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Question DetailsAsked on 9/30/2013

I need help find a good carpenter to install a dog door

Secure, solid as air tight as possible and yet allows dog to come and go - that is the goal

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Search the List (in green banner bar) for a Finish Carpenter for this job. If you know a good Handyman he probably could also, but I would not take an unknown one for this - can botch things pretty bad.

If putting through the wall rather than a door, make sure you are not putting the door where there are pipes (water or baseboard heating), electric or phone wires coming in the house at that point, or electric wires running between outlets or to a switch from below through that area, to keep your cost down.

My personal recommendation after several catastrophic failures - visualize a Youtube of a dog walking around with the whole dog door frame broken off and around her neck, or a flap shattering into hundreds of pieces at 10 below - go with Staywell pet doors with the flexible vinyl rather than the rigid acrylic flaps, and if you are in a very cold winter area (and putting through the wall), buy two and install flaps on both the inside and outside faces, though that prohibits slipping in the rigid plastic panel that blocks off the door when you are away or don't want the dog coming in and out.

Also, err on the large size - not only because manufacturers are optimistic about how big a dog can fit through their doors, but also getting a larger one so you have a lower sill than initially needed makes it a lot easier on your dog as it gets older and gets stiff or develops hip problems. Also, in anticipation of an older dog, do NOT make it go swaybacked to get through - put the top of the flap a bit above top of shoulder level (or where it will likely be when grown up, if a puppy).

Answered 6 years ago by LCD

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