Pet Door, Dog Door, Cat Door Installation Instructions
SOLO PET DOOR – WALL MOUNT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Find the best location on the wall to install your Solo Pet Door. Be sure to mount the top of the pet opening 1 1/2″ to 2″ above the pets shoulders so the pet can lower its head and step right through the pet door. If you have a small dog and a large dog place the pet opening at a comfortable height level for both pets.
Follow the following steps to install a Solo Pet Door in your house wall:
Step 2. In proximity to where the Solo Wall Mount will be installed, make a cut on the interior wall large enough to determine if there will be any issues (wiring, plumbing, etc). The pet door frame will be mounted between studs in most cases, but if cutting into a stud is required simply “T” the stud off and place the stud horizontally under the metal frame (adding support). Place the metal frame in the exact installation location and trace a line around the full metal Solo frame. Ensure this traced line is square and level.
Step 3. Insert the full metal frame into the interior walls rough cut and lift upward on the tinted Plexiglas sliding panel. Mark 4 holes in each corner of the pet opening. Remove the full metal Solo frame and drill 4 holes in those marked spots.
Step 4. Go outside and with a straight edge trace lines connecting all 4 drilled holes on the outermost part of the drilled hole to ensure the tunnel can sleeve perfectly into the opening.
Step 5. Reinstall the full metal pet door frame into the wall opening (exterior black tunnel and interior white face plate is still removed). The metal frame of the Solo pet door should be flush with the interior surface (plaster board, sheet rock, etc). Fasten the metal frame to the wall studs (pilot holes provided). Insert the exterior black tunnel sleeve into the exterior wall opening.
Step 6. Apply caulk or sealant around the edges of this exterior black tunnel to create a tight weather seal and insert the four screws that will fix the tunnel to the exterior wall.
Permanent Wiring. (OPTIONAL)
Please arrange for a qualified electrician to do this portion of your installation.
Step 1. SHUT OFF POWER FIRST!
Step 2. If the pet door is to be permanently hardwired into the homes electrical wiring, run a conduit (#14 with ground) through the TOP of the metal pet door frame as shown. The pet door uses only 2 watts of power (20 watts while opening), so it may be wired into the nearest wall outlet electrical box (separate circuit is not needed). Connect ground wire to metal frame.
Step 3. If the pet door is to be permanently hardwired into the homes electrical wiring, run a conduit (#14 with ground) through the TOP of the metal pet door frame as shown. The pet door uses only 2 watts of power (20 watts while opening), so it may be wired into the nearest wall outlet electrical box (separate circuit is not needed). Connect ground wire to metal frame.
NOTE: If the nearest source of 120v, 60Hz power is also connected to a large load, such as an electric hot water heater, then a separate circuit is recommended. This is because the pet door receiver electronics are sensitive to power surges.
Step 4. Attach white interior trim to metal frame. Plug pet door power cord into 120v, 60Hz power receptacle (or, turn on circuit breaker if door has been permanently wired). Turn on power switch on the front of the Solo pet door. The Plexiglas door should open and close (one time) when first turned on.
That’s it, the wall installation is complete!
SOLO PET DOOR – DOOR MOUNT INSTALLATION INSTRUCTIONS
Always install the SOLO PET DOOR on the interior side of the door. Only the black exterior trim will mount on the outside surface of the door. Be sure to mount the top of the pet opening 1 1/2″ to 2″ above the pets shoulders so the pet can lower its head and step right through the pet door. If you have a small dog and a large dog place the pet opening at a comfortable height level for both pets.
Follow the following steps to install a Solo Pet Door in your house door:
Step 1. Take the white faceplate and black exterior trim off before the installation.
Step 2. Place the pet door frame against the inside of the house door at the desired height (1.5″ – 2″ above the pets shoulder height). Use phone books or other suitable objects to hold the pet door at that desired height. With a pencil, scribe an outline around the outside of the metal frame of the pet door onto the house door.
Step 3. With the Solo frame held in the same position, lift the tinted Plexiglas sliding pet door ( by pulling on its cable) into the open position. Trace a rectangle on the interior side of the house door around the actual pet opening. This rectangle will become the cut opening through to the outside of the door. Remove the pet door frame from the house door. You should now have two rectangles drawn on the door, 1 for the overall frame and another for the pet opening cut.
Step 4. Drill four holes, one at each corner of the smaller rectangle. Go to the outside of the door and with a straight edge connect these 4 drilled holes. Mark this opening 1/4″ larger all of the way around this square to allow the exterior black trim to fit smoothly into the opening. Make a cut along these marked lines.
Step 5. Prepare for mounting the metal frame by drilling six holes through the door as shown.
Step 6. Place the metal Solo pet door frame back into position. Insert 4 (four) screws that hold the black trim to the frame. this will center the exterior trim in the opening and temporarily hold the metal pet door frame against the house door. Double check to make sure the metal frame is square with the house door. Drill small pilot holes into the metal frame for the two top screws. Insert the two top screws from the outside through the house door into the metal pet door frame.
Final Steps. Attach white interior faceplate panel to metal frame. If the white faceplate extends past the metal frame you may trim if necessary with a knife or saw to ensure a flush fit against the metal frame. Plug the pet door power cord into 120 Volt, 60 Hz power receptacle and turn the power switch on. The pet door should open and close (one time) when it’s first turned on. That’s it, the door installation is complete!
SOLO PET DOOR – SENSITIVITY AND OPEN-TIME SETTINGS
The pet’s magnet must move in order to activate the door. The sensitivity is initially set at the factory to activate the door at approximately 3 feet (adjustable) and to stay open for approximately 3 seconds (also adjustable).
Adjustment of sensitivity and timing may be useful for special circumstances. For example, if one wants to let the dog out while keeping a cat inside (or out), the sensitivity can be decreased and the door open-time reduced.
Remove the white plastic faceplate to gain access to the adjustment settings. Follow these procedures.
Once your pet is comfortable with operating the door (usually within one week), it is time to adjust the door to activate at a closer distance, perhaps at 18 inches. To adjust the distance accurately and correctly, please perform the following steps:
Step 1. Hold the collar magnet in your hand at approximately the same height as your pet would wear it.
Step 2. Hold the magnet 3 feet away from the pet door.
Step 3. Gently flip wrist up and down and sideways as if the animal were approaching the pet door. If the door does not open, carefully move 6 inches closer and repeat. NOTE: you have to wait 20 seconds each time the door opens before it can again be opened.
Step 4. To decrease sensitivity, using a small screwdriver, turn the recessed white SENSITIVITY control counter-clockwise slightly. DO NOT FORCE.
The pet door is set to stay open for approximately 3 seconds. Once the pet is familiar with the pet door, you should set the timing down to approximately 1-2 seconds. which is plenty of time for your pet to exit the pet door. To decrease open time, use a small screwdriver to turn OPEN TIME control clockwise. DO NOT FORCE.
If you have cats that you intend to keep inside, the less time and the less sensitivity to which the open door is programmed the less of a chance your cat will have in going outside. Once the pet door has been set to best accommodate you and your pets’ needs, no further adjustments are necessary.