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Hale Pet Doors for French Doors

Hale Pet Doors for French Doors

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Bronze (Very Dark Brown)
Brushed Aluminum
Arizona Beige
White

    • The most stylish and functional pet door for French Doors 
    • Sturdy aluminum Hale Dog Door framing available in four attractive colors
    • Clear, flexible flaps are easy for pets of all sizes to use, single or double available depending on your insulation needs 
    • Matching locking cover incorporates a pin lock for excellent security
    • The custom French door pet door will replace a pane of glass in your French Door 
    • An email will be sent to you requesting additional information for your order; it will take a few extra days to build your custom door
    • 16-18 business days shipping delay - tracking emailed when shipped

Product Details


Usually, when you purchase a pet door, you cut a hole in a door to fit the pet door. Sometimes, it's just the reverse: you already have a hole and you need a pet door made to fit the hole. Most often this situation comes up when someone wants French doors with dog door placement. If you want to remove a pane of glass and install a pet door in its place, this Hale French Door Pet Door is the perfect solution. Here are a few important things to consider: 

      • First, be sure these really are separate panes of glass. Some French doors are a large sheet of glass with wood facing to look like separate panes. That is a very different situation and not the best option for French doors with doggie doors.
      • Check that the resulting pet door will be large enough for your pet. You'll lose about two inches (actually, you lose 2 1/16" in width and 1 3/8" in height) in both dimensions. So, for example, if you measure that the opening available to you after removing the pane of glass is 8"w x 10"h, you end up with a flap dimension of about 6"w x 8"h. If necessary, you may need to remove more than one pane of glass. You can cut down into the wooden crosspiece to make the flap lower if necessary. Remember to actually measure your pet. Be sure you don't compromise the strength of the door, however. See below for more about measurements.
      • After you measure the opening horizontally and vertically, multiply the two numbers together to get a total square inches. So, if you've measured 10"x12" the result would be 120 square inches. Using this number you can see the range that you need to choose. The minimum rough-cut dimension is 7"x7".
      • Please note that the square inch ranges are only used for pricing purposes. The French door dog door is built to your exact dimensions; it is not adjustable. Please be sure that the height dimension and the width dimension, when multiplied, result in a number of square inches in the range that you specified.
      • In addition to your dimensions, the factory wants to know if your installation is for a French door or not. So, when you enter your dimensions, please note that as well. For example, you might type: "10"w x 12"h for French door".
      • The standard door thickness range is from 1 3/8" to 2". A dimension larger than 2" would normally be considered a wall unit. It can be factory modified to collapse to as small as ¾ gap (call customer service if you need this change 800-826-2871).
      • Do not add 'a little extra' for safety. The factory already does this. We've never had a properly-specified custom dimension door not fit.
      • Normally the locking cover slides straight down from the top and is secured by a steel deadbolt. If there is an obstruction above, you can add a 'side-load option' at no extra charge.
      • All Hale pet doors come standard with "polar" flaps--a vinyl that is more flexible in cold weather than "regular" vinyl. You can order Hale Replacement flaps if you need them. Very flexible 'training' flaps may be ordered for pets who are initially resistant to pushing through the regular flaps.

Size Chart

Square Inch Range (width x height)
0-64
65-88
89-136
137-170
171-210
211-252
253-304
305-345
346-367
368-522
 ***Returns on custom dimension doors will only be allowed a 50% credit***

If you have a rough cut out dimension but want to know the finished tip to tip (total outside frame dimension) here is how that is calculated:

Rough Cut Out Dimension Width + 1-1/4" = the Tip to Tip Measurement Width

Rough Cut out Dimension Height + 1-1/4" = the Tip to Tip Measurement Height

If you need a certain size flap dimension for your pets here is how to calculate what the rough cut out would need to be:

Flap Width + 2-1/16" = the Rough Cut Out Width

Flap Height + 1-3/8" = Rough Cut Out Height

Additional Information

Frame Material

Extruded Aluminum

Flap Material

Vinyl

Flap Colors

Clear

Flap Thickness

1/8

Warranty Period

5 years limited

Return Period

30 days

Locking Cover Material

Polycarbonate

Your Maximum Pet Size

Cats, Large Cats, Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Large Dogs, X-Large Dogs

Climate Suitability

Severe-4 Season, Temperate-3 Season

Flap Design

Single, Double, One Part, Flexible, Thin Flap

Ability to Lock Flap

Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Side, Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Top

Can Be Installed In

Aluminum Door, French Doors, Hollow Core Door, Metal Door, Solid Core Door, Steel Door, Walls

Sealing Value

High, Average

Wind Resistance

High, Average

Installation Instructions

French Door Model Pet Door Installation

Please read these instructions carefully and completely before attempting to install your pet door; they will guide you through the steps and precautions needed for a French door installation. Illustrations have been added to help our customers understand various instructions. Hale Pet Doors are designed for ease of installation and their self-framing design makes them ideal for French door installation. Any person with a working knowledge of power tools and basic home construction can install the Hale Pet Door™. It is important to note however, that the product warranty may be affected if returns have been modified in any way other than specified by these instructions. We cannot give credit for a door returned to us damaged.

