TOM: Are you tired of hearing your door scratched constantly by your dog begging to be let out in the middle of the night? A pet door can put that to rest. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute. Now when choosing your door, measure your pet at the shoulder and add two inches to determine the door height. Pre-made pet doors can be installed into any door, patio slider, garage door or even an exterior wall.
TOM: Depending on the mounting location and the pet, the material may vary. For dogs that like to chew, a bite-proof door is a must.
LESLIE: You also want to make sure the door is weatherproof so drafts and rain are kept out. And when you’re installing, be sure to use flashing and caulk to reseal the opening that you make in your wall or your door.
TOM: Finally, to discourage neighborhood cats or backyard wildlife from venturing inside your house, you can choose an automated door that unlocks only when approached by a sensor, which conveniently hangs from your dog’s collar. I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete. For more Money Pit Home Improvement tips, visit moneypit.com.