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Dragon Pet Door for Vinyl Sliding Glass Doors (Sectional) - Installation Instructions

Installation Instructions

Sectional Panel Installation Instructions

Installation icon Difficulty Easy
Installation icon Steps 08
Installation icon Time Required 0.5 hours
Installation icon Sections 01
Installation icon Flags 01

Parts

  • 1 Vinyl Panel Pet Door
  • 1 Weatherstrip Seal
  • 1 Center Post Weather Seal Draft Stopper

Tools

  • Flathead screwdriver
  • #2 Philips head screwdriver
  • Non-metal hammer
  • Scissors

Please read instructions & notes thoroughly before installation. If you need to adjust the step-over height, complete steps A-C before installing the panel in your track.

Step 1 Assemble the Panel

  • Align the aluminum connectors extending from the bottom flap panel section with the top glass panel section.
  • Press the aluminum connectors into the holes at the bottom of the top glass panel section.
  • Ensure locking cover & height adjustment locks are on the same side!
  • Fasten the two panels together using the four flathead screws found in the panel packaging.

Step 2 Loosen Height Adjustment Locks

  • Loosen the height adjustment locks at the top of the panel. This allows the spring mechanism to move freely up and down.
  • Horizontal Cross pieces have Edge Guides on each end. Carefully remove these parts and keep them together. This will help with assembly and orientation and when reassembling the piece.

Step 3 Insert Panel Into Track

  • Insert the panel into the upper track of your door frame, push the panel into the spring mechanism, then swing the bottom of the panel up and over the threshold into the lower track rail.
  • If you can’t clear the track, try swinging in from the outside, as the outside track wall may be shorter. If the panel still doesn’t fit, see the FAQ for guidance.

Step 4 Apply Weatherstrip

  • Once you are confident that the panel fits, remove the panel from the track and lay it on its side on the ground.
  • Apply the foam weatherstrip seal by peeling back the paper and exposing the adhesive. Unroll it along the edge of the panel, pressing to ensure it adheres. Install on both sides and trim to fit with scissors.

Step 5 Place Panel In Track

  • Place the panel back into the sliding glass door, then tighten the height adjustment locks to lock it in place.

Step 6 Install the Draft Stopper

  • The center post weather seal strip (draft stopper) should be installed on the inside of the home.
  • It can install on either the back edge of the sliding door panel or the leading edge of the stationary panel.
  • This strip prevents air from leaking between the sliding glass door and the stationary panel.
  • Trim with scissors as needed. Clean the edge of your patio door with rubbing alcohol before installing to assure a good seal.
  • Repeat step two to install the panel in your track.

LOCKING YOUR DOOR

Since you cannot lock your sliding glass door to your panel pet door, we have provided you with an alternative locking method to secure your home.

Installing the Sliding Door Clamp Lock:

The clamp has a thumb screw which tightens by hand to prevent the sliding door from moving beyond the clamp’s placement. For doors manufactured with the glass slider on the inside track, the lock can usually be installed on the door’s raised track.

If you aren't able to use the lock that comes with the panel:

A great alternative to locking your sliding glass door is a charley bar or dowel in the track. Both work off the same concept—they block the slider from opening. When engaged you cannot pull the sliding door away from the pet door panel. It’s a fancier version of the classic broomstick handle in the track method!

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

What if my panel is slightly too tall?

You can trim up to 5/16” off the spring-loaded adjustment piece at the top. This can be done by removing the adjustment pieces with a #2 Phillips Head screwdriver and cutting down the flanges. Be careful not to cut too low.

The dark area marks where you can trim:

What if my panel is slightly too short?

We offer height extensions that will add 1-1/2" to the top of the panel that you slide into the channel at the top. These are made from the same vinyl as the panel so the color will match exactly. If the extension makes the panel feel unstable, you can secure it with screws.

What if the panel is wobbling slightly back and forth?

If your track is wider than 1-1/2", you can use small wooden shims or extra weather-stripping to fill in the gap inside the top and bottom tracks. By placing the material inside the tracks you won't be able to see it, but it will stabilize the panel.