Basement barn doors

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Project by Questtut posted 03-12-2014 12:05 AM 2059 views 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is the new walkout basement doors I had to build to help keep the wind out of my basement while building the walkout extension. I simply datoed the 2×4s for the OSB pieces to fit within. I did not glue them in case I need to make future changes. I also used 3 1/2 deck screws to assemble them. there are 2 locks, a simple 2×4 bar lock to keep it closed tight, and a latch for a padlock near the top.

I have included a couple pics of digging the walkout entry to show why I had to build these doors. I used the biggest tool in my shop to dig it out, my MF3165I Loader. I’m very happy with how well it did in our rocky hard soil.

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#1 posted 03-12-2014 05:46 AM

Nice job. The tractor looks like beast.

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#2 posted 03-14-2017 03:36 PM

yeah..these look the way..i myself am thinking of building basement doors..chose a couple of designs I like but just cannot choose the if you could take a look at the images below and let me know some pros and cons of each, that’d be awesome..

an editor who just took up woodcarving

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#3 posted 03-14-2017 04:02 PM

leking, i like the designs in thoes pictures as well. I wish i had the current pics of that project on my tabet, as my phone is having a problem getting on the site. But what you don’t see in this current posting is, i built an entire walk out entry, covering the ramp that I dug down to the basement. Like I tend to do all the time, i over built it, making it so strong that when we had a very large tree limb hit it’s peak this year, i only had to replace a few shingles that broke.

What i would say is pay attention to your local climate, where I live, in upstate NY we get a wide variety of weather. This is why I built a walk out building over the evtry. The doors you see are the set inside the basement, and i have another one outside at the top of the ramp (i went with a steel door there) this way I have 2 layers of wind protection, and we also don’t get rain water or melting snow in the basement. I can still drive a lawn mower straight down into the basement, as I made the floor a simple concrete ramp, and the step outside is only about 2 inches. That 2 inches seems to be enough to keep out the rainwater and snow, so we are very happy with the result.

I have so many other projects I have done, but i just haven’t had time to post them yet, (being a truck driver, parent, scoutmaster and so on) life just seems to get so buisy.

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