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Old 04-03-2019, 05:29 PM   #1
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Not likely diy, but have you ever heard of a walkout bulkhead basement being eliminated? Like patch hole in foundation and backfilling the entry?
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I would make it a window with a window well maybe.
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Pictures of what you are seeing are going to help illicit a bunch more responses here.
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No photo of mine handy, but just picture a basic basement entry, abut 7' deep, with stairs and an overhead bilco door... drain at the foot of the stairs. Standard size door cut into poured foundation.
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I can't see why not. I would think you would have to fill the hole in with block. How to properly tie it into the poured wall I'll leave to others. The new wall section should be waterproofed. Assuming the well drain is tied into a perimeter drain, you would want to ensure the that perimeter drain is reconnected so it is continuous.
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Can I ask "why" you want to eliminate this entrance. Could be a real problem replacing HVAC equipment or anything large down the road for you or a future owner.
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Don't do it. Almost always it is a bad idea to decommission, close up, and fill in a basement entrance with a bulkhead because this is a convenient feature for almost every homeowner or resident.
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I have a bulkhead door also. I also have my boiler and hot water heater in the basement. It would be a major PIA to try and get those things out of the house through the interior of my house.
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