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How to fit a dog flap!

Discussion in 'General Chat Forum' started by rEVILospud, Mar 22, 2006.

  1. rEVILospud

    rEVILospud Active Member

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    As title really;
    How do you go about fitting a dog flap into a PVC double glazed (slightly frosted glass) door. The glass is in one whole panel from top to bottom and I need to fit a dog flap into it somehow. I really don't want to buy a new door and cutting a whole in the glass pane sounds difficult and dangerous. Can you get a section of the glass cut out and somekind of panel put in?

    So basically, whats the best way of doing this? Advise needed please.
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    You're going to need to buy a new door mate, or put the dog thing in the wall. What you are suggesting seems totally impossible.
  3. James Ferrier

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    i'd agree that it sounds a little difficult, what you might be better off doing is phone a local door company and find out what your options are.

    i think the strength of the door is the major consideration.
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    Dont know if it is possible as a double glazed glass panel I think has a vacuum between the outer and inner sheets of glass, therefore by cutting you are breaking the vacuum. It is also usually toughened glass that does not lend itself to having holes cut in it. I'm not 100% on this, but I am fairly certain that either one or both bits are right.
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    Not necessarily a whole new door. What you could do is to put a plywood panel in the lower half of the door big enough to mount the flap, then get a glazier to cut you a new double glazed unit for the top half of the door. If you keep the old glass panel, you can have it put back if you move house. We did this in our old house with a conservatory which had wall to ceiling glass.
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    rEVILospud Active Member

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    Thanks for all the quick replies, I think I might just sell the dog!
    It looks like I'm gonna either going to have to:

    1) Buy a completely new door with pre-built flap.
    2) Get the glass replaced with a new pane which has had the hole cut and flap fitted before it was toughened.
    3) Or get the glass replaced with a smaller piece at the top and a separate PVC panel at the bottom with the flap fitted.

    Everyone one of these sounds like a right PAIN!
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    A pain indeed,and what about security when you have a dog/small person sized flap??
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    Nick_UK New Member

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    Leave the dog outside, and annoy the neighbours with the barking ? :)
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    GBDG1 Active Member

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    Why can't you put it through the wall? I've seen this done a few times... seems to be alright.
  10. rEVILospud

    rEVILospud Active Member

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    I'll have another look to see if that is an option, but I believe there is not enough free wall space i that area to fit one in.

    Thanks for all the suggestions
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    Without wanting to offend. All dogs should be outside anyway, thats why they have fur.

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