Carlson 0941PW Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door, White

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  2. 31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
    3.0 out of 5 stars
    Not good for cats and dogs, October 20, 2008
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    J. Moorcroft (New Jersey) –
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    This review is from: Carlson 0941PW Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door, White (Misc.)

    I just installed my new gate. First, you HAVE to screw it into the wall as you can’t tighten the top without blocking the door (I accidentally snapped the handle due to pressure, thankfully the handle still works). Second,once installed it looked great until I opened the cat door and my 45lb Aussie Shepard/Spaniel mix jumped through the cat door. It was very funny as I bought the gate to keep the dogs out of the cat room. We are going to do some D-I-Y to make the cat door smaller. I would buy the gate again (I can’t find anything on the market as good as this one) but I would be prepared to do some adjustments.

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  3. 60 of 64 people found the following review helpful
    1.0 out of 5 stars
    Details & worrisome issue, December 23, 2008
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    D. McInnis (Rochester, NY, USA) –
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    This review is from: Carlson 0941PW Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door, White (Misc.)

    UPDATE:
    This morning I found one of the cats with her head stuck through the gate. She got panicky and struggled for a few seconds to escape. (This is a fully grown, typical sized house cat.) I’ll have to add some extra bars or a panel to the gate to make it safe, it’ll be easier than returning it and buying something else.

    If you have cats, please consider some other gate.

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    ORIGINAL POST:
    I’d have given this gate 4 stars, if there had been more details in the product description.

    One Way:
    This gate opens in only one direction. Of course, you could install it to open in the direction of your choice.

    The latching mechanism:
    Refer to the product picture. On top, the red bit is a spring-loaded release that locks the lever in the closed position. The lever is the diagonal bit you see (above the part with the blue sticker). It is all plastic and works the all plastic latch. The connection between the two has worked fine so far, but looks like a weak link to me.
    It can be managed with one hand. If it is fully locked, you hold back the red lock with your thumb and forefinger, while lifting the lever (free swinging) with your pinky. We just forego using the lock and so only have to lift the lever.

    Installation:
    Easy & fast on your own, but a second pair of hands is nice.
    Without the “cups”, this requires no tools and should take less time than it did to unpack the gate.
    …however….
    Your gonna want to use the cups (or alter the pads to be sticky), at least on the top.
    Your first thought on seeing the latch may be, “uh oh.. we got a problem..”.
    Back to the picture.. the bottom has a solid bar all the way across, right? So the lower pads (the bits that hold the gate against in the door frame) have solid backing.
    The upper pads aren’t so lucky. You can’t have a bar all the way across here, so the gate frame has to push against the upper pads like a spring.
    Without the pressure from these pads there’s a large gap at the latch.
    This is by design.
    As you tighten the upper pads the gap will close.

    The “cups”:
    The cups are simply plastic receptacles that attach to the door frame with a single screw. The gate’s pads then fit into the cups, which stops them from sliding around.
    Like other, we found that without at least the top cups installed the gate would easily slip and could fall out of the door frame. Installing the cups was very easy with someone holding the gate in place. I expect repairing the door frame when the gate is no longer needed to be trivial. A dab of any kind of filler and a drop of paint.

    Overall:
    The gate works well. The cats don’t even try to jump it, nor would it be likely they could get their heads stuck in it. (I *would* worry if we had kittens.)
    It’s a very simple, if not crude, hinge. Meaning it’s likely to be reliable, but it does make some sound… think of an old garden gate squeaking open. (a tiny bit of lubricant is probably all it needs)
    The majority of the gate is metal with a nice paint finish.
    The tensioners for the pad are plastic or nylon. They could probably be easy to strip. Maybe tightening the top pads first would provide an idea of how tight to go since it’s regulated by the latch gap.
    The walk-thru gate latches with a spring loaded pin.

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  4. 40 of 40 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Finally!, July 24, 2008
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    J. Rollings (Milwaukee, WI) –
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    This review is from: Carlson 0941PW Extra-Tall Walk-Thru Gate with Pet Door, White (Misc.)

    This was the tallest gate I could find, it’s metal, so it’s really heavy-duty, it has a door, so no more stepping over and it has a cat-door. This gate has everything you need if you own a big dog and cat – it’s such a relief! It solved all our problems with one gate and the cat-door was a clever bonus.

    My only concern is that if you brace the gate in the doorway with tension as tightly as you’d like, the door won’t open – basically the tension pinches the gate sides against the person-door – and I don’t really see a way around that, design-wise. So our gate is in place with a little less tension than we would like since it’s meant to keep a big dog contained, but they do provide you with holders that you would have to screw into the doorways to hold the gate in place, which we plan on doing if our dog figures out that she could probably get the gate out of the doorway if she put in a little effort.

    It also comes with an extension for wider doorways, which we didn’t need – think you can buy a height extender, for extra big dogs as well. Another note is that there’s a bar across the bottom, so you need to step over that, which I don’t consider to be an issue. Lastly, I like the gate latch in that it has a little spring-lock mechanism which is kind of nice – mostly we don’t latch it all the way to trigger that – we just shut-and-latch rather than triggering the lock – the spring-lock has however, confused some of our slower friends.

    Oh – one more thing! This gate is not built for big people! I was surprised by how narrow the person-door is! If you look at the photo you can probably see that it’s not very roomy – I guess we’d need to take it down if a larger person came over…?

    All things considered, I still think that this gate is the best combination of necessary elements, including price, and that there are work-arounds for its lesser-features. I’d recommend.

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