A SAFETY REMINDER! Always wear eye protection and gloves when appropriate.

PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION.

NOTE REGARDING FRENCH DOORS: A "true French door" is a door with several individual panes of glass. There are also doors very much like a French door that have one big pane of glass called single lite doors. This model of pet door IS NOT usable for a single lite door. We do have an “in glass” model available in some areas for that type of door but it requires replacing the entire pane of glass. Some single-light doors are made to look like true French doors. If you are not sure, look for an engraved glazier’s mark in the corner of the panes. If there are many panes but only one glazier’s mark you are probably dealing with a single-light door. Take the time to make certain. Some single-light doors are almost indistinguishable from a true French door.

Also, whenever you install in a French door, consider whether or not the door handle would interfere with the operation of the security cover.

DETERMINE THE TYPE OF FRENCH DOOR INSTALLATION NEEDED: There are three types of French door installation. You will need to determine which type is right for your door before ordering. Use the information and second picture above to help determine what type of installation you need.

  • An F-1 consists of removing one pane of glass and installing a custom size pet door in that opening. This typically means first measuring for the door and installing after ordering a custom size door in the appropriate color. Measure the visible glass width by height. This is your rough opening (R.O.).
  • An F-2 consists of removing one pane of glass and cutting down or over (or both) into the body of the door. This can usually be done with an in-stock standard size Hale Pet Door.
  • An F-3 consists of removing one or more panes of glass and partially replacing one pane. We call this partial pane an infill. This will usually be done with clear acrylic (Plexiglas). This can be either a custom or standard size door but will also require additional materials (Plexiglas, or other infill material).

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 have shoulder clearance and the shortest pet will not have to jump through the opening. Make sure you have the proper size door for your application. Many French doors require a custom size pet door.

Step 2: Take a brief look at the full page illustration of the door model and become familiar with various components of the door 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 parts.

Complete Kit includes:

  • Instructions
  • Warranty
  • 7/64” drill bit
  • Hale Pet Door™ Door Model
  • Starboard Security Cover
  • 5/8” #6 Phillips Head Screws

Tools you might need:

  • Razor knife
  • 2 Putty Knives
  • Chisel
  • Flat Bar
  • Drill
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Level
  • Drop cloths
  • Circular saw with diamond blade
  • Finishing nail
  • Hammer

Step 4: Lay down drop cloths on both sides of the door for easier cleanup after installation.

NOTE: EACH OF THE THREE TYPES OF FRENCH DOOR INSTALLATION IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. FIND THE CORRECT SECTION FOR YOUR DOOR AND FOLLOW THOSE INSTRUCTIONS.

F-1 French Door Basic Installation

Step 5: First, find the removable molding that is holding the glass in the French door. (IF YOUR FRENCH DOOR DOESN’T HAVE REMOVABLE MOLDING, PLEASE CALL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR HELP). Removable molding can usually be identified by staples or nail heads. If the molding has been painted over or you can’t find staples or nails, try sliding a putty knife under the molding.

Step 6: After identifying the removable molding, with care, use a razor knife to cut along the back edge of the molding to free it from the door. This cuts the paint or finish on the door to allow for easier removal.

Step 7: Loosen the molding with a putty knife. To remove the molding, slide one putty knife under the molding. Slide the other putty knife on top of the first one. Slide a standard screwdriver, chisel, or flat bar between the putty knives and twist carefully. This should loosen the molding enough to use the chisel or screwdriver to pry the molding off. Be careful not to break the pane of glass.

Step 8: After removing all the necessary molding, make sure all the nails or staples have been removed and push the glass out carefully. The glass is usually glued in place, but with patience and care, it can usually be removed without breaking. Loosen it from the outside by going around it with a putty knife or other appropriate tool. Then use a putty knife, chisel, or screwdriver to pry the glass out. Save the glass and molding for re-installation later if desired. It is a good idea to wrap the removed pane of glass in cardboard and tape it closed. Tape the removed molding to the cardboard and label the cardboard (i..e. glass from dining room French door).

Step 9: Separate the pet door into its two halves. Place the inner frame of the pet door (the side with the security cover tracks) in the rough opening from the inside of the house. Install the outer frame on the outside of the door to sleeve together to the inner frame. You should be able to snap the two frames together.

Optional Step: If you choose to use the raincap for your door installation, attach it to the outer frame as shown in the graphic and picture to the left. It should simply hook onto the top of the outer frame. Then snap the frames together as stated above in Step 9.

Step 10: Using the pre-drilled pilot holes in the pet door frame and the supplied drill bit, drill one hole into the French door with the supplied drill bit through the inside edge of the outside frame at the bottom. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BUMP ANY OTHER PANES OF GLASS WITH THE DRILL BIT. Insert and loosely tighten one screw. Make sure the door is level and adjust if needed. When door is level, tighten the inserted screw and repeat drilling and inserting the rest of the screws in the pet door frame.

Step 11: The King Starboard® security cover will slide easily into place in the built in frame and can be easily locked and unlocked with the positive action pin bolt lock. Remove the drop cloths and clean up the area.

