Hale Screen Mount Cat Door
This classic pet door fastens across the bottom and up one side of your screen frame for a more sturdy installation than doors supported by screen only. It is the most durable door designed specifically for screen doors and screen enclosures. Everything you need to install the Hale Cat Door for Screens is included.
Features of the Hale Screen Mount
- Clear vinvyl flap that's easy for smaller pets to use.
- Sleek aluminum trim comes in four colors to match your framing.
- Magnets around the flap edges help it stay closed on windy days.
- Flap is surrounded by ½" fuzzy nylon weather stripping to prevent gaps from letting bugs in.
- 5 year limited warranty.
Perfect Time for a Hale Screen Mount Door
- Small or timid pets ahve an easier time learning to use a Hale, since the flap is easy to open.
- Active or multiple pets need a sturdy pet door, otherwise they can tear your screen right out of your door!
- If you love a stylish product that's also built to last, the Hale Pet Door is perfect for you!
How to Order
When ordering a Hale Pet Screen Door it is very important that you follow these instructions regarding the drop-down choices carefully. Here are the notes you'll need:
- 'Screen Frame Thickness Option' - The Hale Pet Screen Door has various thickness options which are listed below:
- If your screen frame thickness is up to ½" but no less than 3⁄8", choose Under ½ inch. IF the frame is under 3⁄8", then the framing may not be sturdy enough to support the pet door. The manufacturer does not recommend this pet door for these instances.
- If the frame is over ½" and you would like the "universal" model, which fits most screen doors or windows over ½", choose Over ½ Universal.
- If the frame is over ½" and you would like the custom cut version, used mainly for situations such as screen porches or sidelights, where the "universal" model would not work, choose Over ½" Universal. In this case, Hale would actually trim off one of the flanges on the channel in order to accomodate very thick framing. This would be considered a custom special order and all returns would only receive a 50% credit.
- 'Spline on the Interior or Exterior' - If your frame thickness is the Over ½ Custom Cut Option you will have to choose whether the spline for your screen it located on the interior or the exterior. This is looking from the inside of the house looking out. Your pet door must be installed on the same side as the screen mesh and spline. The factory will ensure that the framing provided will accommodate that.
- 'Pet Door Installs in which Lower Corner' - For the Over ½ Custom Cut you will lastly need to specify whether you'll be installing the pet door in the lower left corner or the lower right corner of the screen frame when looking from the inside of the house to the outside.
If you have any questions about whether a Universal vs Custom Cut for over ½ frames will work, please email us photos to email@example.com. This way we will take a look and recommend what would be best for your situation.
Installation for Hale Pet Doors for Screens
Always wear eye protection and gloves when appropriate.
PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION.
The Hale Pet Door “Screen Pet Door” is designed to fit into one of the lower corners of a screen door frame or screen window frame that is ½” thick or less. In screen frames that are ½” thick or less the pet door is completely reversible and will fit into either corner of the screen frame. The purchaser must specify when ordering if their screen frame is thicker than ½” so modifications can be made at the factory to accommodate those frames. Once modifications are made at the factory the pet door is no longer reversible. This means that a “right” or “left” determination must be made at the point of order. This is done from the perspective of a person standing inside the screen and looking outward to determine on which side they wish to install the pet door; “right” or “left”.
Note: The Hale Pet Door™ screen model is not designed to work on security doors. A “door” model is much better choice for a security screen application.
Step 1: Before installation, be sure that you have the proper size pet door for your pet. If in doubt, larger is better. It may be harmful for your pet to use a pet door that is too small. A good general rule is to install the pet door so that the distance from the floor to the top of the passage opening is even or above the shoulder of your largest pet. If you have more than one pet, make sure the tallest pet has shoulder clearance and the shortest pet will not have to jump through the opening.
Step 2: Take a brief look at the large diagrams of the screen model at the end of the instructions and become familiar with various components of the screen model. This will not only help in understanding the terms used in these instructions but can be very useful should you need to call for technical support.
Step 3: Check the package you received to make sure that it contains all the necessary items.
Complete Kit includes:
|Instructions with drawing||Warranty|
|Hale Pet Door™ Screen Model||Screen Spline|
|5/8” #6 Phillips Head Screws||7/64” drill bit|
Tools you will need:
|Screen spline roller (handy but not necessary)||Drill|
|Phillips headed screwdriver||Razor blade|
|Flat headed screwdriver||Needle-nosed pliers (optional)|
Step 4: If the pet door has not already been factory modified for a certain position, determine which corner of the screen door is to be used for installing the pet door.
Step 5: Remove the screen window or door from its track. The screen door can generally be removed by lifting it upward and swinging the bottom inward. Occasionally the wheels will interfere with removal. In this case, the wheels will need to be lifted upward to clear the track.
Step 6: Lay the screen window or screen door on a flat surface with the screen spline facing upward
Step 7: Remove the screen spline (the ribbed rubber around the screen) from the installation corner. Needle-nosed pliers work very well for removing the screen spline or you can also carefully use a screwdriver at the corner to get started. If using a screwdriver, be careful not to cut into the spline or slice into the finish of the door frame.
HINT: Only remove the spline from the corner you will be working on, going a little bit farther than the finished size of the pet door. Leave the spline attached for the moment and just push or fold it out of the way.
After you have pulled up the spline, fold the screen material back only at the corner in which you want to install the pet door.
