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saturn78 05-09-2010 06:56 PM

egress window wall
I'm putting in 2 egress windows in my basement and want to build a small wall around it (3 X 2 feet). About 25% of the window is above ground, in the end I'll have to dig about 30 inches. My window cranks open outside. The window wells that I see in stores are a little expensive. I was searching in the internet and found this link - One of the picture shows landscape timber being used for the well walls. This would work excellent for me as I'm thinking it would end up cheaper for me. I have some questions - I'd appreciate answers for any of them.
1. Why is landscape timber cheaper ($3.97) compared to almost similar sized treated lumber ($25). I think both of them are treated isn't it?
2. What are the precautions and preparations I need to do so that the landscape timber doesn't rot in 2/3 years?
3. I'm planning to prime & paint the landscape timber before using it to build the mini wall. Would a normal wood paint/primer work?
Thank You for the time.

oh'mike 05-10-2010 05:16 AM

Landscape timbers are cut from very small trees.--PULPWOOD--That's why they are cheap.

The wood is very fast to rot--No way to stop it. Big mistake to use them for holding back the earth in your window wells.

Use the steel corrugated window wells--You don't want to add another high maintenance item to your home.


mark942 05-10-2010 05:27 AM

Use used rail road ties. not the prettiest looking, but no worries about rot for years.........:thumbsup:

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