLD in the wintertime. Eventually, we will need to either keep that door shut or I'll need to get a baby gate, but I don't think a baby gate will work at that doorway (the landing/doorway is too cramped).
The top of the panel is about 10" off the ground. My cat's belly is about 7" off the ground. So I will have to cut through the thick and the thin part of the door to install this thing. Is this a lost cause? Or will I be able to install a pet door on this door?
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