Pet Door Security! Watchdog Locking Cover
Many of you are worried about the security of your pet door or, shudder, haven't even purchased a pet door because you worry about security.
Watch Dog Security Pet Doors has developed the answer. Beginning with 12 guage steel, Watchdog builds a frame with cover and a combination lock to fit on the outside of your house. When you want the dog to have access, you leave the Watch Dog Security Pet Door Locking Cover open. When you want security, you close the steel door and engage the combination lock. Bingo! The pet door is no longer an easy way to break into your house.
Here are some key points
- The combination lock is set by you to a unique security code. Don't forget it! There's no way to unlock this steel cover over your pet door without that code.
- There is a special version with special bolting hardware for installation on a door and another version for installation on a wall. The Watchdog Security Pet Door Locking Cover is securely fastened with heavy hardware designed for door or wall use.
- The color available is white and the finish is a durable powder coating.
- When you want your pet to have access, you leave this security door open. You have a choice of opening directions. 'Left' means that the hinges are on the left when outside looking at the security door. 'Right' means that the hinges are on the right side. However, this neat design allows you to lift the steel cover off it's hinges when the door is open so you can set it aside. When the door is closed, the cover hinges are locked in place by the steel frame.
You might first think that this product should be mounted on the inside of the house and it can particularly for a door installation.
However, the manufacturer recommends that it be securely bolted to the outside of your door or wall for a couple of reasons
- Mounted outside, the potential intruder is immediately confronted with a steel barrier and doesn't even get started. Those bolts, by the way, can't be removed from the outside.
- The outside of a wall is typically much stronger than the drywall interior side. It's better to have something sturdy to bolt into. Of course, if you can hit the studs from the inside that's going to be sturdy as well.
- Because of the typical locking cover on the inside of the pet door, more clearance is needed for the steel door. There may not be enough room for an inside install.
Plan on mounting on the outside if a wall installation and either side for a solid-core door provided you have clearance for the pet door locking cover on the inside install choice.
For vacation homes and long vacations this solution can't be beat. For daily use on a wall or door, you've got to go outside to lock it. Whether that's worth it is up to you. For some, the peace of mind is going to make the difference.
What Size Shall I Purchase?
The manufacturer has provided a size chart showing which currently-produced pet doors fit each of the Watchdog Security cover sizes. We suggest you identify the pet door you have and see if it is on this chart. Most pet doors purchased in the USA are.
Do I have to Have my Own Pet Door?
Yes you do! Even though some images show a pet door with the Watchdog Security that's only for illustrative purposes. They assume you've got the pet door already.
Of course, you may purchase a pet door and a Watchdog Security Cover on this web site both at the same time.
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Installation in a Door:
1. Take the WatchDog Security Cover off the frame of the pet door. This will make measuring and installing it easier.
2. With a pencil, draw a line on the top of the WatchDog Security Cover on the centerline
3. Draw a line of the centerline of your existing pet door. You will line this centerline with the centerline mark you previously made on the WatchDog Security Cover.
4. Draw a line at the center of the side of the WatchDog Security Cover
5. Draw a line at the center of the side of your existing pet door.
6. Match all the marks made on the WatchDog Security Cover and your existing pet door.
7. Check if your existing pet door is level by using a level. If the pet door is level, you can use it to level your WatchDog Security Cover. If your pet door is not level, you may need to adjust it so that the door openings line up to each other.
8. Place your WatchDog Security Cover above the existing pet door. Be sure that the centreline markings made previously on the WatchDog Security Cover and the pet door line up with each other. These markings will be used again later.
9. Use the pet door to slide the WatchDog Security Cover up to the side of the pet door and move it up until the lines you have made on the side and in the middle of each door line up. Make new marks on the door to line everything up.
10. Use the marks you previously made, square up the pet door. Then, use the pencil to mark the screw hole on the top corner of your WatchDog Security Cover
11. Remove the door and drill the correct size hole where marked. The size of the hole will depend on application of fasteners
12. Install the tamper resistant screw with the included bit. DO NOT TIGHTEN THE HOLES until all screws are in place.
13. Level the door and repeat steps #9, #10, #11 mark, drill, and temporarily install upper corners with the tamper resistant screws.
14. Now mark both bottom holes, remove door, and drill the bottom two holes.
15. Place the door back in and place the screws in the screw holes, loosely tightening them
16. Firmly tighten the screw hardware (apply thread-lock adhesive) to complete the installation
Using the Combi-Bolt: Changing your combination
Determine your new code before starting to change the combination.
Set the dials to the manufacturer combination of 0-0-0-0.
Step 1: To begin changing the combination, lift the handle up and then fully slide it back. The finger grip will slide down into a notch when it is all the way back. The combi-Bolt is now in change mode
Step 2: Turn the dials to a new combination that you will remember.
Step 3: Lift the handle up and then slide the bolt forward completely. The Combi-Bolt is now out of change mode. The combination on the dials is now the new unlocking combination
*Do not forget the code as there is now way to reset the locking code without the current code. We recommend writing down the code and storing it in a safe place