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MyFathersSon

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03-27-2012 08:44 PM

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I have been asked to build a pet gate to allow the cats the run of the house while keeping the dogs confined to one side.
This is to replace a commercial metal gate they have in place.

While this is specifically a PET gate—- and their are no babies in the household -
I am concerned that funcitionally it is a baby gate – and there may be times when babies may be present when the gate is closed.
SO—my question is—
Where can I find specifics as to government or industry standards for baby gates.
So far the best I can find are general suggestions that the slats should not be over 3” apart.

THAT would not be a problem—I had already planned 2.5” spacing to match the spacing of the commercial gate.
My biggest concern is the opening they want to allow the cats through—-
This would be a 5.75” square opening centered at the bottom (and possibly centered across the top as a design feature).
My question is——
WOULD this opening fit within accepted safety standards?

ALSO—for any of you who build these—-
Do you have the customer sign a waiver/reliease of liablity since your products have not been certified by any agency?

Any input would be most welcome.

THANKS

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#1 posted 03-27-2012 09:05 PM

How tall will this gate be? Most cats will easily jump over an obstruction that leaves a dog behind.

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#2 posted 03-27-2012 09:15 PM

If I remember right (and I just built one so I should know), it must be < 3” off the floor. I know for a fact that the slats just have to be < 6” apart. Either way, the cat will jump over it…they are cats. Unless this thing is morbidly obese, but then the 6” dimensions not gonna work for him either.

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MyFathersSon

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#3 posted 03-29-2012 04:18 AM

Thanks—
Leaving the slats all full length and 2.5” apart (matching the existing metal gate) and letting the cat jump the 30” gate was one of several ideas brainstormed.

I got the idea for the opening from a company online that makes custom baby/pet gates—
It addressed her issue—and it added s Craftsman design touch. (The house is a 1920s bungalow)
Their opening though was 8×10 and that would not keep her dogs out.

Matching the existing commercial gate would be one way to be sure to be within standards—and that is what I am going to recommend. Wish me luck.

Floor is still open to suggestions where I can find speciific guidelines.

THANKS AGAIN

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#4 posted 03-29-2012 04:23 AM

I would maybe go to walmart or some local store that sells baby gates and measure them! If its sold in your state, then it must be legal for your state!

I would imagine that 6” space between slats would be way too large of a gap. In Iowa, I’m pretty sure all railing spindles have to be 3” apart (dont quote me on that). You dont want some little baby’s head getting stuck between them!

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#5 posted 03-29-2012 05:02 AM

The owner isnt expressing any concern on the baby front—because she doesnt have one.
But – I have to figure she might have guests who would—and you are right—I would not want anyone being injured on something I built if it could be prevented.

And I agree about the 6” guideline.
The most liberal specs I can find suggest less than 3”
Which raises concerns with me over the ‘cat hole’.
I can’t find any reference anywhere as to the minimum opening allowed above 3”

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