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The entry door of a house with a pet door set into it

Overview

Make it easier to let your pet in and out of the house by installing a pet door. We'll show you how to install a pet door into an existing door.

Steps

1Remove the door

You can install a pet door while the door is still attached to its frame, but we've taken ours off to make it easier. We've placed it onto a workbench and rested the door on some timber offcuts to avoid cutting the workbench when we use the jigsaw.

The entry door of a house

2Working out how to position the pet door

Make sure the pet door is at the right height for your pet to get in and out. To do this, measure the distance from the underside of your pet's stomach to the floor. Mark that distance from the bottom of the door at two points so that the pet door is square.

A person marking length on a timber door using a measuring tape and pencil

3Mark the template on the door

Cut out the pet door template which is supplied in the kit. Line it up with the two marks you've made on the door and trace around it.

A person tracing around a template on a door with a pencil

4Drill holes in the door

Place masking tape around the edges of the template lines you drew on the door. This will help to protect the door when you cut it. Use a cordless drill and the right sized drill bit to drill four holes in each corner of the template that you've marked on the door. 

A person drilling holes in a door marked with masking tape

5Cut out the opening

Put on your safety glasses, dust mask and ear muffs. Insert the jigsaw into one of the holes you drilled and cut out the opening for the pet door.

A person cutting a hole in a door using a jigsaw

6Attach the pet door

Place both sides of the pet door into the hole on either side of the door. Secure it to the door with the screws provided in the kit.

A person attaching a pet door to a timber door using a screwdriver

7Re-hang the door

Re-hang the door in the door frame. Now, all you need to do is train your pet to use its new door and enjoy not having to let your pet in and out all of the time.
The entry door of a house with a pet door set into it

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Health & Safety

Asbestos, lead-based paints and copper chromium arsenic (CCA) treated timber are health hazards you need to look out for when renovating older homes. These substances can easily be disturbed when renovating and exposure to them can cause a range of life-threatening diseases and conditions including cancer. For information on the dangers of asbestos, lead-based paint and CCA treated timber and tips for dealing with these materials contact your local council's Environmental Health Officer or visit our Health & Safety page.

When following our advice in our D.I.Y. videos, make sure you use all equipment, including PPE, safely by following the manufacturer’s instructions. Check that the equipment is suitable for the task and that PPE fits properly. If you are unsure, hire an expert to do the job or talk to a Bunnings Team Member.