Doggie-Door through Brick Exterior???

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Doggie-Door through Brick Exterior???

I'm thinking of installing a doggie-door (small) but the exterior of the house is all brick. Is the doggie-door a bad idea? Unfortunately, my house has a regular front door and two sliding glass doors. I don't think much of the kits that use some of the sliding glass door's opening for a doggie-door, so that leaves going through the drywall on the inside and brick (not veneer brick) on the outside.

Or am I stuck with the sliding door adapter?
 
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Old 11-11-06, 05:52 AM
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Nothing is impossible.

Just realize that if you remove the doggy door later, even using the saved good brick for reuse, there will still need to be new brick used to replace the damaged when removed brick that will not match with the old.

I feel a door through the wall, if done well, would look better than the sliding door option and would consider it if I was installing a doggie door.

Where I live, I would need to use one of the doors with a sensor and collar trigger to keep the door effectively locked and keep the raccoons and other odd animals out of the house.
 
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It's gonna be a son of a gun to remove those bricks, at least for the run of the mill homeowner. Hard enough just to drill out some pilot holes at the corners. I'll have to figure out how to cut those bricks and stay inside the trim pieces.
 
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At ground level presents a difficult position to cut. A partner saw (a gas or electric saw that uses large masonary cutting blades) would be the easiest or a cut but getting it real close to the ground is tough. A hammer drill and masonary bit could be used as well. Drill a series of holes, very close together in a line. Then either angle drill back and forth to connect the holes or use a chisel and hammer to break between the holes.

Be careful when using this method to not push so hard as to break the portion of brick staying loose from its' mortar joint.

Be careful of any electrical wires, plumbing lines or gas lines in the wall where you are cutting out.

You actually may have better luck actually removing the bricks from their position and cutting them (or getting them cut) to size and relaying them (if you can handle some bricklaying duties.)

Now here is one part I am not confident about. Generally a lentel is used to span over the top of an opening in masonary walls. I do not know if it would be required in this small of an area. There are some tradesmen that post on site hear that would be best to advise you concerning this point.
 
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Yes, I forgot about the lintel... looks like it'sa gonna be a whole lot easier to teach the dog to do a backflip or sumthin' when he needs to go outside...
 
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