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justabovemaine 11-08-2011 04:06 PM

about to install pet door into garage from laundry room
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Hello, I am about to install a small, 5" x 9" pet door in the wall from our laundry room to our garage (see attached pics). We are putting our cat's litter box in the garage inside a kennel that is directly accessible from the pet door. I bought the following Ideal Pet Products door:

with wall kit:

So... I've never cut through a wall before and just need some advice. I used a stud finder to locate studs. I plan to use a Sawzall to cut the rectangular hole on either side.... what do I need to consider? Thanks in advance for any pointers, warnings, advice, etc.!

oh'mike 11-08-2011 04:25 PM

The biggest concern is finding something that your stud finder couldn't see.

I'd mark the location with painters tape so no lines will be on the wall if you must shift the location.

Made an exploratory hole and get your hand in there and make sure the spot is clear--the either cut or move--

kwikfishron 11-08-2011 04:47 PM

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Be very careful even with the exploratory hole not to cut to deep.

A Sawzall is very unforgiving when it comes to wires and pipes.

Better yet, start with a utility knife until you can get a peek inside and know all's clear.

loneframer 11-08-2011 04:54 PM

The obvious thing to be aware of is that the garage/house demising wall should be a fire rated assembly. Installing a pet door will be a code violation.

justabovemaine 11-08-2011 04:57 PM

eventual patch
loneframer, if/when we sell the house, is a fire wall a fairly easy wall to patch up so it passes inspection?

oh'mike 11-08-2011 05:11 PM

Patching is the sames as any drywall--it must be patched with 5/8 fire stop drywall---

justabovemaine 11-26-2011 09:20 PM

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Finished! Thanks again for helpful feedback!

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