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Old 06-18-2006, 07:51 PM  
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You should be fine, The brick wall should hold some structure together.
But since you are going to put a retaining wall in for the stairs, you should tie it into the foundation with rebar.
This will require two small footings at the stair well and some concrete walls.

My opinion is the bilco concrete stairs and hatchway.
This is the Easiest, most cost effective solution.
Most of what you have posted will work however the hatchway door meets egress and is a long term no hassle solution.

Been here and done this, yada yada and the T-shirt.

Get the widest model you can, then go with the composite doors. The metal doors always rust from the inside where no one paints them and the moisture builds up. Presto-rusto.
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There is not a Bilco installer close to me. The closest one is about 100 miles away. They said it would cost about $3000 to install. Plus the $500 for cutting the wall and money to rent excavator. Then I am still wondering about the frost line.


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There is not a Bilco installer close to me. The closest one is about 100 miles away. They said it would cost about $3000 to install. Plus the $500 for cutting the wall and money to rent excavator. Then I am still wondering about the frost line.
I am thinking of undertaking the exact same thing. However I already have an egress window that I want to convert to a door. I have been quoted from 8K to 25K to do this job and had given up until I read your post. Couple of questions....do you need a permit?, are you getting the trades yourself in terms of cutting the foundation, excavation and pouring the concrete?
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You do need a permit but I am going to do it without one to avoid redtape. I got a guy to dig it out and take a dumpload of dirt for $300. He even has a saw to cut the wall but hasnt quoted that yet. The only thing that bothers me is the draingage and frost protection.
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I may be a little late to this conversation, but I'm not sure I understand why you would put a patio door (6 ft.) below grade? There's not much of a view...:-)
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How did it all work out? post pics!
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djarvis8; welcome to the site, you most likely won't get an answer here. If you have a question, start a new thread.
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Well it has been about 10 years since I installed this and my door keeps sticking more and more and deadbolt dropped about a 1/2" down from original whole. House also developed stair step cracks in mortar, flashing from window above pulled away and concrete sill under window cracked.

I have had 6 companies look at the issue and 4 said I need piers and 2 said it is not a structural issue. So I paid $300 for a structural engineer to determine if it was structural and in need of piers. Engineer got back to me and said there are no structural issues. House does not have any cracks on the other side of the house only above the door. One of the piering companies that said I did not need piers suggested installing a thicker, wider lintel. I believe above the door I have 2 4x4 headers but I am about to tear out drywall and trim to check. I am attaching updated pics if anyone has any ideas it would be greatly appreciated.
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You do need a permit but I am going to do it without one to avoid red tape.


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Well it has been about 10 years since I installed this and my door keeps sticking more and more and deadbolt dropped about a 1/2" down from original whole.

House also developed stair step cracks in mortar, flashing from window above pulled away and concrete sill under window cracked.
I wonder if your local PERMITS AND PLANNING would have caught the mistakes...

I am not trying to rub it in, but...
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I wonder if your local PERMITS AND PLANNING would have caught the mistakes...

I am not trying to rub it in, but...
I know. I am kicking myself now


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