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Old 09-17-2012, 09:22 PM   #106
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Some misc pictures of the patio that a few of you PM'd me about. Plus the first window well cover made of PVC discussed in here. 2nd one is drying now and will be out in a few days.
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Old 09-17-2012, 09:24 PM   #107
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Also filled in the existing sump pit that we just talked about. Once this fully cures, I'll be using the leveling cement in that entire corner and bring it up about 1 inch...

As always, thanks for your guidance!

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I hope you put some structure inside that hole. Meaning did you do some cross re-bar or mesh layers? Depending on the depth without some structure there is a possibility that the sides could separate from the original concrete, it's a small chance but it does exist.
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I didn't put re-bar, but I used a bag of all purpose stone and bigger chunks of concrete that I broke up in the front of the house. This is only about 3-4 inches deep... Still not good?
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oh yea I thought the hole was deeper. 3-4 inches isn't bad.
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Old 09-19-2012, 10:32 PM   #111
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Hey, You sure are busy with these, it's very interesting. Myself I have done this kind of work (full basement remodel) only on my own houses, 6 to be exact, I can give you some advise if I see anything strange, but so far, for what I can see, you are doing great.
Question, are you still planning on replace/install bigger windows for escape situations?
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Hi Pirulo!!

Thanks for looking and commenting. By all means, if you see anything or want to share information, I'd love to hear it. Also, if you want to see anything specific, please let me know and I can get pictures on here ASAP.

As for the egress window(s), unfortunately, I won't be doing this now. When I first bought the house, I had a full concrete patio poured up to the foundation in the back yard. If I had to do it over, I would have waited on that and made the 2 back basement windows into 1 big window for escape... I'll do that on my next remodels

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I think this is your only chance ever to install those windows, while they are easy to access and you don't have any stuff in the basement that you have to deal with or could get ruined because of the dust, like Elvis say, it's now or never. With a diamond blade you can cleanly cut the concrete patio without destroying everything. Think in added value to the house when you can legally claim you have 1 or 2 bedrooms extras (because with too small windows they don't qualify officially as bedrooms). If you plan to install some other windows, this is the moment, my 2 cents.
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Tell me this, is it illegal to have an egress window facing the front? If not, I could possibly make the single window in the front of the basement an egress window...

My only issue with the back 2 windows is this. I can't cut just 1 of them larger, I would have to use both. Using both would make a huge opening and possibly make it look really bad... To the right of the right most window is the power, phone cable lines. To the left of the left most window is the AC unit.
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So I was reading the code for Northern VA. Each 'bedroom' would need one of these windows. The front window is going to be in the laundry room, so even if I did put an egress window in, it wouldn't allow me to call it a 4 bedroom...

EMERGENCY ESCAPE AND RESCUE REQUIRED VIRGINIA SECTION: R 310.1

Basements and every sleeping room shall have at least one operable emergency and rescue opening. Such opening shall open directly into a public street, public alley, yard, or court. Where basements contain one or more sleeping rooms, emergency egress and rescue openings shall be required in each sleeping room, but shall not be required in adjoining areas of the basement. Where emergency escape and rescue openings are provided they shall have a sill height of not more than 44 inches (1118 mm) above the floor. Where a door opening having a threshold below the adjacent ground elevation serves as an emergency escape and rescue opening and is provided with a bulkhead enclosure, the bulkhead enclosure shall comply with Section R310.3. The net clear opening dimensions required by this section shall be obtained by the normal operation of the emergency escape and rescue opening from the inside. Emergency escape and rescue openings with a finished sill height below the adjacent ground elevation shall be provided with a window well in accordance with Section R310.2.
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You don't need to make them wider, but taller, and the sill of the windows lower, around 42" from the finished floor, and enough space outside to maneuver and escape (check local codes). I agree you should work on both windows. I don't see why it would be illegal to have an egress windows in the front, but check local codes. But so far, you don't have a single egress window in the entire basement.
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I'm looking at the pics of your windows from the outside, what is holding the dirt at the wells, I can't see.
BTW are you going to leave a sump pump installed somewhere? It's a good idea, even if never ever runs. And what about installing a sewer backup prevention valve (it cost about $30 for a 3" model)? Insurance companies love these things, it can lower your premiums, give you a lot of peace of mind, and at the point you are they are easy to install. These are the things I try to incorporate in every basement reno.
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1.
Its hard to see because they poured the concrete up to the top of the metal window wells. I promise they are there...

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Yes, I filled in the pit in the back of the house but will be adding one to the front of the house where I'm currently digging everything up.

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Yes, I will def. be adding a backflow preventer while everything is exposed.

Thanks again for taking an interest in my project. Any more questions, just let me know.

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Starting to level the corner where the old sump pit was...
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How did the SLC work for you? It looks very runny in the picture. Did you use a sealer before you put it down?

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