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Old 10-05-2010, 04:01 PM   #1
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I recently excavated out a section of my basement so I could redo the drain tile and at the same time put in a walkout basement. My understanding is that I need to put in a frost wall 4' below grade. Is there anything more to the frost wall than brick and mortar?

My plan: pour in a footing, lay 8x16x8 brick with mortar up to the foundation (underneath).

Anything more?

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Old 10-05-2010, 04:10 PM   #2
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Are you in an area where you're supposed to comply with code? If so, first thing I'd do is take my ideas to the building dept to ask what permits will be required.

You might find interesting reading among these google hits:
http://www.google.com/search?q=shall...ient=firefox-a

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No - just trying to be safe and wise
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The frost protected shallow foundation that Steveel linked to might be a good option for you if your basement will be heated. You basically insulate the outside of your existing foundation so it won't freeze/heave.
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