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    Question Dog door flap ideas?

    We have a dog door that leads through the wall into our laundry room so our two outside dogs (Corgi and Golden) can come in out of the weather, eat, etc. The dog door is a medium/ small. My golden can get through fine but because of her size she is pretty hard on the flaps. She runs about 60lbs so her back drags as she comes in. After a very short time the doors are gone and or breaking off.

    The flaps for those things run around $60 - $70. I would have to replace these a couple of times a year. I’ve been looking at heavy plastics to replace this thing cheaper and with more life but cant seep to come up with anything. I bought a heavy rubber door mat and cut the shape out. It was only $10 and I could get three out of the one mat. However, floor mats are made from recycled rubber so it lasted all of 2 months from the swinging back and forth.

    I need a solid piece of flexible plastic or rubber in either clear, smoke, gray, or black. It needs to be pretty tough because of my big girl. I thought about using belts from a round baler but they have a natural curve so they wouldn’t seal against the frame of the flap..

    Ive looked online and found things that looked like they would work OK but they were the same stinking price as the door flaps!

    Any ideas? Because she is so hard on the door I hate to put yet another $60 flap in and have to replace it 3-4 months down the road...
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    Used old baler belts for our doghouses here, worked great.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jeramie View Post
    I thought about using belts from a round baler but they have a natural curve so they wouldn’t seal against the frame of the flap..
    Those belts are pretty heavy Jeramie. They should straighten out, I know the ones I used for the doghouses did.
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    I thought about holding them over a fire and trying to take the curve out of them... I may look for an old belt while im at the ranch this weekend hunting.

    Still open to ideas.
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    The baler belts should uncurl Jeramie. Another thought might be to try to find a piece/section of conveyor belting like factories use. Had access to some not too terribly long back, all I have now though is old baler belts and I do have a couple of them in the garage.
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    we have a couple of round balers. Its probably been a few years since we changed belts. I'll see what we have this weekend. That may just be the ticket. They probably arent wide enough but I can hang two together...
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    Don't remember for sure, but thinking the vermeer belting is 10 inch. Had the narrow belts and changed it over.

    Just did a quick look on ebay for conveyor belting and saw a few places that had cut to length in various widths, might be worth checking if the baler belts are not wide enough. Probably find exactly what you need and maybe get a little extra for down the road.
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    I have some of the door flap material I could prob send you to use. This is the stuff that is clear and hangs down in doorways in warehouses to allow forklift traffic/people to got through it while trying to keep the cold in/out. Let me know if you want to try it and I'll see if I can cut you a little.

    Flexible_strip_door_strip_curtain_for_warehouse.jpg

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    You're probably gonna have to bite the bullet and get a bigger door. I've got one my 80lb boxer used to use but we took it out after he passed away. I'd sell it cheap but I don't know how much shipping would be.

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    Quote Originally Posted by redkneck View Post
    I have some of the door flap material I could prob send you to use. This is the stuff that is clear and hangs down in doorways in warehouses to allow forklift traffic/people to got through it while trying to keep the cold in/out. Let me know if you want to try it and I'll see if I can cut you a little.

    Flexible_strip_door_strip_curtain_for_warehouse.jpg

    Let me try to find a round baler belt this weekend. If I do ill try it first before you put out the effort. If that doesnt work or seal up ill PM you...
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