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Old 06-25-2012, 08:33 AM   #16
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The OP is referencing and Okna 2-Lite slider.

A 42" RO will not get him the net 20" clear he will need nor would it get him the net 20" clear with removing 1 of the sashes.

Both would have to come out to give him the 20" min.

I would make the opening a casement operator and pad out the opening to get it to a 36" rough opening.

If he did that with the egress hardware, it would give him a net clear opening width of 28.75" and a net height of 36.75" (well with the 20" width and 24" height mins) for a total 7.3 ft2.

At that point, he doesn't need to do anything to the opening but turn the crank.

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R310.1 Emergency escape and rescue required. Basements, habitable attics and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency escape and rescue opening. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, emergency egress and rescue openings shall be required in each sleeping room. Where emergency escape and rescue openings are provided they shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches (1118 mm) above the floor. Where a door opening having a threshold below the adjacent ground elevation serves as an emergency escape and rescue opening and is provided with a bulkhead enclosure, the bulkhead enclosure shall comply with Section R310.3. The net clear opening dimensions required by this section shall be obtained by the normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening from the inside. Emergency escape and rescue openings with a finished sill height below the adjacent ground elevation shall be provided with a window well in accordance with Section R310.2. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall open directly into a public way, or to a yard or court that opens to a public way.

Exception: Basements used only to house mechanical equipment and not exceeding total floor area of 200 square feet (18.58 m2).

R310.1.1 Minimum opening area. All emergency escape and rescue openings shall have a minimum net clear opening of 5.7 square feet (0.530 m2).

Exception: Grade floor openings shall have a minimum net clear opening of 5 square feet (0.465 m2). R310.1.2 Minimum opening height. The minimum net clear opening height shall be 24 inches (610 mm). R310.1.3 Minimum opening width. The minimum net clear opening width shall be 20 inches (508 mm). R310.1.4 Operational constraints. Emergency escape and rescue openings shall be operational from the inside of the room without the use of keys, tools or special knowledge.
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Old 06-25-2012, 09:14 PM   #18
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ok, guys. so, how wide would a slider need to be to be compliant ? i will frame the wall to fit whatever i choose. i just would not like the window to take up most of that wall.

on a side note. basement egress. is a regular door leading directly outside good enough for egress code ? or is another egress needed ?
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Basement door could open outwards, unless a slider. Worst thing you want, is for someone in a panic, trying to push a door open, when they have to pull it. The Hilton we stayed at recently, had LED lighting towards the base of the door to light it, along with a sign close to the lower 12 inches, so that a person crawling along the floor can see that it was a exit.
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Basement door should open outwards
let me ask you this. how many residential entrance doors do you know of, that open outwards ?
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let me ask you this. how many residential entrance doors do you know of, that open outwards ?
Never stated that they had too, just suggested it for the basement. And who says that you have to also follow everything by the T, that is stated on the Internet. Geesh.
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well, i am just wondering if i need to add another basement egress. but i think the door is just fine. there is no sleeping down there. unless i pass out from drinking too much

now, back to the bedroom windows. i think i could do 4' wide. but that is pushing it.

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