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Fitting cat flap to upvc back door

Discussion in 'Windows and Doors' started by Jaffakake, 3 Oct 2007.

  1. Jaffakake

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    What is the internal construction of a upvc back door with some moulding on it? Can I just cut though it with a jigsaw and sculpt the moulding so that the cat flap frame will fit? Am I better trying to go through the wall instead?
     
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    if you have a moulded panel fitted to the door, then a cat flap may not be suitable as the profile will make fitting awkward.

    there is no reason why you can't have a plain flat replacement fitted. a cat flap could be installed into the panel before the panel is finally fixed into the door.
     
  3. Jaffakake

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    The whole central panel of the door is one, so to change it makes buying a new door better. I'm sure I could scuplt the edges of the panelling to fit a flap, but wasn't sure what the internal constructions was.
    Is it just UPVC?
    Would a jigsaw do it?
     
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    the construction is a laminate of plastic, plywood and foam or polystyrene insulation.

    a jigsaw will pi$$ through it.
     
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    Sorry to Hijack this post;
    I already have a flap installed but wish to put another one in.
    Unfortunately the new one is longer. I can probably cut the extra length with the panel in situ, but how will I cut accross to complete the opening?
     
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    You'll need to fit a tunnel to the cat flap, and have the openings standing proud of the door (past the profile). This should result in a fairly neat solution. Best bet is to replace the panel though with a flat one - or get rid of the cat.
     
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    Err not always, mine is plastic Steel plate, foam, plastic. Hard to cut through.
     
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    I wasn't responding to your "hijack" posting, it was to the OP's question :rolleyes:
     
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    If the jigsaw has a HSS blade fitted, it should go through all the layers - just make sure the panel is braced so it doesn't "flap" whilst cutting. Also protect the panel whilst cutting, or it'll mark very easily.
     
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    Well I think so as the cat flap can spoiled the appearance of the door and the wall cat tunnel can be hidden out of sight, behind sofa or curtain

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    I popped in to see a customer this afternoon, who I installed a cat-flap for last week - exact scenario as above, but I replaced the panel for her.

    The cat wouldn't use the flap though, that is until yesterday when next doors dog spooked it and caused it to "fly" through the flap. No problems since !.
     

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