January 21, 2011
So, a while ago I put a cat door in my basement laundry room door. This allows our cats easy access to the litter box, and makes it so we won't have to smell it from the family room. Now, you've all probably heard the saying, "Measure twice, cut once," but that is not the school of thought that I work from. Oh no. I use the "eyeball it" methodology. I find that just eyeballing things allows me to get things done faster, and it adds a bit of excitement to the proceedings. Needless to say, my efforts with the cat door were no exception.
I began by removing the door from its hinges and bringing it outside to work my magic. I laid the door on my picnic table and penciled in the hole that I would jigsaw out. My wife came out and said, "You better measure that."
"Pffft!" I answered confidently. "How hard is it to cut a hole in a door? Be gone woman and let me work!"
Anyway, I cut a hole in the door and installed the cat door. All in all it took me about 15 minutes. I thought to myself, "This couldn't have gone any better! I'm like the Bob Vila of cat doors!" Then I took the door downstairs to put it back into place. Well at least I tried to.
This is a picture of the second cat door I installed. Pretty nice huh?
Thats right ... the second cat door I installed. Here is what my laundry room door looks like now:
If you still need me to spell it out for you, I cut the original cat door hole at the top of the door! What the heck is my problem? Why didn't I just take the time to make sure I was cutting at the right end? Believe me, this caused me a great deal of anger. Then acceptance. Then laughter. You don't need to tell me what an idiot I am. I know.
So, I hauled the door back outside, cut another hole, and installed the cat door at the right end. But now I have a hole at the top of the door too.
Anyway, it has occurred to me that I have a unique opportunity to do something special with the hole at the top of my door. Should I put in a little peep hole door? You know, put some hinges on another smaller door up there that would allow me to look into the laundry room without opening the main door? Or should I just cover the hole with a poster or something?
If any of you have any good ideas, let me know. Eventually I plan on getting a new door, but for now I want to do something. Like I said, it can be a pretty different kind of idea since I'm not sure I know anyone that has a big hole at the top of their laundry room door. So, if you think you've got a good idea lay it on me.
Also, if you've got any of your own home improvement projects and you need some advice, you know who to call. Especially if you need your projects to have a little more pizazz than usual. That's it for now. Have a good one!
Posted by snackeru at January 21, 2011 8:10 AM
Hey, you can put glass with the same shape and make it like a bathroom door
Posted by: Joseph at February 2, 2013 11:48 AM
Don't feel bad man, i have done this kind of thing multiple times over the years. I once ordered a left hand drain tub when i needed a right hand drain. I ended up redigning the bathroom remodel to accomidate it. It actually ended up amazing because I added a window that wasn't going to be their and the bathroom now has a splendid view. Anyway, you will think of something awesome.
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Posted by: Sophia at February 11, 2013 12:23 AM
Hang some chimes in the opening at the top to give your cats warning when someone is entering their bathroom :)
Posted by: Tony at February 17, 2013 2:48 PM
Well now you have a door for the bird as well :)
Posted by: William at February 20, 2013 9:11 AM
One thing that you can try out by hanging some portrait over it.. I don't think, that will look bad. You can try it out.
Posted by: Jone at February 27, 2013 12:01 AM
hahaha you right tony now you have door for bird and cat
Posted by: soponyono at March 5, 2013 8:25 PM
That had me laughing out loud! We all do these things more often than we'd like.
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Posted by: Kris at March 14, 2013 9:19 AM
Haha I done exactly the same, not with a cat flap but screwing the hinges on!!
Posted by: Gavin at March 16, 2013 6:28 PM
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Posted by: Andy at March 24, 2013 9:33 AM
hang on, what tool did you use to cut the hole? I've tried this and the saw I have is just not cutting it right.
Is that door mahogany wood?
Posted by: window cleaning southampton at March 24, 2013 12:03 PM
Nice one.I am gone make the same for my Chowchow
Posted by: seektrainings at March 24, 2013 12:12 PM
Good job! I need something like that for my dog... :D
Posted by: Funny boy at March 25, 2013 3:24 PM
WELL LIKE MY DAD WILL SAY MEASURE TWICE CUT ONCE.BUT LEAVE THE TOP HOLE WHEN THE CAT GETS BIGGER HER OR SHE MIGHT USE IT YOU NEVER KNOW.LOL
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Posted by: Van Nuys Plumbers at March 28, 2013 5:01 PM
Thank you for posting this... it made my day! lol! And, what a funny story you have to tell to everyone who sees it!
Posted by: Virginia Web Designer at March 29, 2013 8:02 AM
This is really great :D i must do this :D
Posted by: DJ Channel at March 29, 2013 7:25 PM
I really enjoyed reading this post, keep up the good work and happy blogging
Posted by: John Leigh at March 31, 2013 2:02 PM
This is a nice post, thanks. you did a great job
Posted by: FUOYE at April 3, 2013 6:12 AM
Oh! That's funny! That's something I would do! Hence the reason I leave all DIY jobs to my dad...and let him make the mistakes!
Posted by: Steve W at April 3, 2013 1:50 PM
I thought the hole in the top of the door was planned at first. Seems like an easy mistake to make though
Posted by: Abeon at April 4, 2013 12:00 PM
Haha brilliant! That has made my day. We had a plumber who had to create access through a bath panel. He did so with a reciprocating saw. Trouble was he also cut right through the bath.
Posted by: Paul's Plumbing at April 8, 2013 7:16 AM
Oh my gosh, this seriously is the funniest thing I have read all week. I work at a siding, roofing, windows and doors contractor and we have to replace some pretty messed up doors, I haven't seen anything like this though. I'm totally going to share this with the guys! Thanks for the lol's! (:
Posted by: Ellie at April 12, 2013 11:02 AM
Good job :)
Posted by: Sergen at April 14, 2013 7:09 AM
i will make similar hole for my cat
Posted by: Paul at April 14, 2013 6:27 PM
i can tell your cat love passing through that hole
Posted by: Sam at April 14, 2013 6:29 PM
lol love reading this post. i bet your cat is really happy
Posted by: kojo at April 14, 2013 6:31 PM
Think of it this way; if you get a canary it can fly in and out of the upper hole fine.
Posted by: Steve at April 17, 2013 3:52 PM
Hahaha, Don't worry snackeru, I did something similar on one of the houses I worked on. They wanted a small door for their animal they had, but thinking it was for a dog, I made a hole at the bottom. I shortly found out that it was for their pet parrot. Thanks for the post.
Posted by: Pensacola Door Replacement at April 22, 2013 10:41 AM
haha.. measure twice, cut once. I'm sure this applies somehow.
Posted by: Maury at April 22, 2013 6:48 PM
That looks so cozy!
Posted by: Animal Teeth at April 28, 2013 2:07 PM
yes yes it happens when that one may fail.
Posted by: peter at May 1, 2013 5:55 AM
This blog got me to laugh so for that, thank you. The thought did occur to me that you could install a fan that points inward. Laundry rooms can get very damp especially if you live in the south like I do. I own a commercial cleaning company so I know a little something about these things. And by the way, I eyeball things too. Mostly when I'm hangin pictures for the wife. Keep up the great work! http://acscleaning.com/request-a-quote/
Posted by: Joel at May 5, 2013 6:00 AM
What's wrong with the hole at the top area of the window? Is it done by mistake? Maybe you could try putting a tinted glass at the hole.
Posted by: window tinting denver at May 5, 2013 8:56 PM
Buy a new door
Posted by: Paco at May 7, 2013 4:06 AM
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