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Methods For Constructing Exterior Doors In Developed Basements


It’s excellent when basements are finished. If, for some unfortunate reason, your home lacks a basement entrance, you can always construct one. The work is not without its challenges, though. You’ll need to break through the basement wall to remove the dirt. It takes incredible shovelfuls to fill a wheelbarrow, even though each isn’t particularly heavy. What about the loads that require a wheelbarrow to transport? Keeping a tally is terrifying.

Use some common sense. Before chipping away at blocks, have a builder or architect look it over. They should have experience with finished basements that have exterior basement exits. If money is tight, do the digging yourself; otherwise, engage a professional. A backhoe and a laborer can complete the work in two hours. Otherwise, get a six-pack, some sandwiches, and a phone and call everyone you’ve ever known. Those with finished basements will feel your pain.

Prepare the foundation wall for the entryway by excavating a square about 5 feet on a side. (Given that you have a typical finished basement six to nine feet underneath.) To be safe, include a 45-degree slope around the sides.

Make a hole in the basement wall with a sledgehammer and some Mason’s chisels. If you have the foresight to undertake the work inside rather than in the filth outdoors, as with every finished basement, you can keep your balance and avoid falling over.

One of those slanted hatchway doors will undoubtedly be used to seal off the opening. Get precise measurements by consulting the manufacturer’s documentation. An extension of the foundation can be built by filling the hole you dug with masonry blocks. Finished basements come in a wide range of sizes, so it’s difficult to provide precise dimensions without first viewing the space in question.

From the base of the hole with rough wood, then fill it with concrete. The wall should be stacked with the joints staggered for maximum strength. Use a strong adhesive to join the new block to the existing home base. Apply the black, gummy foundation coating designed for this purpose carefully to the masonry’s outside to ensure it remains watertight. Water damage to finished basements is possible and should be prevented by applying a membrane of many layers of saturated asphalt paper and mastic. Once the new foundation walls are in place, the soil may be shoveled back up against them.

In my experience with finished basements, installing the hatchway door only takes approximately four hours. An excellent place to start listening would be behind a weathered wooden cover on outdoor basement steps. After you have removed the previous clutter, the process remains the same.

Take it out of the box and put together the framework. If you want the device to fit snugly against the siding of your home, you should set up the frame on top of the masonry and make a mark there. Get rid of the shingles or clapboards. If your home is made of brick or stone, you can skip this stage; the same goes for particular finished basements. Fasten the doors to the frame and wiggle it ever-so-slightly to check for squareness and correct door alignment.

Carefully take the doors off the hinges so as not to displace the frame. A few openings can be seen towards the foot of the frame. Make a notation of their location on the underlying masonry. To install expanding plugs, slide away the frame and drill holes into the masonry. Put the frame back together, reconnect the wires, and tighten the screws. Reattach the doors and other hardware that was removed. Final steps: caulk the structure to seal it from the elements and install new siding if necessary.

You now have the entry to your basement and may compete with the best-finished basements with outside access by adding some steps if necessary.


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