The Hale "Standard" Patio Pet Door for Sliding Glass Doors
Hale is patterned after Pet-Eze Deluxe 81
The first really high quality patio panel pet door on the market was released by the Pet Eze company in the 1970's. This door, eventually called the 'Deluxe 81', required tools including a hacksaw for installation. But it was a beautiful product. Hale Pet Doors (formerly Hale Security Pet Doors) has essentially copied the Deluxe 81 in many respects but added their own flap assembly and locking cover in creating their Standard Patio Pet Door.
Installation (see detailed instruction sheet below)
Installation requires cutting the top of the panel and an 'adapter channel' with a hacksaw. Then the panel is fastened into the track with sheet metal screws. This 'semi-permanent' installation is required because the built-in locking mechanism mates to the 'adapter channel' that mounts to the edge of the pet door with sheet metal screws. This 'adapter channel', which also must be shortened with a hacksaw to fit, performs two functions. First, it provides something for the lock to mate to. Second, it provides a very good, air-tight seal down the full length of the sliding glass door.
Great "King Starboard" locking cover
King Starboard® is used in marine applications as well as security and other industrial applications and is designed to stand up to the harshest weather conditions. It is environmentally stabilized for harsh sun and will not rot, sweat, splinter or de-laminate when exposed to humidity or water. Its durable matte-textured surface on both sides is easy to clean and never needs refinishing. It has even passed the Federal Motor Vehicle Standard 302 fire test required for use in motor vehicles, including motor homes. This security cover will be included in a color designed to match the frame color you have chosen for your pet door.
High performance flap assembly
Most exciting, Hale has included a double flap for improved insulation value. This flap assembly consists of two flaps, both fully weather stripped as in the other Hale pet doors, and both with magnets to stand up against wind. The dead air-space between the two flaps provides for better insulation than a single flap alone.
We need two bits of information from you to order this Hale patio panel
This information is requested by the shopping cart:
- Carefully measure your track height. Hale will build the panel to any height (that's why it takes so long) but they need a correct measurement to begin with.
- Also, be sure you've indicated which direction your sliding door closes when on the inside looking out. Hale will mount the panel lock for you and it is not reversible.
Because these pet doors are built custom to your specification, returns will be allowed a 50% credit toward the purchase of a different Hale Pet Door.
There are quite a few details that might be important for you to think about in purchasing any panel pet door
- Begin with key points to get a quick overview of the most important issues.
- Then study the comparison chart and read the information on the patio panel FAQ page which cover the fine points of patio pet doors.
- All Hale pet doors come standard with "polar" flaps--a vinyl that is more flexible in cold weather than "regular" vinyl.
- Very flexible 'training' flaps may be ordered for pets who are initially resistant to pushing through the regular flaps.
- Important: Hale 'Standard' panels are not recommended for Anderson or Pella brand sliding glass doors.
Allow about three weeks for shipping from the factory plus 1-5 days transit time to you (Ground Delivery Only).
INSTALLING the Hale "Standard" Patio Pet Door for Sliding Glass Doors
Read Complete Instructions before Beginning
What you will need:
- Tape measure
- Electric Drill
- 1/64" drill bit (Included)
- #2 Phillips head screwdriver
- #6 sheet metal screws (Included)
- Insert panel unit
- Lock strip
- Lock unit
- Vinyl draftstopper
- Drill bit
1. Clean the glass in your patio door.
Clean the glass overlap before you install. After installation, you'll have to remove the patio panel to get at that glass for cleaning.
2. Decide if you want your insert panel on the sliding side or the stationary side of your sliding glass door.
It's easier to install on the sliding glass door side, but you may have to move alarm sensors if present. Installing on the stationary side will also allow you to continue to use a keyed lock as you exit the house through your sliding glass door.
3. Only if you are installing on the stationary side
You'll need to figure out how to unfasten the sliding glass door as they are not all held in place the same way. Look for securing screws or brackets. It's also possible that silicone caulking has been used to improve the seal.
4. Measure the door frame height inside the track very top to very bottom.
5. Mark the side rails of your insert panel and cut them to length using a jig saw with a metal-cutting blade. A hacksaw will work. Be sure to leave clearance so the panel can clear the rail wall and get into the track.
6. Place the panel into the track and see if it fits.
If installing on the stationary side, close the stationary panel up against the pet door and check for air gaps. If installing on the slid ing glass door side, close the slider up tight against the pet door panel and again check for air gaps. Any air gaps between the edge of the sliding glass door and the pet panel will be covered when the lock strip is installed.
If you see any air gaps you can close them by leaning the insert panel one way or the other. Alternatively, your sliding glass door probably has an adjustment on the leading wheel and by adjusting that wheel you can tilt the sliding door to better fit against the pet panel.
If necessary, apply foam-type weather strip (available at a hardware store) to the side rail of your pet door panel.
7. The insert panel should be held tightly against the door jamb lip to allow you to drill holes and screw the pet panel in place
If there is not enough of a lip to drill through, the pet panel can be fastened in place with silicone caulk.
The side rails of your pet panel are notched at the bottom so it can straddle the wheel track in the door jamb, but it does not have to do so! You might need to set the pet panel on top of the wheel track in order to pull it tight enough to fasten it to the jamb lip.
8. Once you are satisfied with the placement of your insert panel, it is time to screw it into place.
Use #6 sheet metal screws. Do not place the screws close to the glass. If a screw hits the pet door glass or the sliding glass door glass it will break. glass
9. If you are installing on the stationary side skip this step
The lock strip will be screwed to the leading edge of your slider. Be very careful installing the screws. If a screw hits glass the glass will break. The latch bar which mates to the lock on the pet panel must face the inside of the house.
11. Apply the vinyl weather strip (included) to the back edge of the slider or the front edge of the stationary panel.
This will eliminate any gaps created by overlapping glass.
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 is looking from the inside important when installing the Hale Standard?
A: The doggy door for sliding door lock is mounted when you order based upon which direction your door is going to close and it is NOT reversible. Since the return policy on this Hale custom door panel is pretty strict you want to make sure that it's right the first time.
Q: What is the return policy for the Hale Standard?
A: These dog doors are all built custom to your specifications, so returns will be allowed a 50% credit toward the purchase of a different Hale dog door.
Q: Does the Hale Standard have a locking mechanism when installed in a sliding door?
A: Yes, the panel comes with a locking mechanism that can be attached to your slider. The mechanism provided to lock your sliding glass door to the panel can be installed on the left or right depending on how your slider is configured. It consists of a lock mounted on the doggy door and a bracket mounted on the sliding glass door with sheet metal screws. With this the dog door would have to be semi-permanently installed. Alternatively, you can purchase a Charley Bar for added security.
It also comes with a locking cover for the flap if you need to close off the opening for the pet.
Q: Does the Hale Standard Patio Pet Door utilize double flaps?
A: Yes there are double flaps, and there are multiple magnets and weather stripping to help with insulation. If you need to buy Hale replacement flaps, you will need to purchase two because they are sold individually. One as an inside mount and one as an outside mount.
Q: How do I decide which direction my slider closes?
A: This needs to be done while you are on the inside of the house looking out. You do need to specify whether your slider closes to the left or to the right so that they can mount the lock correctly.