F-2 French Door Basic Installation

Step 5: First, find the removable molding that is holding the glass in the French door. (IF THE FRENCH DOOR DOESN'T HAVE REMOVABLE MOLDING, PLEASE CALL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR HELP). Removable molding can usually be identified by staples or nail heads. If the molding has been painted over or you can't find staples or nails, try sliding a putty knife under the molding.

Step 6: After identifying the removable molding, with care, use a razor knife to cut along the back edge of the molding to free it from the door. This cuts the paint or finish on the door to allow for easier removal.

Step 7: Loosen the molding with a putty knife. To remove the molding, slide one putty knife under the molding. Slide the other putty knife on top of the first one. Slide a standard screwdriver, chisel, or flat bar between the putty knives and twist carefully. This should loosen the molding enough to use the chisel or screwdriver to pry the molding off. Be careful not to break the pane of glass.

Step 8: Mark the body of the French door where you will be cutting. Do NOT cut closer than four inches from the side or bottom of door (some doors require leaving even more wood than this). Doing so will structurally weaken the door.

Step 9: Drill out the corners first and then finish cutting out the rough opening. Since you ordered a custom size pet door, use those same numbers when marking and cutting.

Step 10: Separate the pet door into its two halves. Place the inner frame of the pet door (the side with the security cover tracks) in the rough opening from the inside of the house. Install the outer frame on the outside of the door to sleeve together to the inner frame. You should be able to snap the two frames together.

Optional Step: If you choose to use the raincap for your door installation, attach it to the outer frame as shown in the graphic and picture to the left. It should simply hook onto the top of the outer frame. Then snap the frames together as stated above in Step 10.

Step 11: Using the pre-drilled pilot holes in the pet door frame and the supplied drill bit, drill one hole into the French door with the supplied drill bit through the inside edge of the outside frame at the bottom. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BUMP ANY OTHER PANES OF GLASS WITH THE DRILL BIT. Insert and loosely tighten one screw. Make sure the door is level and adjust if needed. When door is level, tighten the inserted screw and repeat drilling and inserting the rest of the screws in the pet door frame.

Step 12: The King Starboard® security cover will slide easily into place in the built in frame and can be easily locked and unlocked with the positive action pin bolt lock. Remove the drop cloths and clean up the area.

F-3 French Door Basic Installation

Step 5: Remove the molding and glass as in steps 5 through 7 of an F-1 Installation. If you remove more than one pane of glass, cut out the divider between the panes. To do this, cut almost all the way through from one side. Then bring the saw around from the other side to prevent breaking the divider.

Step 6: If you will be cutting into the body of the French door, mark the door where you will be cutting and cut out the rough opening. Do NOT cut closer than four inches from the side or bottom of door (some doors require leaving even more wood than this). Doing so will structurally weaken the door.

Step 7: You should now have your square rough opening cut to size as well as the extra hole above or to the side of the rough opening for your piece of acrylic or Plexiglas. Place the acrylic into the opening and mark where you will need to cut it. Do not remove the protective paper from the acrylic yet! Make sure all cutting and fitting is done before removing the paper as Plexiglas can scratch easily. Cut the acrylic and place it in the French door. Once you have achieved a good fit, carefully remove the paper and put the acrylic back into place.

Step 8: Separate the pet door into its two halves. Put the pet door in place. Place the inner frame of the pet door (the side with the security cover tracks) in the rough opening from the inside of the house. Install the outer frame on the outside of the door to sleeve together to the inner frame. You should be able to snap the two frames.

Optional Step: If you choose to use the raincap for your door installation, attach it to the outer frame as shown in the graphic and picture to the left. It should simply hook onto the top of the outer frame. Then snap the frames together as stated above in Step 8.

Step 9:Using the pre-drilled pilot holes in the pet door frame and the supplied drill bit, drill one hole through the inside edge of the outside frame at the bottom. Insert and loosely tighten one screw to hold it in place. Make sure the door is level and adjust if needed. Measure carefully and cut the molding to fit. Put molding around the acrylic to hold it in place. When nailing the molding back into the door, place paper or cardboard over the acrylic to protect it from the hammer.

Step 10: After molding is installed, tighten the inserted screw and repeat drilling and inserting the rest of the screws in the pet door frame.

Step 11:The King Starboard® security cover will slide easily into place in the built in frame and can be easily locked and unlocked with the positive action pin bolt lock. Remove the drop cloths and clean up the area.

Problem Solving

A word of caution

  • French doors are often wood that has been stained and varnished. When cutting into a door like this it is a very good idea to draw a second line around your rough opening about 1/8” outside it. Before cutting out the rough opening, score the outside line with a utility knife. This way, if the wood splinters while you are cutting the R.O. it will stop at the scored line.

Trying to remove that much of the door would either structurally weaken the door or you would have to cut the mullion so they would fit almost perfectly to the pet door's interlocking flange, then screw through the flange into the mullions from inside the pet door. This would still be a very weak installation.

FAQ

How do I measure square inch range?

Multiply the width by the height of the hole you are installing it in.

What is the thickness range for this door?

