In our last blog post, we outlined how to install an interior door in your home. We’re continuing the door theme in this post today. Instead of interior doors, we will be explaining how to install a dog door in your home for easy entry and exit for your pet.
You will love this project if you live with a dog. The addition of a dog door in your home is extremely convenient. You won’t have to get up in the middle of the night to let your dog outside anymore.
This will help avoid “accidents” in your home and on your carpet too. Pet urine stains are very bad for carpet according to chemdrybexarco.com. These types of stains can cause permanent damage to your carpet pad and subfloor.
Let’s get started. Here is how to install a dog door in your home:
The first thing to determine is where you want to install the dog door. This will usually be on your back door connected to a mud room, laundry room or your kitchen. The door you choose should lead directly to a safe open space outdoors for your dog to go to the bathroom and relax and play.
Then you need to decide which dog door to purchase. There are several brands and models to choose from. You can buy a metal dog door or a plastic one but be sure to purchase a size that is large enough for your dog to comfortably enter and exit the door.
You should measure your dog from shoulder to shoulder and add 2 inches. Then measure your dog from shoulder to the bottom of their torso and add 2 inches. This should ensure that your dog can comfortably use the door.
We recommend removing the door from the hinges before beginning the installation process. You can lay the door onto sawhorses or a bench and the project will be much easier. Be sure to set the exterior side up and cut through the bottom of the door, not the top.
The door you purchase should come with an outline or template. You will use this to trace along the door to create the necessary cutout for the door. Be sure the cutout is at least 3 inches from any edge of the door.
Now place the door frame into the cutout and use a pencil to mark the screw holes for the frame. Then remove the frame and drill the holes for the screws. Now hold the inside frame beneath the door and screw the frame in from the bottom. Now the dog door is installed.
All that is left is to reattach your door to the hinges and train your dog to use the door going forward.
Most models available for purchase at the hardware store also include a solid plastic cover to slide into the door to close access if you do not want your dog exiting or anything from the outside entering through the door.
You and your dog will love this addition to your home!
Your wood doors in your home receive a lot of use over time and eventually need to be replaced for both function and appearance. The good news is that it is a very easy home repair to install interior doors.
You will either need to purchase a pre-hung door if the door frame is damaged or a slab or blank door if the door frame is intact. There are many types of interior doors to choose from. Purchase one that best fits the style of your home.
If you need to purchase a pre-hung door be sure to purchase one with the correct swing. Open the door and stand with your back to the hinges. If the doorknob is on the left side, you will need a left-handed door. Some pre-hung doors have a beveled edge on the left side so be sure to look for this.
Be sure to purchase a door that is the same size as the old door too and be sure to use the same size hinges for the door to open and close properly.
You can now remove the doorknob and lock hardware as well as the hinges and remove the old door from the frame.
Lie the old door on top of the new door and ensure the dimensions are in sync. Trace a pencil along the new door where there is excess. Cut the excess with an electric saw. Trace the locations of the door knob and hinges on the new door.
Use a chisel to outline the edges of the hinge location on the new door. Then make relief cuts a couple of centimeters apart and chisel out the wood for an indent that will accommodate the hinges.
Now hold the hinge in place and drill in the screws to fasten the hinge to the new slab door. Now drill the holes for the doorknob and the edge borehole for the locking mechanism and latch.
If needed, now is the time to paint the new door. Do not wait until after the new door is hung on the frame.
Now return to the door frame and attach the jam and strike plate for the new hardware. Now set the door in the hinges and insert the hinge pins. Test to see if the new door is opening and closing correctly.
There should be about a 1/8th inch clearance at the top of the door and along the side of the door. You only need 1/16th inch of space on the hinge side. If the door is too tight in the frame you should remove it and saw off a little more of the excess until the door fits properly in the frame.
Continue to saw excess and test the door until it fits perfectly. Then you can install the doorknob and hardware on the new door. Test the doorknob. If everything is correct you are finished.
Installing interior doors is a relatively simple home repair project that shouldn’t require more than a couple of hours to complete. If you are not comfortable using saws and some of the equipment necessary for this project, consider hiring a professional repair man near your home.
We’re are always excited and happy about the new home we just bought. We just can’t wait to move into the dream home. Most homeowners get frustrated and they joy ends as soon as they move into the new home only to find unexpected repairs. Everything might have seemed fine when you moved but after a couple of years, things start changing as the basement start getting flooded and the roof start dripping. The good news is that you can avoid such catastrophes by maintaining and taking proper care of your home. Here are some money-saving home maintenance projects that need to be at to of your to-do list.
Inspecting your Gutters and Downspouts
An improperly installed and a damaged gutter system and downspouts will result in foundation damage. It will start with a leaking basement before the foundation gets damaged. May also result in wood rot and infestation of pests such as termites which might end up damaging your property. It’s, therefore, crucial that you maintain and clean your gutters on a regular basis. In addition, make sure the nearby trees are well pruned and trimmed to reduce the amount of debris and leaves falling on your roof. Remember to position your downspouts well so that they can effectively direct rainwater far away from your home’s foundation.
Attending to your HVAC system
Your home serves as a place of relaxation and comfort as you stay away from the busy and tiresome work and daily routine. The HVAC system in your home helps in regulating and keeping your home’s temperature comfortable during the different seasons of the year. These systems should be regularly maintained to ensure optimal performance and prevent them from breaking down. Work with an HVAC expert to inspect them at least every month and replace any damaged or worn out components.
Finding and Sealing Air Leaks
Make sure any crack, seam, and opening in your home is sealed to prevent loss of energy. Air leaks will increase the cost of your energy bill since they tend to suck energy from your home. Hire a professional to inspect and determine if there are air leak sources in your home.
Assessing your Attic Insulation
Your roof’s attic system is responsible for retaining heat, controlling moisture and ensuring proper ventilation. It’s important that your attic has proper insulation to make sure your home temperature is not affected. A well-insulated attic will keep your home cool during the hot summer days and warm in the cold winter season. That means you won’t spend extra or a lot of money on your monthly energy bills.
Checking for Water Leaks and fixing them
You can’t fix what you cannot detect. A good way of preventing water damage and mold or mildew growth is detecting and fixing water leaks early enough. Start with your under-sink cabinets and your ceilings. Any signs of staining on your ceiling would indicate roof leaks. Also check all your toilets. Don’t forget to hire a professional roofer to carefully inspect your roofing system for any damage or issues. This should be done at least once a year and anytime there’s a severe weather condition such as hail storms or high winds.