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Old 11-11-2008, 01:23 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Hi everyone!

I've done a Google search and have not come up with a solution, so I'm turning to you guys to see if you've encountered -- and resolved -- such an issue...

I'd like to install a doggie door so that my guy can come and go into our fenced yard as he pleases. Of course, I'd "lock" it when I'm not home, so that he can't go out totally unsupervised, but that's not the problem.

The problem is that I have an inside door (solid) and, behind that, an outside storm door. The storm door has a section of screen that does NOT go all the way to the bottom.

Because I'm in CT where we have hot summers and cold winters, I can't just install the doggie door in the storm door, leaving the inside door open. The heat and/or AC bills will kill my husband! Nor do I want to wedge open the storm door all the time, since it will partially block my deck.

Sooooo.... do any of you have any ideas about how to handle the double door dilemma?

Also, do you know how much hot or cold air gets inside with the doggie flap being constantly pushed to let him in or out? (He's fickle and I'm sure there will be MAAAAANNNYYYY outings -- and innings -- per hour.)

Thanks!
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:10 PM
 
Location: California
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I'm not sure there is a solution! Unless you completely remove the screen door. Also, just as a FYI, becareful the size doggie door you install. We had a neighbor robbed and they went through the doggie door.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:27 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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I'm not sure there is a solution! Unless you completely remove the screen door. Also, just as a FYI, becareful the size doggie door you install. We had a neighbor robbed and they went through the doggie door.
Holy crap, ShelbyGirl1, I never thought of a PERSON coming IN through the doggie door. Kind of changes the priority of letting my dog crap whenever he darn well feels like it.
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:48 PM
 
Location: California
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LOL....definately something to think about!

It could also work in reverse. Many years ago we had a cat door going out to the garage....One day my son, who was then about 18mos went thru it...I watched him wiggle his way thru! After that we locked the door...but then he figured out how to unlock it....Needless to say, a new door was bought
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Old 11-11-2008, 02:56 PM
 
Location: Blackwater Park
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They make screen/storm doors with doggie doors in them. If you get one of them you mightcould just line up the doggie door on your entrance door to that one.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:02 PM
 
Location: Ladysmith,Wisconsin
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I built mine in the wall and got a doggie door for northern climates. I also made a chute attached to keep the cold out more as have 1 that will stand in it and keep open deciding is it to cold to go out!
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:23 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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ShelbyGirl1 -- OK, so that is so NOT funny! All these little things to think about while I'm only busy thinking about how my dog could have the best of all worlds...

Mike in TN -- oh!!! You mean so that the doggie door's inside is on the inside door but the outside is out the storm door, so that the doors are linked by the doggie door??? What a cool idea. Wait, though, my inside door opens in, and my storm door opens out... so that wouldn't work for me...

dreamhunter65 -- as much as I absolutely LOVE your idea, my husband is going to hate me for the expense, not to mention the labor that he'd have to put into it. Clearly, the dog is MY dog. I'd do it in a second if I had the skill to install such a thing.
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Old 11-11-2008, 03:33 PM
 
Location: California
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Maybe you could find something suitable here: Pet doors Used in Storm doors, pet doors, dog doors, cat doors
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Old 11-11-2008, 04:11 PM
 
Location: Montreal -> CT -> MA -> Montreal -> Ottawa
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Maybe you could find something suitable here: Pet doors Used in Storm doors, pet doors, dog doors, cat doors
Thanks ShelbyGirl1... I saw that site too when I Googled pet doors. The problem is simply that there are two doors and how to install a pet door when the inside door must be closed, as does the storm door. I'm going to get my husband to do some research, I think, since he'll be the one who has to do the installation.
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Old 11-11-2008, 10:01 PM
 
Location: California
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I was going to suggest something similar to Dreamhunter, but I can see where you're coming from about the expense. Thinking off-the-wall, could you put the door into a window screen? Not sure how big your dog is, but if you have a low-ish window, you could put doggy stairs up to it, or a chair or something. I've seen it for cats.
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