Tired of asking your neighbors to take your dog out? Spare yourself the favor and consider installing a doggie door so that you don’t have to worry about your schedule or keeping your dog locked inside.
In this article we will show you how to install a doggie door in a wall, so get your tools ready and let’s start.
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Why Is the Wall Better Than the Door?
What’s the point of giving your dog a door of its own when it will ruin yours? Installing a doggie door will cause irreparable damage to your door frame.
Whereas, if you choose to install the door in a wall, you can definitely fix that hole later, if you decide to remove the doggie door.
The wall doors also allow for various dog door sizes. Some extra-large dog doors can never be installed in a door. Therefore, the wall doggie door is your better option.
Things to Consider Before Installing a Doggie Door
Before proceeding into the actual installation of the doggie door, there are certain points that you should consider.
First, you must choose a doggie door that fits the size of your dog. Using a measuring tape you should choose the widest part in your dog’s body to note down. This part is usually around the shoulders. Do the same for your dog’s height.
Another important element that affects the choice of a door is the dog’s weight. Big dogs need a sturdy door. You can go to an electronic door. Whereas, small dogs can do well with flaps.
You can test the accuracy of your measurements by experimenting with a cardboard box.
Once you decide on a door and you are ready to install, make sure you have the tools ready: a drill, tape, screws, pencils…etc.
The quality of the door itself is important for the protection of your house. You need a durable doggie door that both insulates and keeps moisture from getting into your house.
The Wall Type
Walls vary in thickness and material. Some walls have insulation or molding that needs to be considered when doing the drilling. walls can be made of bricks or concrete or stucco material.
Depending on the type of your wall, you will need to adjust your tools. For example, brick walls will require a more sturdy hammer drill and saw. It’s always important to start from inside so you can remove the insulation.
How to Install a Doggie Door in a Wall in 8 Steps
In this section, we’ll walk you through the general steps of installing the doggie door. Depending on the doggie door you bought and your wall type, you might need to do some tweaking.
Step 1: Unpack the Box
Inside the box, you’ll find the housing unit. There will also be an instructions manual and hardware for mounting the door. There might be also a template paper that you could use to help you with measurements.
Step 2: Mark Your Wall
Begin from inside by choosing a suitable area to install the door. Make sure this spot suits the pet on both sides, the interior and exterior.
Check the wall for wires, power outlets, and pipes. After that, use the measuring tape to mark the dog’s shoulder height on the wall.
Step 3: Check the Wall for Studs
Now that you have decided on the height of your door, proceed to locate the studs on the wall using a stud finder. Once you locate your studs, use a drywall saw to cut out a hole next to the stud.
Step 4: Start Drilling
Using the template, drill through the wall and into what will be the door’s 4 corners. Using the level and a pencil, draw a line to connect the 4 holes. This is the interior hole you will cut out to form the door.
With the drywall saw cut out that rectangle around the 4 corners. Now it’s time to deal with the molding or insulation that you have in your wall.
Step 5: Fit in the Interior Side of the Door
Put the first side of the door into the wall and it should slide in smoothly. If it didn’t fit, re-measure and adjust the cutting on the wall.
Step 6: Drill Through the Outer Wall
Through the interior wall, use a proper drill to create a hole in the exterior wall. The holes should be as straight as possible. Using the same template you used inside, drill through the 4 corners.
Use the pencil to draw a rectangle connecting the 4 holes. Then, with the use of a proper saw, cut along the lines you just drew. Remove the part that you cut off. However, don’t throw that part away, you might need to put it back later.
Step 7: Fit in the Exterior Pet Door
Put the exterior door inside the hole and make sure it fits properly. Some people choose to provide additional support to the door by putting pieces of wood on both sides.
Step 8: Screw the Doors
After you have made sure that both the interior and exterior doors fit well and that the door is properly supported, screw the doors into the wall. Now you have a doggie door that is fully and properly installed.
Installing Doggie doors is an easy way to take some burden off your shoulders and give your dog some extra freedom to roam around.
A typical installation process shall take no more than 2 hours. However, there are certain things to be aware of.
You have to first choose the doggie door that suits your dog. Then you should carefully choose the area where you’ll install the door. It should be away from any power outlets or pipes.
Most importantly, you should be cautious when dealing with the tools. Also, double-check your measurements before you go straight to cutting.
If all the steps and safety measures are followed, we ensure that your little friend will be happy with your little gift!