How to Make a Pet Door
Making a pet door is not difficult. Most of project involves preparation and measurement. You can make a template for the door and cut the size you need once you have the right measurement. Using the same template, the next step is to buy a pet door frame. Time of installation takes less than and an hour or within 30 minutes. It depends on your specific pet’s needs and tailored to any size of cat or dog. You can buy the pet door frame in any pet store or home improvement store with different types of style.
Things that you need to make a pet door:
- measure tape
- sharp scissor
- small tool
- pet door frame
- safety glasses
Steps to Make a Pet Door
- First, measure the door frame. Determine the size of the opening that you will need for your pet. As your measurement for the frame of the pet door, use the largest pet in your home. Measure the height of the door by using a tape, measure your pet from top of the pet shoulders to a knee joint. The reason is because; pets will eventually lower their head to walk through an opening. Any ground clearance will be offset when the pet lifts its leg. For the width measurement, use the same pet and measure between its shoulder blades. To allow good clearance, add 2 to 3 inches on either side.
- Then, draw the measurements to make two sides of a square on a thick section of cardboard. Repeat on the opposite side to finish the template. The hole that you will create is the size of the dog door, so cut the opening and throw discard the cutout. To make sure the hole is suitable; get your largest pet to step through the hole. Alter the measurements on the cupboard if needed before cutting the actual opening in the door.
- Gather the template, the pet door frame that you bought all the tools and safety glasses. Get a small stool to sit on while working, it will help you from cramping. On the bottom of the pet door, make pencil marks and then line up the template with the markings. For the remaining sides, use the template to mark whiles the sides of the frame with a level to draw. Make sure that the square is leveled as you go.
- Next, drill a hole in each corner for starting points to cut the lines. Cut outside the pencil lines using a jigsaw to make sure you have enough room. After cutting it, push out the hole. Place the two sides of the pet door snug into opposite sides of the opening. You can use a thin wood strips to fill in any gaps between the frame and the pet door. Line up the holes and put in the screws. Finally, to make sure that your pet door is working, have a pet to go through it.