"Assembly was straightforward, and everything fit as advertised."
By: Damon SmithAssembly was straightforward, and everything fit as advertised.
Review ID: 241
out of 5-stars.
"The doors work flawlessly. Just be prepared for the assembly."
By: Charlie ClarkeEnglish Cockers
. Owns 4 dogs. Hunts. My dogs love their new K9 Condos. I have Hound Heaters in the houses and my dogs stay toasty warm during my harsh winters. The doors work flawlessly. Just be prepared for the assembly. I bought 4 units and each took 3-4 hours to put together.
Review ID: 5098
out of 5-stars.
"Waiting to expand the kennel to add two more!"
By: Scott Morgan1 Lab/2 GSP
. Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Family pet. Waiting to expand the kennel to add two more!
Review ID: 5058
out of 5-stars.
"Easy to assemble with two people"
By: Cindy LeonardGerman wire haired pointer
. Hunts. This was easy to assemble with two people. We'll see if the dog likes it.
Review ID: 5296
out of 5-stars.
By: Harry Dixson From TX
Hunts. Perfect !
Review ID: 6381
out of 5-stars.
"It was easy to set up and will last a long time."
By: Kyle Borgstadt From MO
Owns 3 dogs. Hunts. Competes. I like the kondo dog house, and so far the dog does too. It was easy to set up and will last a long time.
Review ID: 3871
out of 5-stars.
Barrel Dog House KitRated stars from 1 user ratings.
K-9 Kondo Dog House Kit (Barrel NOT Included)
The best and most economical dog house available.
Allow 1-2 weeks for delivery
The attachments for the sundeck are included, but the plywood is not
Barrel must have a minimum bottom diameter of 21" and can have a maximum diameter of up to 24"
The Experts Know
The K-9 Kondo is the best and most economical dog house available. And you can find the proof in the kennels of some of today's most respected writers and dog owners. Here's why:
The K-9 Kondo is more than durable ...it's practically indestructible. It's rot-proof. Insect-proof. And it's the only dog house on the market guaranteed to be completely chew-proof. You'll never need another dog house.
And the K-9 Kondo is convenient. It's lightweight, so it can be moved to or from a truck with ease. And clean-up is a breeze. You don't have to worry about water absorbing into a wooden floor. Or even moving it, for that matter. Simply clean inside or underneath with a spray of the hose.
Feature for feature, the K-9 Kondo is superior to other manufactured dog houses costing twice as much. And since it will last a lifetime, the K-9 Kondo even offers substantial savings - time, energy, and money - over a homemade dog house that will need to be replaced.
Dogs Love It
K-9 Kondo isn't just preferred by dog owners. It's preferred by dogs, as well. When given the choice, dogs almost always choose the comfort of the K-9 Kondo over other types of dog houses. Here's why:
Dogs prefer to sleep in shallow, curved holes. The curved interior surface of the K-9 Kondo effectively satisfies this natural "nesting" preference. As a result, dogs take to the K-9 Kondo better than any other type of dog house. And they stay more comfortable, too.
With the K-9 Kondo, your dog won't have to worry about freezing his or her tail off. Guaranteed "Winter Warm," tests show the K-9 Kondo equals or exceeds the warmth of other manufactured houses.
The K-9 Kondo is even guaranteed to be "Summer Cool." With a unique ventilation system and heat shield deck, the interior stays within two degrees of shade temperature, even in direct sunlight. And dogs just love to sun themselves on the deck.
Unlike other dog house flaps and doors that actually channel rain inside, the K-9 Kondo rain shield and door prevents even wind-driven rain from getting inside. And even with six inches of standing water outside, the K-9 Kondo will keep your dog dry as a bone -- the door height is 9 1/2" above ground.
Satisfaction Is Guaranteed
If you - or your dog - are not completely satisfied with the K-9 Kondo, return it within 30-days for a full refund of the purchase price. No questions asked. What's more, each K-9 Kondo comes backed by a Five Year Manufacturer's Guarantee.
For dogs up to 110 pounds
55 gallon plastic barrel NOT INCLUDED
Plywood for optional sundeck not included
Read Steve's article on Making Your Dog Den Last Forever.
Wear gloves and eye protection during assembly.
DO NOT USE BARRELS WHICH HAVE CONTAINED HARMFUL SUBSTANCES.
Step 1 -- Stand the barrel on end. Make sure the end with the two removable plugs is on the bottom.
Step 2 -- Locate the top end's center and draw an 18" diameter circle (Fig 2). Near the edge of the scribed circle drill one 3/8" or larger hole.
Step 3 -- Insert the saw blade through the 3/8" hole and cut the 18" circle. Remove the waste from the barrel.
Step 4 -- Attach the cowl/door assembly to the adapter plate with ten #10x32x1/4" machine bolts, lock washers and nuts. Insure that the door swings freely without striking the adapter plate before fully tightening. Place the adapter plate/door assembly to the side for the time being.
Step 5 -- Place the metal leg bracket on top of the plastic legs as shown in fig.3. Align the top holes of the plastic leg with those of the leg bracket. Fasten the metal leg brackets and leg braces to the plastic leg stands with the 10x32x1 1/4" bolts, nuts and lock washers as shown in fig. 3. Using 4 1/2" screws attach the four metal chew guards as shown in fig. 5.
Step 6 -- Place the leg stand on a flat level surface. A work surface at waist height will make assembly much more convenient.
