For many people, their pets are a member of their family. Therefore, it is important to have a way for their pets to come and go as needed. Aside from having a way for your pet to get outside, it is also important to make sure that you get the right sized pet door so your pet can fit through. You don’t want a door that is too small that your pet doesn’t fit, but you also don’t want a door that is too big that allows for unwanted visitors to get inside. It is recommended that you get a door that is at least 2 inches wider than the widest part of your pet, and 2 inches taller than your pet from the top of the shoulders to the chest, right behind the front legs.

Once you have found the right sized pet door to accommodate your pet, installing the door is actually quite easy for any handy homeowner or contractors in Dixon IL! Most pet doors come with a template for placement. If yours doesn’t, don’t worry, simply use the plastic slide as a template. Adhere the template to your door, in your desired location, at least 3 inches up from the bottom of the door, and tape the template in place. With the template in place, you are ready to cut and install your new pet door.

Step 1: Using a pencil, trace the interior edge of the pet door template. If your door uses screws to hold the door in place, be sure to mark the screw hole placement as well. Once everything has been traced and marked, remove the template from the door.

Step 2: With the outline traced, draw four X marks in each of the corners for drilling. Drill holes in the middle of the X marks, using at least a 1/2-inch drill bit. Be careful not to extend the drill hole past the outline of the door. If your door requires the use of screws to fasten the hardware to the door, drill the screw holes you previously marked using a 3/8-inch drill bit, or the size recommended by the manufacturer.

Step 3:  With the holes drilled, you’ll now need to use a jigsaw to carefully cut out the opening along the lines you traced in step 1, until you have gone all the way around the door.

Step 4: With the hole now cut out, you are ready to insert your pet door frame. Start by inserting the door frame on the exterior side of your door, using the frame with no flap attached. The frame should be flush with the surface of the door. If the frame of the pet door extends into the interior, use pliers to carefully break of one single break-off level at a time until desired thickness is achieved. Break off levels are horizontal and vertical pieces of the frame that are designed to be snapped off with the use of pliers to make a pet door frame thinner. Break off one level of frame at a time, starting at a top corner, and carefully working your way down the frame. Continue this process until the frame is flush with the inside of the door.

Step 5: With the frame now flush against the interior of the door, insert the part of the frame with the flap into the opening on the interior side of the door. With the frame in place, insert the screws and tighten until snug, being careful to not overtighten. Once all of the screws are in place, add a bead of caulk around the perimeter of the inside frame to prevent any air leaks.

Now your pet is free to come and go thanks to contractors in Dixon IL for this handy DIY on installing the perfect pet door for your pet!