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Dog Den + Assembly Instructions




Before inserting rivets ream the holes with a 9/64” bit to ensure a perfect fit.

1.  Attach a wall panel to the side tab of the back wall with three rivets.  There are two holes on the bottom, middle, and top of the panel.  Use only the bottom holes. Align the bottom hole of the wall panel with the bottom hole of the tab on the back wall and attach with a rivet.  Repeat this step with the next two holes and then with the front wall frame and other wall panel.  It is helpful to have someone steady the back wall and front frame when attaching the wall.  Fig 1.

2.  Attach two plastic or treated wood skids.  Use two 1 x 6’s measuring 31 5/8” in length.  Insert a screw into the side of the skid through the hole in the side of the frame. Fig . 2.  As an alternate the unit can be supported with four pieces of plastic or treated wood measuring 3/4 “ x  2 3/4 “ by 5 1/2 “ Attach a chew guard to each corner with one screw on the side and one on the front side. Fig. 3.

3. Attach the front support brace to the walls as shown in Fig. 4.  Make sure that the brace is square to the wall.  Use the pilot holes as a guide to attach the support brace. Two screws will pass through the bend of the metal wall and attach to the skid.  With a 9/64” drill bit drill two holes to attach with rivets. The screws will self tap through the metal or use a 1/16” drill bit to pre-drill the holes. Fig 5.

4.  Install the plastic wall.  Slide one end of the wall down the wall channel and then the other making sure that the plastic is under the tab on the back wall.  

5.  Insert the foam wall insulation.  The wall pieces measure 31 1/2 x 22.  Slide one side down between the plastic and side wall and flush with the bottom.  Repeat for the other wall.

6.  Attach the front tab to the front wall frame with two rivets. Fig 6. Do not rivet the center hole. Slide the top foam insulation panel which measures 31 1/2  x 16 under the rear and front tab. Cover the curved spaces between the foam insulation with the two pieces of the flexible Reflectix insulation.

7.  Attach the top to the shell.  The back edge of the top has two holes near the edge. The top has a hem on the front and back edge that slides over a notch in the hem on the wall on the front and back of the wall Fig. 6A & 6B.  Begin by aligning the top holes with the back wall tab and attach with two rivets.  Repeat this step with the two holes which attach the top to the front wall.  Align the holes on the side of the top with the wall and install the rivets.  Repeat this step with the remaining wall.  

8.  Attach the front wall to the pan by aligning the bottom five holes and attaching with rivets.  Attach the right and left gussets to the pan with rivets. With the gussets at a right angle with the pan use the three holes on each side as pilot holes and drill 9/64” holes and attach with rivets. Fig. 7     

9.  With the adhesive side down attach the weatherstripping to the inside bottom perimeter of the side, back, and support brace.  Fig. 8.

10.  Insert the sleeping box into the shell.  Mark the location of the hole at the top of the front wall.  Center the hasp on the mark and use the two holes to locate where to drill the 9/64” holes.  Attach the hasp with rivets.  Fig. 6, 9, 10.

11. Attach the weatherstripping to the front frame. Fig. 10      

12. Attach the door/cowl assembly to the wall with ten # 10 x ¼ inch machine bolts, lock washers and nuts.  Insure that the door swings freely without striking the front plate before fully tightening.  Adjust the door/cowl assembly on center if clearance is needed.  Securely tighten all fasteners. For detailed video instructions see https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=1&v=_6r8s6WKqMc

The rubber door bushings are a consumable part, much like tires on an automobile that is not covered under the manufacturer’s warranty. Replacement rubber bushings sell for $10.00 for a pack of 10 bushings and be ordered at www.k-9kondo.com or by telephone at 308-532-4551.  Lubricate them often with silicone lubricant to increase serviceability.

Use high quality grass hay for bedding (prairie, marsh, timothy, or brome grass hay).  Do not use pillows or blankets as they can jamb the door and prevent the dog from getting out.  Wood chips; straw, clover, and alfalfa are poor bedding alternatives.  Change bedding often.  
308-532-4551 – www.k-9kondo.com
K-9 Kondo Inc., 9129 E. Ehler Rd, Stapleton, Ne  69163

Cordless or electric drill            Philips head screwdriver
Pop rivet tool with 1/16 “ mandrel    9/64” drill bit
3/8” box end wrench or crescent wrench