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Old 12-02-2013, 11:49 AM   #1
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Hi guys, I am curious how to go about placing a basement door at the entrance of my bilco doors. The stairs come past the wall so the door would need to be smaller and I believe that this is where a majority of my moisture is coming from in the basement so I was curious on what type of door i should use. I added a picture of the enclosure.basement door-basementdoor.jpg

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When you say "moisture" -
How much are you talking about?
Condensation - water flowing in???
How about some "pics" of the outside.

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Moisture as water in the air. I run a dehumidifier and I just meant that I think that area is the biggest culprit.
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Unlikely the lack of a door is the issue.
Lack of proper grading, no gutters, no waterproofing done on the outside of the foundation before back filling, no drain tiles are far more likely to be causing the issue.
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I would frame out some walls around the bottom of the staircase and allow for a min. 3x3 landing area. Insulate these walls and hang some sheetrock on the inside and maybe sheath the outside with plywood.

Now just install a normal exterior door and your problem should be solved.
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Good luck trying to find a stock door to fit that odd ball opening.
It's going to have to custom made.
That's the oddest basement entry way I've ever seen.
Someone messed up on that one.
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thanx everyone for the input I really appreciate it.
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You are going to need to contact someone specific to make that door if they can even cut it down.

I know a couple of manufactures that make their own slabs so they can do it.

How about just framing out the area a bit and inserting a piece of rigid foam that is tension fit to keep the air from moving.

I am with Joe that I don't think this will solve the moisture issue though. That being said, you won't have much invested to determine if the foam/air barrier is working.

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