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Old 09-11-2012, 08:57 PM   #1
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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?
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Posting a picture would sure help figure out how to do it.

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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?


Are you saying you want to remove your existing door and use a bulkhead door instead???
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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?
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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
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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
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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.
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Are you saying you want to remove your existing door and use a bulkhead door instead???
Yes- the well collects snow and debris. Thanks
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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
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