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Old 02-16-2013, 01:19 PM   #1
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I installed a small dog door a couple of years ago. I installed it as close as I could to the back door. It ended up being between the door frame and a stud that is 5 1/2 inches away. The small dog door fit perfectly between the 2. Now we have a bigger dog, I bought the next bigger door, but to install it in the same location I will have to cut the stud that is 5 1/2 inches from the door frame. What is best option here? I think framing the new dog door would be easier than trying to replace the Hardy Board that I cut for the original door.

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Old 02-16-2013, 01:42 PM   #2
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Really should be opening up the wall from the inside and adding a header.
Easy enough to cut the siding with a 4-1/2" right angle grinder and a diamond blade.

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I am not a carpenter. Would a single 2x4 across the top be ok? I need an additional 2 inches or so. About the width of the stud.
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We do not have a picture, no dimensions, so it's anyone's guess.
I would at least double it up and install jacks on the sides.
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No picture came up.
Would be interesting to see how you plan on trimming this out on the outside to keep water out.
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I think the picture will work now. As for water/weather-the door is under a covered patio. It has not been an issue for the smaller door. There are vinyl flaps on both sides of the opening. The opening is also 6 inches higher than the patio on the outside.
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The hole/opening needs to be 8 1/4 x 13 1/2.

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