Wednesday, September 16, 2015

Doggie Door Solution

I wish we could have a doggie door for our high maintenance pooches.  We have a Shih-tzu and a Yorkie who love to go outside but never want to go outside at the same time!  I feel I am constantly up and down letting one of them in or out.  Something like this would be great......

 

But.....this won't work with our french doors which are the only doors that lead to our fenced in back yard. :( 

 

The only other option would be to cut through the wall beside our French doors and install one through the wall which would mean cutting through brick outside.  Not the easiest solutions.  So I will continue to let my doggies out 57 times a day.

 

One problem we had was that when they wanted back in they scratch at the door like they are on crack.  Which led to the bottom of our door looking like this:

 



 

 

 

Yuck. 

 

Well the hubby spend one Saturday morning painting the door and cleaning it up the best he could.  We had discussed many times how we needed a kick plate or something to protect the door/paint so it wouldn't get like this again.  But again, a problem, a kick plate is too tall to fit under the window in the french door.  After measuring we knew it wouldn't fit either lengthwise or even going up and down to the right of the window.  We talked about trying to have one custom made but never did. 

 

Then we were in Lowes one day and looked again at the kick plates to see if we could come up with a solution and saw this...

 

Gatehouse Satin Nickel Push Plate

 

 

It's a push plate instead of a kick plate.  Meant to be installed where you "push" open a door with your hand. (In case you don't know what a push plate is!)  It was just the right size to fit under the door's window.  Hubby installed it in the bottom right corner where the dogs scratch and so far the new paint job is still intact!

 

This is what it looks like after about six months of use....

 


 

The push plate has some scratches on it, but better it than the painted door.  When the dogs go all psycho crazy with their scratching, they also tear into the weather stripping.  We have learned to cut just enough of the torn strip out and cut a sized to fit piece out of a new strip instead of replacing the whole thing.  This way we get several replacements out of one long piece of weather stripping.  Not to mention that it is much easier to replace that small section than the whole door.

 

You may also notice in the first picture that there is a slight problem with the blinds. :)  Just a little crooked.  Or shall I say broken.  That door is used many times a day-mostly to let out the high maintence dogs-and after about 4 years the blinds bit the dust.

 

 

The broken blinds are enclosed blinds that we added on to the existing french doors.  In other words the blinds are between glass.  When we built our house we installed regular faux wood wide slat blinds over the french door windows.  And when the doors were opened and closed they would sway back and forth a little and make noise.  Annoying.  These add-ons are great!  They install over the window and can be easily taken off and put back on if needed.  This is good in case the blinds happen to get stuck or caught.

 

We open and closed them often as well as raise them all the way up.  And apparently we were a little too rough on them and they got to where they wouldn't lower all the way back down.  Hubby replaced these as well with a new one.  We got it at Lowes but I cannot for the life of me find it on their website!  But it was around $130 if I remember correctly for one side.  But here is what they look like....

 

 

 

Here is what we SHOULD have installed when we built the house-doors that come with the blinds built in.  Next time!

 

 

Blinds Between the Glass French Door-Benchmark by Therma-Tru


The doors and blinds are looking much better and hopefully this solution will last a while. 

 






 

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