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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:33 pm 
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I want to remove a large standard cat flap from my wooden front door and replace it with a smaller chip reading unit. The problem I have is the hole is bigger than the new cat flap. Any suggestions on how to proceed? The aesthetics are not so important.

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PostPosted: Sat Mar 09, 2019 2:56 pm 
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If it's a wooden door then it's pretty certain the panel is fitted into a groove with prrobably a moulding on each side ( sorrry can't quite make it out on the picture as it's a tad dark). To remove it chisel off the mouldings on the inside of the door. This should allow the panel to be removed and replaced . New mouldings or beads on the inside and it's all done. Did this very job a few months ago.


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Still not perfect, but it looks likes there's a bead on the inside.

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I think I would get a nice piece of 6mm ply and cut it to fit neatly inside the whole of the panel on the door inside. Carefully cut the opening in this new panel to fit the new flap unit. Then, before mounting the cat flap, glue the panel in place and paint the room facing side and also the external bits exposed. Offer up the flap and decide if you need to cut a similar panel for the outside, you may get away with it if the new flap combing covers and protects the original hole.

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Grendel wrote:
If it's a wooden door then it's pretty certain the panel is fitted into a groove with prrobably a moulding on each side ( sorrry can't quite make it out on the picture as it's a tad dark). To remove it chisel off the mouldings on the inside of the door. This should allow the panel to be removed and replaced . New mouldings or beads on the inside and it's all done. Did this very job a few months ago.


I like this plan. What could possibly go wrong?


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Poor cutting I guess. Use a new blade if cutting with a jigsaw. Nice and accurate, take your time. Filler and sealant are your friends :thumbright: :lol:

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I like this plan. What could possibly go wrong?

As said bad cutting to which I'd add trying to rush the job. I've seen someone thinking amoulding is a bead and knock a chisel into it and try to prize it off only to split a chunk out of the rail. If it's not a bead do a load of little chops just as one does when putting in a hinge and pare it off.


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I read a couple of days back that a woman in Leeds had found an interesting way to solve this problem.....

So, maybe ask the missus? :roll:

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