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Thumpin'Ram

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Jul 15, 2001
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I have a bilco cellar door that I wish to get rid of, so I had a contractor frame out a vestibule with an actual exterior door. I stressed the importance of waterproofing because the plan was to eventually put in a drywell/sump pump and remove the bilco.

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This is with the bilco door still in place and closed! It offers no water resistance. I suspect they didn't use any sill gasket material.
Is it reasonable to ask them to rip it out and do it again? I'm thinking this is amateur hour and there's no way it's done to code, as this was just a few drips of snow melt (no hydrostatic pressure at all). If they refuse to redo it with a gasket, should I just fire them?

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here's a bilco door (not mine) for those who don't know
 
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TomDlgns

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I have a bilco cellar door that I wish to get rid of, so I had a contractor frame out a vestibule with an actual exterior door. I stressed the importance of waterproofing because the plan was to eventually put in a drywell/sump pump and remove the bilco.

e4fPkS7.jpg


This is with the bilco door still in place and closed! It offers no water resistance. I suspect they didn't use any sill gasket material.
Is it reasonable to ask them to rip it out and do it again? I'm thinking this is amateur hour and there's no way it's done to code, as this was just a few drips of snow melt (no hydrostatic pressure at all). If they refuse to redo it with a gasket, should I just fire them?

@whatever

what's on the other side of the door?
what was there before?

you need to drain the water somehow, you can't just add some walls and let the water sit on the other side.

how many quotes did you get? were they way off or close?
 

borazhasleftthebuilding

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what's on the other side of the door?
what was there before?

you need to drain the water somehow, you can't just add some walls and let the water sit on the other side.

how many quotes did you get? were they way off or close?
cellar stairs

the cellar stairs were covered by cellar door

try to follow along
 

saabguy

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what's on the other side of the door?
what was there before?

you need to drain the water somehow, you can't just add some walls and let the water sit on the other side.

how many quotes did you get? were they way off or close?
what's on the other side of the door?
what was there before?

you need to drain the water somehow, you can't just add some walls and let the water sit on the other side.

how many quotes did you get? were they way off or close?

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Thumpin'Ram

Thumpin'Ram

I'll level with you. These bags weren't designed f
Jul 15, 2001
125,356
Goodbye mailbox
what are you going to do about the water on the other side of the door?
I'm confused why everyone is confused..maybe these are regional terms? I want to put in a drainage pit (drywell or sump pump) on the exterior side of the door
 

BStork

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Apr 28, 2007
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Hey man, I'm no contractor, but I'm pretty sure your door isn't supposed to be leaking.

HTH.
 
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whatever

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Feb 18, 2004
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uhhhh yea you need to waterproof the basin down there with a outdoor rated waterproofing. or use something like red guard and tile a tub in.

take some photos looking down from the outside.

you need to put the sump pump / drain in prior to all this.
 

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