The thickness range is 1 9/32" to 2". Any dimension larger than 2" would be the Hale Custom Wall Mount. Any dimension smaller (up to 3/4") is possible, but you would need to call customer service (800-826-2871)

Can this be used for French doors?

Yes, since they don't make French door inserts like they do for the patio sliding doors. However, make sure that your French door actually has separate panes of glass. If it is just a large sheet of glass, it's a different situation that should be avoided if possible. Also one thing to keep in mind is that French doors with dog doors tend to have much higher step overs so they may not be the best for very small dogs.

My French door is a single pane. What now?

We would recommend the Hale Through the Glass Door instead.

I want a French door doggie door, but my door has dual pane glass - what should I do?

You can have your glass replaced with a Pet Door Guys Insulated Glass Unit. The new glass will not have grids.

Can I return this?

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. The PetDoors.com return policy applies in respect to time limits only.

How do I get a Hale replacement flap for my French door with doggie door?

Since you have custom dimension what we would need to know is the tip-to-tip measurement of the outside frame.

What is the minimum rough cut out dimension?

7"w x 7"h

Does this come with a locking cover?

Yes, all door units come with a 1/4" thick high density polyethylene Starboard closing cover.

What are the total outside dimensions of the door?

To figure out how large the outside frame is you take the Rough Cut Out Dimension + 1 1/4" = Tip to Tip Measurement

How do I figure out the flap dimensions?

To figure out what the final flap dimension for your pet would be you take the Rough Cut Out Width - 2 1/16" = Flap Width Rough Cut Out Height -1 3/8" = Flap Height

Do I have to use a custom door?

The dog doors for sale off the shelf are often not the correct dimensions to fit into the door once the glass pane is removed. This is why many customers have to go custom. but it you can make a standard pet door fit you're one of the very lucky ones.

Is this good for weather resistance?

The Hale is great for insulation if you are using it for an exterior door with a dog door application. You can get the double flap for even better wind and weather protection.

Dimensions of doors?

We do have to ask for the exact rough cut out (hole you would be left with to install the pet door). This can be the measurement of the width and height of a cut out in a regular door, or the opening you are left with once you take out the glass.

Is this an entire French door with dog door built in?

We don't carry French doors for patio with a doggie door built in. So you would have to have an existing French door or purchase a new one separately.

Can this pet door be installed in double French doors?

If you want to have double French doors with doggie door, it is possible. Most homeowners choose the non-operational or rarely used side to install the pet door. All other topics addressed on this page apply to the installation.

Is this the entire door?

This is not the entire French door with dog door built in, it is only the pet door. We don't sell the entire French doors with built in dog door.

What is the largest French door with pet door?

You will use your existing French door and install a custom made pet door. The largest size will depend on how many glass panels you remove. The largest possible size is 522 square inches.

We have double French doors - should we install this on the one we use or the stationary one?

We recommend that you place it on the stationary side. If you need to put a step or ramp on either side it will not interfere with you using the operational French door.

Can I buy French doors for patio with a doggie door built in?

In traditional French Doors with individual panes of glass, you can purchase a Custom Dimension Dog door for French door and install it into your existing door.

Is this my only option for a French door insert?

Depending on the type of glass you have you could replace the entire unit with a glass piece that had a pet door already installed into it. This would be the best dog door in glass French door option if you did have individual panes of glass.

Do I have to install these dog doors for glass French doors in just a French door or can I put them in sliders?

We have the pet door guys through glass units if you find that you want to put it through a French door and not actually as dog door for glass French door applications. This would involve removing your existing glass and replacing it with a piece that had a doggie door for French door installed into it for you.

Warranty

Hale Pet Door 5 Year Limited No Fault Warranty

All parts—including flaps—and labor.

Thank you for doing business with Hale Pet Door™. We are sure you will receive years of excellent service with your purchase. If the product does not meet your expectations, please contact our office for return authorization and return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund of the purchase price. Be sure to pack the product well as we can only give 50% credit for a damaged pet door.

HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. guarantees and warrants, subject to the conditions and restrictions stated below, that the Hale Pet Door™ products and component parts thereof, purchased from HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. shall be free from any defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty period for all Hale Pet Door™ model pet doors is effective from the date of purchase and extends to the anniversary date marking the end of the fifth year. We agree to exchange or repair at our expense, F.O.B. our plant or warehouse any unit found to be defective in workmanship and/or material, subject to plant inspection. (See notes A and B below).

1st year – 100% of all parts and labor; 2nd year – 50% of all parts and labor; 3rd year – 40% of all parts and labor; 4th year – 30% of all parts and labor; 5th year – 20% of all parts and labor.

This warranty does not include shipping to HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. or any field service labor unless the product was installed by Hale Pet Door™.

A-Glass Breakage: We use fully tempered glass of the greatest quality and strength available for each application. It also meets or exceeds all safety glazing laws and codes in the United States. Even tempered glass will break on occasion, but it is very rare. When there is a breakage of glass for whatever reason, within the FIRST YEAR, we will replace the unit for 50% of the current total price. There is no warranty on the glass after the first year.

B-Parts Damaged by Misuse or Neglect: HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. will pay 20% of the cost of the current list price of parts and labor. No reimbursement shall be greater than the price of the replacement part.

