Installing walk up basement
That always helps ALOT!
What I would suggest is:
a.) You may be planning on installing a sealed bulkhead over everything, which is what I would definitily suggest. Otherwise, if left open, without a REALLY GOOD drainage system in at the Bottom area of the step down, it will flood and go right into the basement after the door is installed.
b.) YES, You will need a header above that door.
c.) What you can do: If you have the door height to spare, build a wood header using P.T. 2x6's and install Pressure treated jacks and kings on each side. Use sill foam between the studs and the concrete walls. Allow space when cutting out the concrete for the jacks and kings.
d.) If there is no ‘head’ space to spare (which is probably the case): Call around to iron/steel work companies. What you are looking for is a piece of angle iron that is called a 'lintel'. You can use this the same as a header and support it with Pressure treated jacks. Measure your door opening size (R.O.) and add for the jacks. Then you can have them cut it to size. You will want 2 of them - one for each side of the wall. if you get non galvanized ones, sand them down and spray a coat of primer over them. You might want to double jack each side, depending on the size of the door you’re going to install. Use a powder actuated fastener.
e.) When you do the concrete cutting, go straight up to the bottom wall plates of the house…(What I mean is -you will want to remove that concrete above the window too)
F.) I suggest that, to play it safe, you set up a temp. wall near the cutting area to temporarily support the 1st floor joists near the opening.
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Last edited by AtlanticWBConst.; 08-08-2006 at 07:03 PM.