Installation – Door Mount

Freedom Pet Pass Installation Instructions

Prework: Tools

Tools required to install a Freedom Pet Pass® into a raised panel door include the following:

  • Safety glasses
  • Ear protection
  • Tape measure
  • Clamps
  • Battery operated drill
  • Shield
  • Skill saw
  • Proper blade
  • File
  • Caulk gun
  • Blue painters tape
  • Squares
  • Level or straight edge

Measurements required for installation of a Freedom Pet Pass door:

Pet Door Size Rough Opening Overall Dimensions
Small Dog / Standard Cat Door 10″ x 14½” 11″x 15½”
Medium Dog / Mega Cat Door 13″ x 17½” 14″x 18½”
Large Dog Door 15″ x 21½” 16″x 22½”
XL Dog Door 20¾” x 29″ 22″x 30″
Tools for installing a Freedom Pet Pass Door into a door

Step 1: Determine the rough cut line

Begin the project with the interior your home door facing up on saw horses. The object here is to locate and place the product where it will best fit your door and your dog. Pre-measure for the dog.

Take the pet door (the piece with the flap) and place the inside center of the frame on the line that you’ve drawn to determine the height that will best fit your door and your dog. Double check your side measurements to make sure your door is centered, and double check your height measurements. Once this has been completed, trace around the outside of the door with pencil.

Step 2: Cutting the rough cut

Begin with a good saw and the proper blade installed to cut through your home door application. Use a metal blade for metal doors, a wood blade for wood doors, etc. If possible, use a new blade when cutting the opening. We don’t recommend cutting into our door if it is your first time using a saw.

Start your cut at the back corner and work counter clockwise around the door.

Line up the saw blade with the pencil line and with a good grip on the saw carefully begin your cut.

Once the cut is complete on the inside of the door, flip the door over on the sawhorses (to external side). Use clamps and a bar to secure the cutout in place. You don’t want it dropping through prior to completing the cut.

Use a square to trace in the corners that still need to be cut. Use the saw to make the final cuts in the corners.

Tap out the cut piece to reveal the rough opening. File the edges if needed.

Step 3: Attach the pet door

Place the pet door into the hole with the outside (dark brown) oriented to the exterior side of the door and the hinge of the flap oriented toward the top. Clamp the pet door in place, and flip the door over.

Place the interior frame on the door. Align the interior frame to the rest of the pet door using the locking pin on the top and the bottom middle screw to ensure that the two pieces are mated squarely.

Put the other screws into the other holes, and then carefully tighten. Be careful if using an electric or battery-operated screwdriver, as over tightening can damage the frame. In that case, use the electric screwdriver to drive the screws mostly in, and tighten the screws with a hand screwdriver.

Step 4: Seal the frame

Place tape on both door and frame in areas where there is a recessed panel. Fill with caulk and remove the tape.

Flip the door over and remove the clamps.

Repeat the taping and caulking step on the exterior side.