C-Omni Oversize Panels: This application is not recommended. Therefore, we will only warranty 50% of the cost of the panel for the first year. However, the pet door itself is covered per our standard warranty.

HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. will credit 50% towards the cost of a replacement Hale Pet Door™ that was damaged due to mis-cutting, mismeasuring, or any other damage due to no fault of HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. will not accept any responsibility beyond 50% if the damage is due to no fault of HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. reserves the right to inspect any and all products before honoring any claim.



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01/31/2021
Jessica W.
Excellent purchase for a French Door!

After much research I bought this pet door for my cats, so they could go in and out to my screened porch on their own without me having to let them out or constantly leave the door open in the Louisiana heat. I only wish I had done it sooner! I had a friend do the installation since I am not very handy with that sort of thing and he had it done in about an hour. We had it installed in the stationary part of the frame that doesn't open, not in the door itself. It's very durable and blends in nicely. I got the single flap since we don't have too intense cold around here. My custom measurement was 84 square inches, and I have 4 cats of different sizes (largest is 16 lbs) and they all fit through very easily. It took them about a week to get used to it and go through on their own, with training and treats as I would hold the flap open and coax them through. The door came with install instructions and a little awning for the outside (if needed). It's been perfect and the cats love it!

Hale Pet Doors for French Doors

Bronze (Very Dark Brown) / Single Flap / 0-64 Edit

A Hale Pet Door with a clear flap and a white frame installed into the glass of  a white French door.

Size Chart

Square Inch Range (width x height)
0-64
65-88
89-136
137-170
171-210
211-252
253-304
305-345
346-367
368-522
 ***Returns on custom dimension doors will only be allowed a 50% credit***

If you have a rough cut out dimension but want to know the finished tip to tip (total outside frame dimension) here is how that is calculated:

Rough Cut Out Dimension Width + 1-1/4" = the Tip to Tip Measurement Width

Rough Cut out Dimension Height + 1-1/4" = the Tip to Tip Measurement Height

If you need a certain size flap dimension for your pets here is how to calculate what the rough cut out would need to be:

Flap Width + 2-1/16" = the Rough Cut Out Width

Flap Height + 1-3/8" = Rough Cut Out Height

Frame Material

Extruded Aluminum

Flap Material

Vinyl

Flap Colors

Clear

Flap Thickness

1/8

Warranty Period

5 years limited

Return Period

30 days

Locking Cover Material

Polycarbonate

Your Maximum Pet Size

Cats, Large Cats, Small Dogs, Medium Dogs, Large Dogs, X-Large Dogs

Climate Suitability

Severe-4 Season, Temperate-3 Season

Flap Design

Single, Double, One Part, Flexible, Thin Flap

Ability to Lock Flap

Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Side, Separate Locking Cover-Loads from Top

Can Be Installed In

Aluminum Door, French Doors, Hollow Core Door, Metal Door, Solid Core Door, Steel Door, Walls

Sealing Value

High, Average

Wind Resistance

High, Average

Installation Instructions

French Door Model Pet Door Installation

Please read these instructions carefully and completely before attempting to install your pet door; they will guide you through the steps and precautions needed for a French door installation. Illustrations have been added to help our customers understand various instructions. Hale Pet Doors are designed for ease of installation and their self-framing design makes them ideal for French door installation. Any person with a working knowledge of power tools and basic home construction can install the Hale Pet Door™. It is important to note however, that the product warranty may be affected if returns have been modified in any way other than specified by these instructions. We cannot give credit for a door returned to us damaged.

A SAFETY REMINDER! Always wear eye protection and gloves when appropriate.

PLEASE READ ALL INSTRUCTIONS COMPLETELY BEFORE BEGINNING INSTALLATION.

NOTE REGARDING FRENCH DOORS: A "true French door" is a door with several individual panes of glass. There are also doors very much like a French door that have one big pane of glass called single lite doors. This model of pet door IS NOT usable for a single lite door. We do have an “in glass” model available in some areas for that type of door but it requires replacing the entire pane of glass. Some single-light doors are made to look like true French doors. If you are not sure, look for an engraved glazier’s mark in the corner of the panes. If there are many panes but only one glazier’s mark you are probably dealing with a single-light door. Take the time to make certain. Some single-light doors are almost indistinguishable from a true French door.

Also, whenever you install in a French door, consider whether or not the door handle would interfere with the operation of the security cover.

DETERMINE THE TYPE OF FRENCH DOOR INSTALLATION NEEDED: There are three types of French door installation. You will need to determine which type is right for your door before ordering. Use the information and second picture above to help determine what type of installation you need.

  • An F-1 consists of removing one pane of glass and installing a custom size pet door in that opening. This typically means first measuring for the door and installing after ordering a custom size door in the appropriate color. Measure the visible glass width by height. This is your rough opening (R.O.).
  • An F-2 consists of removing one pane of glass and cutting down or over (or both) into the body of the door. This can usually be done with an in-stock standard size Hale Pet Door.
  • An F-3 consists of removing one or more panes of glass and partially replacing one pane. We call this partial pane an infill. This will usually be done with clear acrylic (Plexiglas). This can be either a custom or standard size door but will also require additional materials (Plexiglas, or other infill material).

