Ideal Fast Fit Patio Panel Pet Door
When you're looking for a "best bang for your buck" deal, an Ideal Fast Fit is the perfect solution. Affordable and functional, this pet door is lightweight and easy to install. The spring-loaded design allows you to securely place it in your sliding glass door track within seconds, and the clear vinyl flap opens easily for your pet to use to access your home.
Features of the Ideal Fast Fit
- Single pane glass is lightweight for quick and easy install, and easy removal when necessary.
- Clear, vinyl flap is easy for pets to learn to use and push open.
- Since this panel will not mate with an existing slider door lock, Ideal supplies a pin lock. This does require drilling holes, so if you're a renter and do not want to put holes in the slider, then we suggest using the old "broomstick in the track method" or a Charley Bar.
- Solid magnetic strip at the bottom of the flap to help keep the flap closed when not in use.
- Customizable options for the perfect fit for your slider and your pet.
- Aluminum frame designed for sliding glass door tracks at least 7/8" thick.
- 1 year warranty.
Perfect Time for an Ideal Fast Fit
- If you are on a budget and want a pet door for your sliding glass door, a Fast Fit is the best choice.
- For pets that may be timid or struggle with pushing through a heavier flap, the vinyl flap in the Fast Fit is easy to learn!
- This is a great option if you need something temporary for a rental home where you can't drill holes in the track.
- If you travel often and need a door that you can take in or out.
- Great solution for storm prone areas where you need to be able to remove it quickly to secure your home.
Check out our custom height Fast Fit!
Our step-over options allow you to tailor your pet door to properly accommodate your pet's size. (See the drop-downs after you choose flap size, adjustment and frame color. If you need help choosing the right size, see our page on how to measure your pets.) Custom height extensions can be added to your order should the inserts be too small for your sliding glass door. (Custom orders are not returnable. So please see the detailed instructions below to ensure you order the correct size.)
Panels ordered with a custom stepover are NON-RETURNABLE.
PLEASE NOTE: This product ships directly from the manufacturer and may take 3-4 business days before it actually ships.
Quick Video on Installing the Fast Fit
1. Release automatic height adjustment by turning knobs located near top of panel counter-clockwise and pressing. Height adjustment panel should fully extend upward (pull up on panel if necessary).
2. Open sliding glass/screen door.
3. Insert Fast Fit with knobs facing inside. Place top edge into top track of sliding glass/screen door. Lift up and swing lower portion of panel onto ridge in sliding glass door (or screen door).
4. Slide Fast Fit against doorjamb and make sure that top is fully extended, not tilted to one side, and bottom of panel is on ridge in bottom track.
5. Hand-tighten knobs by turning clockwise to lock Fast Fit in place.
To permanently install the Fast Fit, you may screw through the aluminum fins that protrude on the existing frame of your door. Drill through the fins into the Fast Fit. Install two screws in the top and two in the side by the bottom of door. Do not put any screws into the frame by the glass of the Fast Fit as breakage may occur.
Optional permanent placement for fixed panel sliding door. Remove screws that hold fixed glass panel in place and slide over. Insert the Fast Fit panel between stationary panel and it's jamb and re-fasten fixed glass panel.
Installing Security Lock (Optional)
1. With sliding door in closed position, place lock in desired location with bolt in the retracted position, pointed toward the sliding glass door or stationary window rail. Leave approximately 1/8" clearance between bolt tip and aluminum rail (Figure 5).
2. Holding lock firmly in place, mark screw holes and center of bolt in rail of sliding door or stationary window.
3. Drill two 5/32" holes for mounting screws and a 3/8" hole for locking bolt. Caution: Do not drill into glass.
4. With sliding door in the closed position (with Fast Fit installed), mark position for second set of holes.
Repeat above instructions. Caution: Do not drill into glass.
In Depth Ideal 'Fast Fit' Installation
Q: Does the Ideal Fast Fit pet doors for sliding doors require tools for installation?