Step 8: Slide the pet door over the frame at the corner. Make sure the pet door is adjusted properly and operates smoothly while in position. It should be flush against both the bottom and side edges. If your screen model was not factory modified, there should be a U-shaped track that slides over the edge of your door frame. If your screen door is wider than ½” and your screen model was factory modified, there should be an L-shaped channel that rests on the top of your frame and allows the pet door to fit flush against the screen door frame.
Step 9: Drill through the sides and bottom of the inner pet door frame and screen frame with the 7/64” drill provided. Insert the #6 screws with a Phillips screwdriver. Be sure the screws will not interfere with the operation of the screen door.
Step 10: Lay the screen material over the pet door. Pull the screen material taut. To hold the screen fabric around the pet door, insert the screen spline with a flat headed screwdriver or screen spline roller.
NOTE: Depending on the size of your screen door and the pet door you are installing, you may be able to use the excess screen spline that is still attached to your screen door. Simply turn a 90° corner with both sides of the spline and press them into the pet door spline frame track until they meet. If there is not enough excess spline from your screen door or if you do not wish to use it, simply insert the screen spline that came with your pet door.
When installing the spline in the corner of the pet door unit, it may be necessary to cut a small diagonal slit up into the screen material in order to relieve the tension on the screen fabric and allow it to be pulled down into the spline frame track. NOTE: Be careful not to cut too far into your screen fabric or you will have a hole at the corner of your pet door. See the picture to the left for a close up of a correctly installed pet door.
Step 11: Cut away any excess screen spline with a razor blade or scissors. Cut away the excess screen material with a razor blade being careful not to cut into the screen spline or the finish of the pet door.
Step 12: Reinstall the screen door or screen window into its original position.
Step 13: After reinstalling the screen into a vertical position, adjust the magnets in the pet door upward or downward if needed. The magnets are pressure fitted and can be adjusted downward by tapping lightly with the handle of your screwdriver. They can be adjusted upward by twisting a flat headed screwdriver below the magnet between the magnet and frame. Be sure to adjust the magnets upward from the inside of the door so as not to mar the outer door finish.
Your installation is now completed. We hope you and your pet enjoy your HALE PET DOOR™ for years to come.
Q: For the Hale pet door, is the corner choice to install the pet door going to be the corner when looking from the outside?
A: No, when installing a screen pet door, you should specify the corner in which the door will go when looking from the inside of your home to the outside.
Q: What is the flap made of on the Hale?
A: The Hale Screen Mount Flap is made of Vinyl.
Q: I have a Hale Single Flap door, which flap mount should I choose, inside or outside?
A: For a Hale pet door single flap, you should select the outside flap.
Q: Why would I need the stabilizer bar for the Hale screen pet door?
A: The Screen Mount Stabilizer Bar Kit adds an additional support across the top of the pet door. This is necessary for larger, active dogs, as it will help the screen and dog door stay in good shape for as long as possible by providing extra support.
Q: What does it mean by "exterior" and "interior" for Hale screen pet doors?
A: For the Hale Door "Exterior" and "Interior" are referring to where the screening material is located in relation to the frame. If the screen material is installed closer to the inside of the frame, then it is considered "Interior". If the screen material is installed closer to the outer part of the frame, then it is considered "exterior". If your framing is thicker than ½” then this is very important because it will determine how the manufacturer will need to modify it so that it will install correctly.
Q: Why does Hale ask about so many options on the screen mounts?
A: There are many options for Hale Screen Doors because they are highly customizable, and they are very thorough about making sure they give you the right product. If the frame of the screen is over 1/2" in thickness, then it has to be modified.
Options that are brought up when selecting a Hale pet door screen mount:
1. 'Pet Door Installs in Which Lower Corner' - Specify whether you'll be installing the pet door in the lower left corner or the lower right corner of the screen when looking from the inside of the house to the outside. The terminology used by Hale is 'handing'. 'Handing Left' simply means that you'll be installing the pet door in the lower left-hand corner of the screen when looking from the inside of the house.
2. 'Customer Screen Frame Thickness Options' - The Hale pet screen door will be modified at the factory to fit varying thicknesses of your screen framing if necessary. Here are the various situations:
a. Your screen frame is thinner than 3/8". If you are considering a larger size or have a particularly vigorous dog, then your framing may not be sturdy enough and you might want to reconsider making this purchase. This option is not offered for that reason.
b. If your screen frame thickness is up to 1/2" choose option 1. No further information is needed.
c. If your screen frame thickness is over 1/2", choose the second option if your screen mesh and spline are located on the outside side of the screen frame-- 'exterior'--and the third option if they are located on the inside, or 'interior', side. Your pet door must be installed on the same side as the screen mesh and spline and the factory will ensure that the framing provided will accommodate that.
3. Hale Pet Door Screen Mount Stabilizer Bar Kit - A normal Hale pet screen door is supported down one side and across the bottom by your screen framing. The Screen Mount Stabilizer Bar Kit adds an additional support across the top of the pet door. We think this is a very good idea for larger sizes and more vigorous dogs. Available bar widths are 36" and 48". Choose the size at least as wide as your screen and then cut the bar with a hacksaw to fit. All fittings needed are included with the kit. To order this kit, please go to the Stabilizer Bar Kit page.
Q: Why can't I get a closing cover on my Hale Screen Mount?
A: There are no closing covers offered for the Hale Screen Mount because there is a theory that a locking cover might encourage a pet to paw through the screen in effort to get through since it can’t see through the cover.