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DYI Oops?

So. I decided that I was tired of the kitty litter box being in the house and having the cats track the litter beyond litter box. So. I decided to build a cage in the garage that I can put the litter box in and then cut a hole in the wall so the cats can get to it from the house. I made my measurements, I built the cage, and I cut the hole in the wall - two holes, inside wall drywall and outside wall drywall (inside wall of garage).

All is well. I think. What gives me pause now is that when I cut the hole in the inside wall, I also cut through a plastic sheet and I had to take out the insulation. (I made sure I was cutting in an area with no electrical.) I'm not worried about the insulation - my next step once the cats get used to the new location will be to put a doggie door over the hole to minimize cold air, although the hole is in a closet so that will help.

But the plastic sheeting. Is that something important? It's not like I live in a box with no windows - so there are holes in the sheeting already. But I don't know how they seal the plastic sheeting around the doors/windows, so I don't know if I just messed with the whole balance of the house with my kitty door or not.

Any thoughts, TT?

created by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 11:45:58 am     Home     Comments: 18

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On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself and installed a programmable thermostat, so my DIY ventures have been successful.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 11:47:13 am     #  

You drive a Prius? You think you know someone....

posted by ahmahler on Dec 29, 2016 at 12:38:20 pm     #  

There should be a warning message printed on the plastic, Do not alter, perforate, or remove under penalty of law. Not that anyone here would ever say anything, or report you to the government or something. I suppose your kitty door is small enough so that you didn't see the message. Oh well, too late now.

posted by madjack on Dec 29, 2016 at 12:53:35 pm     #  

The plastic was a vapor barrier to keep the warm moist air of the house from getting to the cold surfaces and condensing into water. It should have been on the house side of the insulation. When you put in the Kitty door the plastic should be taped to the frame. They make special house wrap tape for that purpose. Mice like to come into sheltered garages anytime the door is opened and right now they have an express way into your house so your kitty's may have playmates.

posted by OldTimer on Dec 29, 2016 at 12:55:26 pm     #  

Hmm. I would look into this a bit. Garage spaces are legally required to be separated with a wall or door that cares a minimum fire rating. Cutting a hole in that wall could be a pretty big problem.

posted by Johio83 on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:20:12 pm     #  

*carries a minimum fire rating

posted by Johio83 on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:20:37 pm     #  

ahmahler posted at 12:38:20 PM on Dec 29, 2016:

You drive a Prius? You think you know someone....

I was spoiled with mpg when I had a diesel Beetle. When I had to replace it, the Prius was the most affordable mpg equivalent. Other cars just couldn't compete with the 40+ that the Prius gets.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:27:10 pm     #   1 person liked this

When you put in the Kitty door the plastic should be taped to the frame. They make special house wrap tape for that purpose.

Okay, I will pick some of the wrap tape up next time I'm at Lowes.

right now they have an express way into your house so your kitty's may have playmates.

Shouldn't the cats take care of the mouse problem? Eh, maybe not. But good point. I will keep an eye out for that issue.

Garage spaces are legally required to be separated with a wall or door that carries a minimum fire rating. Cutting a hole in that wall could be a pretty big problem.

Didn't think about fire. I'll have to think about this a bit more. The hole is already cut.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:36:48 pm     #  

MrsArcher

You said "On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself..."

I don;t know what year/model Prius you have but in most Prius vehicles you can change only the bulb in the headlight. The bulb costs maybe $15 compared to $100+ for the headlight.

posted by fgordon on Dec 29, 2016 at 01:50:43 pm     #  

fgordon posted at 01:50:43 PM on Dec 29, 2016:

MrsArcher

You said "On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself..."

I don;t know what year/model Prius you have but in most Prius vehicles you can change only the bulb in the headlight. The bulb costs maybe $15 compared to $100+ for the headlight.


Oh, it was just the bulb but it is an HID bulb - the cheapest I found was $50 on amazon.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:06:26 pm     #   1 person liked this

fgordon posted at 01:50:43 PM on Dec 29, 2016:

MrsArcher

You said "On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself..."

I don;t know what year/model Prius you have but in most Prius vehicles you can change only the bulb in the headlight. The bulb costs maybe $15 compared to $100+ for the headlight.


Oh, it was just the bulb but it is an HID bulb - the cheapest I found was $50 on amazon.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:06:26 pm     #  

fgordon posted at 01:50:43 PM on Dec 29, 2016:

MrsArcher

You said "On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself..."

I don;t know what year/model Prius you have but in most Prius vehicles you can change only the bulb in the headlight. The bulb costs maybe $15 compared to $100+ for the headlight.


Oh, it was just the bulb but it is an HID bulb - the cheapest I found was $50 on amazon.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:06:27 pm     #  

fgordon posted at 01:50:43 PM on Dec 29, 2016:

MrsArcher

You said "On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself..."

I don;t know what year/model Prius you have but in most Prius vehicles you can change only the bulb in the headlight. The bulb costs maybe $15 compared to $100+ for the headlight.


Oh, it was just the bulb but it is an HID bulb - the cheapest I found was $50 on amazon.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:06:27 pm     #  

fgordon posted at 01:50:43 PM on Dec 29, 2016:

MrsArcher

You said "On a brighter note I changed the headlight on my Prius by myself..."

I don;t know what year/model Prius you have but in most Prius vehicles you can change only the bulb in the headlight. The bulb costs maybe $15 compared to $100+ for the headlight.


Oh, it was just the bulb but it is an HID bulb - the cheapest I found was $50 on amazon.

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:06:27 pm     #  

Wow, five posts. I think that's a record. (Dare I hit 'Post' again?)

posted by MsArcher on Dec 29, 2016 at 02:07:25 pm     #  

Agreed that vermin such as mice and rats might find the easy access to your house very inviting. Cats may or may not take care of the problem: they certainly cannot get to all the places that rodents can hide.

We used to have occasional mice problems. When we gutted and remodeled the kitchen, we noticed a small hole behind a kitchen cabinet that apparently was Mouse Freeway. I added oak baseboards behind the cabinets, and we have not seen a mouse in the house in years.

posted by historymike on Dec 29, 2016 at 04:17:11 pm     #  

Had a similar prob until switched to voting indy.

posted by Mariner on Dec 30, 2016 at 10:11:32 am     #   1 person liked this

Mariner posted at 10:11:32 AM on Dec 30, 2016:

Had a similar prob until switched to voting indy.

Ha!
Ha!Ha!
Ha!Ha!Ha!

Nice one. I needed a good laugh this morning.

posted by madjack on Dec 30, 2016 at 10:26:12 am     #