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 have shoulder clearance and the shortest pet will not have to jump through the opening. Make sure you have the proper size door for your application. Many French doors require a custom size pet door.

Step 2: Take a brief look at the full page illustration of the door model and become familiar with various components of the door 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 parts.

Complete Kit includes:

  • Instructions
  • Warranty
  • 7/64” drill bit
  • Hale Pet Door™ Door Model
  • Starboard Security Cover
  • 5/8” #6 Phillips Head Screws

Tools you might need:

  • Razor knife
  • 2 Putty Knives
  • Chisel
  • Flat Bar
  • Drill
  • Reciprocating saw
  • Level
  • Drop cloths
  • Circular saw with diamond blade
  • Finishing nail
  • Hammer

Step 4: Lay down drop cloths on both sides of the door for easier cleanup after installation.

NOTE: EACH OF THE THREE TYPES OF FRENCH DOOR INSTALLATION IS SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT. FIND THE CORRECT SECTION FOR YOUR DOOR AND FOLLOW THOSE INSTRUCTIONS.

F-1 French Door Basic Installation

Step 5: First, find the removable molding that is holding the glass in the French door. (IF YOUR FRENCH DOOR DOESN’T HAVE REMOVABLE MOLDING, PLEASE CALL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR HELP). Removable molding can usually be identified by staples or nail heads. If the molding has been painted over or you can’t find staples or nails, try sliding a putty knife under the molding.

Step 6: After identifying the removable molding, with care, use a razor knife to cut along the back edge of the molding to free it from the door. This cuts the paint or finish on the door to allow for easier removal.

Step 7: Loosen the molding with a putty knife. To remove the molding, slide one putty knife under the molding. Slide the other putty knife on top of the first one. Slide a standard screwdriver, chisel, or flat bar between the putty knives and twist carefully. This should loosen the molding enough to use the chisel or screwdriver to pry the molding off. Be careful not to break the pane of glass.

Step 8: After removing all the necessary molding, make sure all the nails or staples have been removed and push the glass out carefully. The glass is usually glued in place, but with patience and care, it can usually be removed without breaking. Loosen it from the outside by going around it with a putty knife or other appropriate tool. Then use a putty knife, chisel, or screwdriver to pry the glass out. Save the glass and molding for re-installation later if desired. It is a good idea to wrap the removed pane of glass in cardboard and tape it closed. Tape the removed molding to the cardboard and label the cardboard (i..e. glass from dining room French door).

Step 9: Separate the pet door into its two halves. Place the inner frame of the pet door (the side with the security cover tracks) in the rough opening from the inside of the house. Install the outer frame on the outside of the door to sleeve together to the inner frame. You should be able to snap the two frames together.

Optional Step: If you choose to use the raincap for your door installation, attach it to the outer frame as shown in the graphic and picture to the left. It should simply hook onto the top of the outer frame. Then snap the frames together as stated above in Step 9.

Step 10: Using the pre-drilled pilot holes in the pet door frame and the supplied drill bit, drill one hole into the French door with the supplied drill bit through the inside edge of the outside frame at the bottom. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BUMP ANY OTHER PANES OF GLASS WITH THE DRILL BIT. Insert and loosely tighten one screw. Make sure the door is level and adjust if needed. When door is level, tighten the inserted screw and repeat drilling and inserting the rest of the screws in the pet door frame.

Step 11: The King Starboard® security cover will slide easily into place in the built in frame and can be easily locked and unlocked with the positive action pin bolt lock. Remove the drop cloths and clean up the area.

F-2 French Door Basic Installation

Step 5: First, find the removable molding that is holding the glass in the French door. (IF THE FRENCH DOOR DOESN'T HAVE REMOVABLE MOLDING, PLEASE CALL TECHNICAL SUPPORT FOR HELP). Removable molding can usually be identified by staples or nail heads. If the molding has been painted over or you can't find staples or nails, try sliding a putty knife under the molding.

Step 6: After identifying the removable molding, with care, use a razor knife to cut along the back edge of the molding to free it from the door. This cuts the paint or finish on the door to allow for easier removal.

Step 7: Loosen the molding with a putty knife. To remove the molding, slide one putty knife under the molding. Slide the other putty knife on top of the first one. Slide a standard screwdriver, chisel, or flat bar between the putty knives and twist carefully. This should loosen the molding enough to use the chisel or screwdriver to pry the molding off. Be careful not to break the pane of glass.

Step 8: Mark the body of the French door where you will be cutting. Do NOT cut closer than four inches from the side or bottom of door (some doors require leaving even more wood than this). Doing so will structurally weaken the door.

Step 9: Drill out the corners first and then finish cutting out the rough opening. Since you ordered a custom size pet door, use those same numbers when marking and cutting.

Step 10: Separate the pet door into its two halves. Place the inner frame of the pet door (the side with the security cover tracks) in the rough opening from the inside of the house. Install the outer frame on the outside of the door to sleeve together to the inner frame. You should be able to snap the two frames together.

