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How Do You Size A Pet Door?

  How Do You Size A Pet Door? It’s a reasonable question. As a homeowner, you don’t want to spend time and money on installing a pet door that Rex or Muffin can’t fit through. First, measure the width of your dog or cat at the widest point. Then measure the height of your pet. Animals lower their heads slightly when going through the door, so measure your pet from the top of the shoulders, not the head. Your pet should be able to pass comfortably through a door that reflects the animal’s measurements plus two extra inches each way. Most pet doors have a “lip” at the bottom that animals must step over, so remember to account for that when calculating the dimensions of the door. If your animal has trouble stepping over a lip, doors can be custom-made without a lip. Owners of puppies or kittens should take into account that their animals will grow. You may have to guess how large your dog or cat will eventually be, then size the door accordingly. It’s best to estimate … [Read more...]

Moisture between Panes of a Sliding Glass Door

Solutions for Moisture between Panes of a Sliding Glass Door Condensation between the panes of a double-pane sliding glass door is a sign that the seal between the panes has failed. Unfortunately, simply repairing the seal isn’t a solution. There are two ways to solve the problem of moisture forming between the panes of a sliding glass door: You can hire a sliding glass door contractor to replace the glass units. This can be expensive, but you may be able to save a lot of money if your sliders are still under warranty. You can attempt a procedure that is gaining popularity, but is only appropriate for certain sliding doors: drilling small holes in the glass to remove moisture. This repair requires the skill of a professional, who will drill small holes in one of the glass panes, usually in a corner. The technician will then inject a liquid into the space between the two panels to clean the glass and evaporate the moisture. The solution is then pumped out of … [Read more...]

Don’t Jam A Door Open in Its Hinges

Don’t Jam a Door Open In Its Hinges Sliding, bifold and hinged doors can be subject to much abuse in households. Punishment from constant opening and closing takes a toll and sometimes doors simply stop operating properly. Homeowners can take steps to keep doors of all types operating smoothly, but quick solutions aren’t always the right ones. For example, jamming a door open in its hinges can be very damaging. Screwdrivers, shims, coat hangers or any similar object inserted into a door’s hinges keep it propped open temporarily, at best. A permanent fix comes only after you correctly diagnose the problem. Hiring a sliding door specialist is the best bet for homeowners who have little experience in door repair. A contractor has seen it all and can make most types of repairs. It costs relatively little money to have all the doors in your home working perfectly. A door that hangs poorly could have one of several problems. It may simply need trimming at the bottom. This is … [Read more...]

What Does Screen Door on A Submarine Mean

What Does Screen Door on A Submarine Mean? You may have heard the saying, “as useful as a screen door on a submarine”. What does it mean, and how does it relate to sliding door repair? The saying alludes to more than just being “completely worthless,” because an actual screen door on a submarine is potentially disastrous. It could refer to a person who simply has no clue how to perform a task. Lacking the knowledge to do home repairs, including fixing sliding doors, is certainly no crime. However, when an inexperienced handyman attempts to make a repair and only makes matters worse, then it’s fair to say that person is about as useful as a screen door on a submarine. At A-1 On Track, we’ve seen the results of home repairs that have gone awry, needlessly taking up too much time, causing even more damage, and frustrating the homeowner. In addition, since saving money was the purpose of the DIY project, paradoxically costing more money than necessary. Consider the … [Read more...]

Keeping Your Pets from Scratching at the Screen Door

Frustrated by Pets that Scratch at your Screen Door? Watching your dog or cat slowly destroying your expensive new sliding screen door with their claws is dismaying. There are several ways you can stop your pets from scratching screen doors: One obvious solution to scratching animals who want outside; install a pet door. This will also save you from the effort of opening the door every time your animal needs to go out. Cats may scratch at screen doors because moths and other bugs flitting outside the door attract them. Keep bugs away by turning off the lights that draw them, or by installing those lights in another corner of the property, far away from any screens. Squirting your pet with a simple spray bottle filled with water requires some initial diligence on your part, but works particularly well on cats. Keep the spray bottle handy and at the first sign of scratching, give the animal a squirt. The sound of the spray is also a deterrent. After several encounters … [Read more...]