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Old 11-20-2010, 09:06 AM   #1
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What are the height restrictions on finishing a basement? I believe it is a minimal of 7'. My question really i s can I get a variance to finish a basement with a height that ranges from 6'10" to 6'11". Also is it possible to rent a concrete grinder and take the slab down 1" - 2" if a variance cannot be done?

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Old 11-20-2010, 03:08 PM   #2
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What are the height restrictions on finishing a basement? I believe it is a minimal of 7'. My question really i s can I get a variance to finish a basement with a height that ranges from 6'10" to 6'11". Also is it possible to rent a concrete grinder and take the slab down 1" - 2" if a variance cannot be done?

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Basement height restrictions can best be addressed by your local code enforcement official. Yes you can rent a concrete grinder.
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Old 11-20-2010, 04:02 PM   #4
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Might it be cheaper/easier to bust the whole floor out, dig down a bit, and replace it? No idea what this is, but you could then run PEX in the new floor, too.
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Also is it possible to rent a concrete grinder and take the slab down 1" - 2"
Ayuh,... You can rent grinders, millers, 'n saws, but the task is incomprehensible...

Definitely easy to start over..
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yeah i was very hopeful though. i know it sounded dumb to do that but it wont be worth chopping the floor out and digging. thanks anyway everyone.
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You would contact your local code office for the variance question.
The concrete grinder suggestion is ill advised at best and probably violates code.
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I've seen on-line basement remodeling guides for a number of counties. Check your local ".gov" site.

My county allows permits without drawings (and a very cheap permit!) for basements that comply with their "standards." Guidelines include ceiling height, egress rules, nailing intervals, electrical panel locations, clearance around furnace, and more. Height in my county is 7' and allows 6'6" around beams no closer than 3' apart.

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