A: Yes, you will need a drill if you want to install the locking mechanism. The panel itself does not require any tools for easy installation and removal.
Q: What locking mechanism can I use for the Ideal Fast Fit?
A: This pet door comes with a locking cover that slides over the pet door to keep intruders from entering. It also comes with a pin lock you can install. Alternatively, you can purchase a Charley Bar for added security.
Q: Can this be used with vinyl sliding glass doors?
A: Generally yes. The main difference between vinyl and aluminum sliding glass doors is the thickness of the track. As long as your track is at least ⅞” thick, this will fit your patio door. If you have a taller sliding glass door, we recommend that you either add shims or toenail the panel in for added stability. If you have concerns you can email firstname.lastname@example.org with some photos of your track and we can let you know.
Q: Does the Ideal Fast Fit pet doors for sliding doors require tools for installation?
A: The panel doesn't, it is meant to be fairly easy to install so you can take it out if you need. However you will need tools if you want to install the locking mechanism as it requires drilling holes into the frame of your slider. You can avoid this by locking your slider against the panel using a Charley Bar or dowel in the track.
Q: Will I still be able to use my sliding glass door lock after it is installed?
A: The Fast Fit panels will not be able to mate with an existing slider door lock. This door includes a pin lock or you can go with a dowel in the track or Charley Bar.
Q: Will I still be able to use my sliding glass door after it is installed?
A: When the pet door is installed, you will lose some space to walk through. To make sure that you have enough room, we recommend that you check the Overall Width of the size that you want, especially when purchasing this panel for larger pets.
Q: How do I know what size I should get for my pet?
A: We recommend that you measure your pet using the methods described in this video.
Q: Will this work for large and small pets sharing?
A: Yes. The flaps are light enough for small pets to push. We recommend a custom lower step-over height to make it easier for the shorter pet to use. The flap should also be large enough for the tallest pet to use without bending down.
Q: How does this door hold up in the winter?
A: The flap will likely blow open with mild wind since this is a more economical doggy door. When more extreme weather occurs, we recommend that you place your locking cover over the pet door or remove the panel.
Q: Can I use a different, more wind resistant flap with this?
A: Unfortunately flaps are not interchangeable between pet doors. In order to get a more wind resistant flap, you would need to change out the entire unit.
Q: Does the Ideal Fast Fit Panel have an adjustablestep-over?
A: No, the Fast Fit does not have an adjustable step over. However, you can get a custom step-over. Keep in mind that the custom step over cannot be adjusted once built, and it does make the item non-returnable.
Q: Does the Ideal Fast Fit Panel door include a Draft Stopper?
A: Yes, this door does come with a black draft stopper.
Q: What is the frame thickness of the Ideal Fast Fit Dog Door?
A: The frame thickness is 7/8".
Q: Does the Fast Fit come with a cat door option?
A: A cat could use this door, but there is an option that has a cat door installed as well.
Q: Can I purchase the flap and frame together for my Ideal Fast Fit panel?
A: Yes, the Ideal Fast Fit Flap and Frame Assembly are available for purchase. Please make sure you are ordering the correct logo for your specific panel. If you no longer have the original flap, you can figure out what logo you have a couple of other ways. You can measure the entire width of the panel, as these measurements changed when the manufacturing location did. Another option is to unscrew the frame from the patio panel, if it's one piece that screws directly into the sides of the aluminum frame, it's an old style rectangular logo. If the frame is two pieces that screw into each other (not the metal panel directly) than it’s a new style round logo. If you still have the original flap (plastic frame), you may be able to figure out which flap and frame you need by looking at this page.
Q: What if I am at the top of the adjustment range?
A: Ideal does offer a height extension, but you can also make up for slight height issue by sliding a piece of wood in the top channel that is cut to size.
Q: What if I am at the bottom of the adjustment range?
A: You can actually trim up to 3/4" off the spring load at the top. It is 1/8" in thickness, this is done with a jigsaw using a metal cutting blade.