Step 7 -- Center the barrel on the leg stand as shown in figure 3. IMPORTANT NOTICE: Insure that the barrel is attached correctly to the stand. The stand should rest slightly forward of the barrel's horizontal center. If it is placed to far rearward, it will rock when the dog enters and exits the Kondo. Failure to attach it properly will cause the stand to eventually fail as a result of metal fatigue.
Step 8 -- Adjust the barrel so that the barrel's seam is level with the work surface as shown in figure 3.
Step 9 -- Mark upon the barrel the location of the holes on each leg bracket for attaching the barrel. Drill one 3/16" hole at the location of each mark. (Helpful hint: place a light inside the barrel near the point to be drilled. The light will show you where to drill and eliminate the need to mark it.)
Step 10 -- Attach the barrel to the leg stand by inserting, from the inside of the barrel, one #10x32x1/2 bolt through each hole and leg bracket. Attach the lock washers and machine nuts and tighten firmly. Place the brace support on the center of the outside surface of the brace ensuring that the bend faces inward as shown in fig. 5. With the support centered and flush with the brace, raise the support so the bend makes full contact with the barrel. Mark the location of the attachment holes upon the brace and drill one 3/16" hole at each mark. Attach the support with two 1/4" bolts, lockwashers and nuts. Finger tighten only. With the top of the support flush with the barrel, drill one 3/16" hole at the location of each mounting hole. Attach the support's top with two 3/8" bolts, lockwashers, and nuts. Insure that the bolts are inserted from the inside of the barrel. Firmly tighten all bolts. Attach the chew guards with screws as shown in fig. 5.
Step 11 -- Center the vent cover at the top edge as shown in fig. 3. Mark the outline of the vent cover and cut the ventilation hole smaller than the size of the cover. An area of at least six square inches is required for adequate winter ventilation. Additional ventilation may be necessary for larger dogs. Attach the vent cover with two #8x1/4" screws and lock washers. Cut and install a piece of a furnace filter between the vent cover and barrel if blowing snow occurs in your area.
COMPLETE THE FOLLOWING IF THE SUN DECK IS INSTALLED:
Step 1 -- Obtain one piece of exterior grade plywood that measures at least 2' x 3' x 1/2" minimum (5/8" or 3/4" is better). The wider the deck the more shade the Kondo will receive. Remember that the leg stand must be as wide as the plywood deck. Be sure to round the deck's corners.
Step 2 -- Draw a centerline lengthwise on the plywood. Draw two lines from side to side six inches from each end, see fig. 4. Place the deck brackets facing each other centered on the centerline. See fig. 4.
Step 3 -- Mark the location of the deck bracket holes on the plywood. Drill through the plywood with a 3/16" bit at each mark. Attach the deck brackets to the plywood with four #10x32x3/4" machine bolts.
IMPORTANT NOTICE: If additional ventilation is desired, holes should now be placed on the top of the barrel. If the K-9 Kondo is used as a carrier, insure that a minimum of 144 square inches in vent area is provided under the deck. Two inch hole saw work well for cutting vent holes. Make certain that added vent holes are covered by the sun deck.
Step 4 -- Center the sun deck on the top of the barrel and mark the locations for drilling the holes. Drill one 3/16" hole through the barrel at the location of each deck bracket hole.
Step 5 -- Attach the sun deck to the barrel using four #10x32x1/2" bolts, lockwashers and nuts. Make certain that the bolts are inserted from inside the barrel.
Step 12 -- Drill 3/8" to 3/4" drainage holes spaced 2" to 4" apart in the underside of the barrel. Several holes should be placed near the front.
Step 13 -- Align the adapter plate's 3 & 9 o'clock holes with the barrels seams and attach with twelve #8x1/4" screws.
Step 14 -- Make sure that your dog's standing shoulder height is not above the top of the rain cowl. Raise the Kondo's base to be slightly above, or equal to, the height of his back above the shoulder.
1. Install plenty of bedding frequently and add to it. Change your dog's bedding at least once every ten days. Your dog will compress and build his own nest. Prairie or marsh hay is the best bedding to use. Straw and wood shavings are poor alternatives as they tend to stick to the dog, retain moisture, and do not nest well. Do not use dog pillows or blankets as the ticking compresses in the center and is pushed to the edge of the pillowcase.
2. Lock the door open for the dog to enter and exit at will or force your dog through the door several times so that it may learn how the door operates. The K-9 Kondo works well with dogs on chain or cable. Plastic covered chain or cable will help protect the zinc plating from chain abrasion.
3. Clean the barrel often with soap and water. High-pressure car wash systems work well. Water will not harm any part of the K-9 Kondo.
4. Ventilate your K-9 Kondo to fit your dogs needs. NEVER LEAVE DOGS LOCKED IN ANY DOG CARRIER, EVEN A K-9 KONDO, IN DIRECT SUN OR IN ENCLOSED AREAS SUCH AS PICKUP TOPPER COVERED BEDS OR VANS.
5. Remember that ventilation is as important in winter as it is in summer. Your dog can't stay warm in wet bedding as a result of condensation. Adequate ventilation will prevent condensation and keep your dog warm. DRY BEDDING IS THE BEST FORM OF INSULATION FOR YOUR DOG.
6. Application of linseed oil to the sun deck will prolong the life of the plywood. Apply several times each year.
APPLY SILICONE GREASE BETWEEN THE HINGE PIN AND RUBBER BUSHING SEVERAL TIMES EACH YEAR. REPEAT THIS STEP MORE OFTEN IF THE DOOR RECEIVES HEAVY USE.
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