Build a Dog Door for Sliding Glass Door
A dog door for sliding glass door may be difficult to build. However difficulties may not be found if the correct ways to make it are followed properly. Although dog doors are available to buy in a lot of stores like IKEA, this type of doors is actually pretty easy to build on one’s own. The materials needed are not very hard to find either. Therefore, it is suggested that a door for dog, cat or any pet in precise, is built on your own. Other than saving some money, it is very advantageous, because the space can be measured precisely to avoid wrong size or any other mistake. These following steps are applicable for wood doors or sliding glass door. Only one needs to adjust to the material when these are being applied.
How to Make a Dog Door for Sliding Door?
1. A list of things you need
It is better to list all the things you need in order to avoid forgotten things. To build a dog door for sliding glass door, here are the things needed: obviously a pet, a pet door, wood, shims to align parts, insulation, deadbolt lock, and optional choices such as saw to cut wood, paint if it is needed to decorate the wood, screws or glue.
2. Measurement process
After every items needed are bought, the next thing you want to conduct is the measurement process. This process is essential, because the size should not be wrong. If it is wrong then it will be a disaster. The point of building the dog door for sliding door on your own is to avoid this mistake. Therefore, the first thing to measure is the sliding door, measure the door and the pet. Your pet must have its own size; don’t use common size you found online. Find the right size of the width and height of your dog in order to fit in to the sliding door.
3. Install the pet door
After you got the size right, it is the time to place the pet door. The right way to do it is to cut out the glass in the spot where you want it to be. A pet door is a square, rather thick, plastic for your pet to go in and out. The door can be screwed, glued or aligned to the top part with shims.
4. Securing the dog door for sliding door
The pet door is ready to be stacked in to the sliding door. To complete this step, you need something to secure the pet door and the cut out edge of the sliding door, right? Therefore, you need to use the insulation and the deadbolt lock to secure the pet door. However, the edge of the pet door and the glass should be framed with wood. This is the time to use the saw, cutting out the wood with the right size of the pet door. After every piece is assembled correctly, your dog now has the freedom to go in and out as it wants through the dog door for sliding door which has been just built.