Optional Step: If you choose to use the raincap for your door installation, attach it to the outer frame as shown in the graphic and picture to the left. It should simply hook onto the top of the outer frame. Then snap the frames together as stated above in Step 10.

Step 11: Using the pre-drilled pilot holes in the pet door frame and the supplied drill bit, drill one hole into the French door with the supplied drill bit through the inside edge of the outside frame at the bottom. BE CAREFUL NOT TO BUMP ANY OTHER PANES OF GLASS WITH THE DRILL BIT. Insert and loosely tighten one screw. Make sure the door is level and adjust if needed. When door is level, tighten the inserted screw and repeat drilling and inserting the rest of the screws in the pet door frame.

Step 12: The King Starboard® security cover will slide easily into place in the built in frame and can be easily locked and unlocked with the positive action pin bolt lock. Remove the drop cloths and clean up the area.

F-3 French Door Basic Installation

Step 5: Remove the molding and glass as in steps 5 through 7 of an F-1 Installation. If you remove more than one pane of glass, cut out the divider between the panes. To do this, cut almost all the way through from one side. Then bring the saw around from the other side to prevent breaking the divider.

Step 6: If you will be cutting into the body of the French door, mark the door where you will be cutting and cut out the rough opening. Do NOT cut closer than four inches from the side or bottom of door (some doors require leaving even more wood than this). Doing so will structurally weaken the door.

Step 7: You should now have your square rough opening cut to size as well as the extra hole above or to the side of the rough opening for your piece of acrylic or Plexiglas. Place the acrylic into the opening and mark where you will need to cut it. Do not remove the protective paper from the acrylic yet! Make sure all cutting and fitting is done before removing the paper as Plexiglas can scratch easily. Cut the acrylic and place it in the French door. Once you have achieved a good fit, carefully remove the paper and put the acrylic back into place.

Step 8: Separate the pet door into its two halves. Put the pet door in place. Place the inner frame of the pet door (the side with the security cover tracks) in the rough opening from the inside of the house. Install the outer frame on the outside of the door to sleeve together to the inner frame. You should be able to snap the two frames.

Optional Step: If you choose to use the raincap for your door installation, attach it to the outer frame as shown in the graphic and picture to the left. It should simply hook onto the top of the outer frame. Then snap the frames together as stated above in Step 8.

Step 9:Using the pre-drilled pilot holes in the pet door frame and the supplied drill bit, drill one hole through the inside edge of the outside frame at the bottom. Insert and loosely tighten one screw to hold it in place. Make sure the door is level and adjust if needed. Measure carefully and cut the molding to fit. Put molding around the acrylic to hold it in place. When nailing the molding back into the door, place paper or cardboard over the acrylic to protect it from the hammer.

Step 10: After molding is installed, tighten the inserted screw and repeat drilling and inserting the rest of the screws in the pet door frame.

Step 11:The King Starboard® security cover will slide easily into place in the built in frame and can be easily locked and unlocked with the positive action pin bolt lock. Remove the drop cloths and clean up the area.

Problem Solving

A word of caution

  • French doors are often wood that has been stained and varnished. When cutting into a door like this it is a very good idea to draw a second line around your rough opening about 1/8” outside it. Before cutting out the rough opening, score the outside line with a utility knife. This way, if the wood splinters while you are cutting the R.O. it will stop at the scored line.

Trying to remove that much of the door would either structurally weaken the door or you would have to cut the mullion so they would fit almost perfectly to the pet door's interlocking flange, then screw through the flange into the mullions from inside the pet door. This would still be a very weak installation.

FAQ

How do I measure square inch range?

Multiply the width by the height of the hole you are installing it in.

What is the thickness range for this door?

The thickness range is 1 9/32" to 2". Any dimension larger than 2" would be the Hale Custom Wall Mount. Any dimension smaller (up to 3/4") is possible, but you would need to call customer service (800-826-2871)

Can this be used for French doors?

Yes, since they don't make French door inserts like they do for the patio sliding doors. However, make sure that your French door actually has separate panes of glass. If it is just a large sheet of glass, it's a different situation that should be avoided if possible. Also one thing to keep in mind is that French doors with dog doors tend to have much higher step overs so they may not be the best for very small dogs.

My French door is a single pane. What now?

We would recommend the Hale Through the Glass Door instead.

I want a French door doggie door, but my door has dual pane glass - what should I do?

You can have your glass replaced with a Pet Door Guys Insulated Glass Unit. The new glass will not have grids.

Can I return this?

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. The PetDoors.com return policy applies in respect to time limits only.

How do I get a Hale replacement flap for my French door with doggie door?

Since you have custom dimension what we would need to know is the tip-to-tip measurement of the outside frame.

What is the minimum rough cut out dimension?

7"w x 7"h

Does this come with a locking cover?

Yes, all door units come with a 1/4" thick high density polyethylene Starboard closing cover.

What are the total outside dimensions of the door?

To figure out how large the outside frame is you take the Rough Cut Out Dimension + 1 1/4" = Tip to Tip Measurement

How do I figure out the flap dimensions?

