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gleasonav 09-11-2012 07:57 PM

Replace basement entry door with bulkhead
 
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My basement entry is a standard 80 inch door. The basement floor is 48 inches below grade. Can I use a bulkhead door for entry instead? How do I get the headroom needed?

joecaption 09-11-2012 08:02 PM

Posting a picture would sure help figure out how to do it.

gleasonav 09-11-2012 08:18 PM

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Originally Posted by joecaption (Post 1008061)
Posting a picture would sure help figure out how to do it.

Thanks- will do

Canarywood1 09-11-2012 08:29 PM

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Originally Posted by gleasonav (Post 1008058)
My basement entry is a standard 80 inch door. The basement floor is 48 inches below grade. Can I use a bulkhead door for entry instead? How do I get the headroom needed?



Are you saying you want to remove your existing door and use a bulkhead door instead???

weekendwarrior9 09-12-2012 04:03 AM

Something like this you mean?

http://www.newenglandbulkhead.com/images/1b.jpg

Need to see a photo of the entryway, not sure I understand how your basement floor is only 48 inches below grade, unless you are on a slope or something and your 1st floor is 7ish feet above grade?

gleasonav 09-12-2012 08:59 AM

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Originally Posted by Canarywood1 (Post 1008090)
Are you saying you want to remove your existing door and use a bulkhead door instead???

I want to cover the 4' well somehow with a bulkhead sealing it.
Snow and debris collect in it. Thanks

gleasonav 09-12-2012 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by weekendwarrior9 (Post 1008246)
Something like this you mean?

http://www.newenglandbulkhead.com/images/1b.jpg

Need to see a photo of the entryway, not sure I understand how your basement floor is only 48 inches below grade, unless you are on a slope or something and your 1st floor is 7ish feet above grade?

The house was called a 'split entry' with the basement floor 4' below grade and the first floor 4' above grade. Thanks

GBrackins 09-12-2012 10:25 AM

I cannot see if there is a window in the wall above the basement door. can you build walls with a roof over it and install a door to the exterior? would allow you to have a walk-in entrance and keep the weather out.

gleasonav 09-12-2012 11:54 AM

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Originally Posted by Canarywood1 (Post 1008090)
Are you saying you want to remove your existing door and use a bulkhead door instead???

Yes- the well collects snow and debris. Thanks

weekendwarrior9 09-12-2012 01:23 PM

Hmmm... Don't see a reason that you couldn't put in bulkhead doors iof you really wanted to, but they are going to be at a steeper angle than must are installed at, and you are right the head clearance is going to be kinda tricky since you have the overhang from the 1st floor.

Call out a storm door company that'll give you a free or cheap estimate and pick their brains about similar installs and ask what others have done. Ask for photos, can't hurt.

GBrackins probably has the right of it, you might want to just build an overhang entry of some sort instead. Might mess with your clearances and look for that staircase though

gleasonav 09-12-2012 04:30 PM

Thanks-


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