Fitting a Petflap
We recommend fitting a Petflap with silicone sealant, just as we do for the Ecoflap. If your door has panels please measure the door prior to purchase to see whether the Petflap can fit within one panel, or if not whether you’re happy with the Petflap cutting into a second panel.
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FITTING A PETFLAP – INSTRUCTIONS
Your Petflap fits into the door from outside, and is complemented with a sliding rear collar fitted from inside. This rear collar doesn’t have a structural functional but helps to keep the inside of your door neat.
The Petflap is designed to fit doors up to 70mm thick. If your door is significantly shallower than that you will have a protruding element of trunking after fitting a Petflap, but we find cats like to use this as a step as they go back and forth.
To ensure a snug weatherproof fit please read these fitting instructions and follow them carefully.
1. Preparing your door
If you already have a pet door fitted where you intend to fit your Petflap, remove it and clean up the aperture then follow the instructions from ‘Sizing’ below.
If this is the first pet door fitted into the door identify carefully where the Petflap is to go. Pet doors should be fitted towards the hinge side of a door rather than the handle side, and should sit between panels. Where possible avoid cutting into cross-door panels. Your door should be clean and dry before fitting the Petflap. Check that your door is level and flat. Silicone sealant can compensate for a slight distortions in the door.
The rear collar also acts as a template. Place it on the door ensuring it’s level – a blob of sticky tack or piece of tape can help at this stage. Carefully mark the inner square on the door then cut on the wide side of the mark. The Petflap tunnel will now slide through the hole. When you’re satisfied with the fit, you’re ready to fix the Petflap to the door.
3. Fitting a Petflap
When looking from the inside of the door, fit the Petflap with the locking mechanism in the top left hand corner. The Petflap should push through the hole from the external side of your door with the plate pushed flat against the door’s external surface
We recommend fixing your Petflap to the door with silicone sealant. With a little care the sealant can be removed if you need to move the Petflap. Apply sealant to the flat suface of the external front plate that will be pressed against the front door. Press the Petflap firmly against the door. Carefully do the same with the template, which now forms a rear cover for the inside. Take care to secure the main body of the Petflap so as to not to push the Petflap back through the hole when fitting the
collar plate. With a damp cloth, wipe away any excess sealant front and back.
Additional fitting options:
It is possible to further secure The Petflap to the door with coach bolts through the corners of the external surround and through the rear frame to clamp the Petflap in place. You may prefer to keep the clean lines of the external frame and use architectural adhesives instead of sealant.
After fitting a Petflap if it isn’t sitting as snugly shut as it should, run through the following:
- use a spirit level to check that your door is completely flat and level and that the Petflap hasn’t become warped by fitting to a slightly off-level door
- make sure there isn’t a build-up of dirt in the bottom jamb
- if your Petflap has been painted or covered ensure no paint or vinyl has got into any of the moving parts, forming an obstruction
This is a simple mechanical lock that can be locked open or shut. When training a pet to use the Petflap lock the flap slightly open giving the animal an understanding of how to open the flap. Once your pet is familiar with going in and out through the flap, return the lock to the open position for normal use, and lock it when preferred.
Painting your Petflap
Petflaps can be spray painted with Plasti-kote or covered in vinyl. When spray painting, ensure the Petflap is shut and its windows are covered with tape. Under no circumstances spray into the mechanism. The Petflap is not suitable for hand painting. Please note that we can’t accept for a return any Petflap that has been modified in any way.
Your Petflap will give you and your pets years of service with no more than a wipe down now and again. Pay particular attention to grit and dirt in the bottom jamb as a build-up can prevent the door closing snugly and giving you optimum draughtproofing.