Please note that we do offer delivery and assembly if you prefer to have PetQuarters, LLC professionals assemble your pet home on your property. Also, the consumer is responsible to obtain any permits which might be needed before the installation of a PetQquarters.
Note: Prior to assembly, be sure to take a few minutes to view the video on the steps to construct the PetQuarters. Additionally, be sure to follow the Site Preparation steps listed to the right.
Please use the gloves provided; some pieces may have sharp edges and with any wood structure there is always the potential for splinters.
Some pieces are heavy; if you are not in good physical condition, get some help. Most pieces can be lifted by two people who are in good physical condition. Some pieces will require more people. Please don’t attempt to carry any piece by yourself.
We recommend you build a cement paver base for your PetQuarters. This will keep moisture out of the house and your pet happier. Our recommendation is to get five 2X4X8 ft pressure treated wood studs. Nail the ends together to make an 8 ft by 8 ft square. Put the square on the ground were you want your PetQuarters to be, make sure it is within the length of the power cord you ordered. Using a level and the extra 2X4, level the 8 ft X 8 ft square by removing dirt under the studs. Remove any dirt from within the square that is within 2 inches from the top of the square. Now add stone screenings or sand to within 1 inch of the top of the square and level, place the cement pavers within the square.
Step 1 - Base Assembly
The Base assembly is the only piece with an unpainted side. Once you’ve located it carry it over to where you intend the house to be placed. Set it down with the unpainted side down and the side with the cutout for the opening for your pet facing in the direction that you want it to face. Attached to the base is a length of string that is the length of the electrical cord that the pet house has installed. Stretch the string out from the rear corner of the base assembly that you specified. Make sure that it reaches the electrical outlet. If not now is the time to move the base assembly so that it does.
If you have not built a stone base to put the base assembly on you will need to level the base assembly. Remove dirt from under the base assembly to level it. The base needs to be level. If the pet house is not level water may drip into it from the HVAC unit.
Step 2 - Walls
Look down at the base assembly, you will notice that each side is lettered A thru D. The four walls are also lettered A thru D. The wall bottom has exterior siding extend down and locating holes that go on the pins sticking up from the base assembly the top of the walls have alignment pins installed for the HVAC pallet. Walls A and B also have metal strips extending down on their ends. Place walls A and B on to their respective location; make sure that the locating pins are in the holes in the wall base. You may need to tap the walls down so the walls are against the base assembly. Secure the metal straps to the base assembly, they should line up with the holes in the base assembly if the walls are fully against the base assembly. Us 12 countersunk screws from the hardware container. The process is the same for walls C and D but without the metal straps. As stated before the top of each wall has multiple pins sticking out; these locate the walls to the HVAC pallet assembly.
Step 3 - HVAC Pallet
The HVAC pallet has the heating and air conditioning unit (HVAC unit) attached to it as well as the ducting. The end without the HVAC unit is the end that goes over the pet opening; it extends about ½ foot out from the wall. The end with HVAC unit extends out from the rear wall about 1 inch. Caution; this is the heaviest piece around 180 pounds and requires a minimum of three strong people to handle. Position the HVAC unit on the walls as described above. Warning; be careful with your fingers this is a pinch point. Align the pins to their respective holes by looking down the ½ inch holes in the pallet and gently tap the walls inward to help align the pins to their holes. The HVAC pallet when properly positioned will be flush to the top of the walls there should be no gap. After the HVAC pallet is in place locate the four ¼ x 4 1/2 Lag bolts and washers and at each corner locate the hole marked bolt. Install a Lag Bolt at each location. Now cut the straps holding the electrical cord to the HVAC pallet and lead it out to the outlet you’re using. If you have had to tip the HVAC pallet on its side to get it through an opening please allow one hour before you plug in and start the HVAC unit, this allows any liquid Freon to get back to where it needs to be, if it doesn’t damage can occur.
Step 4 - Roof Panels
Note; roof shingles are easily damaged and they extend past the edges of the structure. You will notice that the roof panels are hung in the shipping container this is so the edges do not touch anything. Also you cannot handle the edge of the shingles; you must hold the panel below the shingles on the metal drip edge.
Locate the four pins in the hardware box and place one at each hinge half on the HVAC pallet. Carefully remove the shorter of the two roof panels from the container; it’s the one without the overhang. Do not set it down; carry it directly to the pet house and install it on the left side as you are facing the front of the structure. Align the hinges and push the pins into place. Gently pivot the top of the panel inward until it rest against the HVAC pallet structure. Install the last roof panel the same way but as you gently lower it down you will need to move the other panel slightly until the pins engage at the roof peak. Locate the two triangular panels and the 4, ¼ x 3 inch countersunk screws in the hardware box. Install these at the peak of the roof, they lock the two roof panels in place and must be installed to insure roof security.
We recommend that you first make sure that where you intend to place the PetQuarters home is within the distance of the cord that is supplied (20 feet) or the optional cord that you ordered (40 or 90 feet) of the electrical outlet you intend to use. Once the home is assembled it is quite heavy to move (not recommended). Warning: use of any extension cords will void our warranty and is a potential fire hazard.
The site needs to be level. The HVAC unit extracts moisture from the air in the summertime. That water accumulates in a tray; if the unit is not reasonably level that water may spill out of the tray and into the house.
Electrical. Ideally a single use 20 amp outside receptacle should be used if you intend to plug anything else into the PetQuarters electrical system. In heating mode the HVAC unit draws about 12 amps so there is some reserve capacity. The longer the cord is to the PetQuarters the less reserve capacity there will be. A 20 amp outside receptacle that is in line with other receptacles can be used as long as whatever else is on the circuit does not draw an excessive amount of current. You will not be able to plug anything else into the PetQuarters electrical system. Remember that the circuit breaker in your house will disconnect any load greater than what it’s rated at, so if it trips you’re drawing too much current.