To figure out what the final flap dimension for your pet would be you take the Rough Cut Out Width - 2 1/16" = Flap Width Rough Cut Out Height -1 3/8" = Flap Height

Do I have to use a custom door?

The dog doors for sale off the shelf are often not the correct dimensions to fit into the door once the glass pane is removed. This is why many customers have to go custom. but it you can make a standard pet door fit you're one of the very lucky ones.

Is this good for weather resistance?

The Hale is great for insulation if you are using it for an exterior door with a dog door application. You can get the double flap for even better wind and weather protection.

Dimensions of doors?

We do have to ask for the exact rough cut out (hole you would be left with to install the pet door). This can be the measurement of the width and height of a cut out in a regular door, or the opening you are left with once you take out the glass.

Is this an entire French door with dog door built in?

We don't carry French doors for patio with a doggie door built in. So you would have to have an existing French door or purchase a new one separately.

Can this pet door be installed in double French doors?

If you want to have double French doors with doggie door, it is possible. Most homeowners choose the non-operational or rarely used side to install the pet door. All other topics addressed on this page apply to the installation.

Is this the entire door?

This is not the entire French door with dog door built in, it is only the pet door. We don't sell the entire French doors with built in dog door.

What is the largest French door with pet door?

You will use your existing French door and install a custom made pet door. The largest size will depend on how many glass panels you remove. The largest possible size is 522 square inches.

We have double French doors - should we install this on the one we use or the stationary one?

We recommend that you place it on the stationary side. If you need to put a step or ramp on either side it will not interfere with you using the operational French door.

Can I buy French doors for patio with a doggie door built in?

In traditional French Doors with individual panes of glass, you can purchase a Custom Dimension Dog door for French door and install it into your existing door.

Is this my only option for a French door insert?

Depending on the type of glass you have you could replace the entire unit with a glass piece that had a pet door already installed into it. This would be the best dog door in glass French door option if you did have individual panes of glass.

Do I have to install these dog doors for glass French doors in just a French door or can I put them in sliders?

We have the pet door guys through glass units if you find that you want to put it through a French door and not actually as dog door for glass French door applications. This would involve removing your existing glass and replacing it with a piece that had a doggie door for French door installed into it for you.

Warranty

Hale Pet Door 5 Year Limited No Fault Warranty

All parts—including flaps—and labor.

Thank you for doing business with Hale Pet Door™. We are sure you will receive years of excellent service with your purchase. If the product does not meet your expectations, please contact our office for return authorization and return it within 30 days of purchase for a full refund of the purchase price. Be sure to pack the product well as we can only give 50% credit for a damaged pet door.

HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. guarantees and warrants, subject to the conditions and restrictions stated below, that the Hale Pet Door™ products and component parts thereof, purchased from HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. shall be free from any defects in materials and workmanship. The warranty period for all Hale Pet Door™ model pet doors is effective from the date of purchase and extends to the anniversary date marking the end of the fifth year. We agree to exchange or repair at our expense, F.O.B. our plant or warehouse any unit found to be defective in workmanship and/or material, subject to plant inspection. (See notes A and B below).

1st year – 100% of all parts and labor; 2nd year – 50% of all parts and labor; 3rd year – 40% of all parts and labor; 4th year – 30% of all parts and labor; 5th year – 20% of all parts and labor.

This warranty does not include shipping to HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. or any field service labor unless the product was installed by Hale Pet Door™.

A-Glass Breakage: We use fully tempered glass of the greatest quality and strength available for each application. It also meets or exceeds all safety glazing laws and codes in the United States. Even tempered glass will break on occasion, but it is very rare. When there is a breakage of glass for whatever reason, within the FIRST YEAR, we will replace the unit for 50% of the current total price. There is no warranty on the glass after the first year.

B-Parts Damaged by Misuse or Neglect: HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. will pay 20% of the cost of the current list price of parts and labor. No reimbursement shall be greater than the price of the replacement part.

C-Omni Oversize Panels: This application is not recommended. Therefore, we will only warranty 50% of the cost of the panel for the first year. However, the pet door itself is covered per our standard warranty.

HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. will credit 50% towards the cost of a replacement Hale Pet Door™ that was damaged due to mis-cutting, mismeasuring, or any other damage due to no fault of HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. will not accept any responsibility beyond 50% if the damage is due to no fault of HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. HSPD Manufacturing, Inc. reserves the right to inspect any and all products before honoring any claim.

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01/31/2021
Jessica W.
Excellent purchase for a French Door!

After much research I bought this pet door for my cats, so they could go in and out to my screened porch on their own without me having to let them out or constantly leave the door open in the Louisiana heat. I only wish I had done it sooner! I had a friend do the installation since I am not very handy with that sort of thing and he had it done in about an hour. We had it installed in the stationary part of the frame that doesn't open, not in the door itself. It's very durable and blends in nicely. I got the single flap since we don't have too intense cold around here. My custom measurement was 84 square inches, and I have 4 cats of different sizes (largest is 16 lbs) and they all fit through very easily. It took them about a week to get used to it and go through on their own, with training and treats as I would hold the flap open and coax them through. The door came with install instructions and a little awning for the outside (if needed). It's been perfect and the cats love it!