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Jul 14, 2013, 03:46 PM
Basement Window Egress Box
Does anyone have info on codes for basement window egress boxes? I'm looking at a home with some apparent damage and am wondering what it would cost to have it corrected in block or concrete. Any ideas?
Jul 14, 2013, 04:34 PM
The only code requirement would be if that window is used as a second means of egress from the basement living space. If so, then you need to maintain a 5.7 SF open area for egress.

If the window is just there to let in light and some air but not used for egress, then it can be any size that works for you. Beyond that, it should have some form of drain to let rainwater out and needs to be strong enough to hold back the soil. A masonry wall would be much better at this than the current wood.

Jul 14, 2013, 05:22 PM
That was certainly built poorly. It looks like it was pieced together with whatever was lying around. At least it is all pressure treated, but a single 2x4 across the top would have been much stronger than the current design.

That said, there are prefab ones for light and egress that might do the trick for you. Check here;*130

Edited to hopefully correct the link.

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Jul 15, 2013, 11:11 AM
that Bilco link isn't working. I used them in both my egress window installs, this will show you the detail

availiable elsewhere also, of course. stack 'em up to learn how it works, take 'em down, dig your big-donkey hole next to the window and clear the dust and crud off the foundation wall, and lower in the sections.

what I did was mark the locations for the mount holes on the block after levelling the ground for the wells, drill for toggle bolts, assemble into the wells, reposition the assembly and push the toggles into the block. then I shot strips of polyurethane seal/adhesive, tightened the toggles slightly tight, dug the pit back on a slope away from the window, and backfilled with river rock. our sandy soil drains better than the weepers, so I let nature have the water.

next morning, tighten the toggle bolts hand tight against the set adhesive, and made sure the weatherproofing around the window wells was good. I did silicone the seals of the Bilco wells.

and it's good. there are covers availiable that let in light and keep out rain, flat covers. but since we know of heavy show in these parts, phooey, covers aren't going to work in winter. left 'em open. no leakages.

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