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Hooray for friends!

mashblock came out today and helped me construct some barrier doors on the basement to keep the wind and snow out of the basement stairwell. (Thanks dude!)

Some simple bolts, some reclaimed wood, and some plywood sheet made what is essentially two swing-up doors that are slanted so rain and snow slide off of them into the yard. Because the wood isn't perfect, the rain runs right down the wall into the drain below - that means I haven't changed my drainage. Woot!

It wasn't that hard a job but it was damp and icky and I was very glad to have a friend come out and help!

I put some of the split foam "pool noodle" style pipe insulation around most of the edges to keep things from bumping and scuffing the side of the house. This also seals the doors against the side of the house - not to mention the gap between the two door panels. The one door has a warp to it so I will, hopefully tomorrow, screw a short 2x4 to the back of it to straighten it out and weigh it down a bit.

The final things to be done are to seal off the one end butting up against the deck so no airflow can go through there, then seal anything else with spray foam. Final item will likely be some kind of heavy "skirt" on the back stair edge. Something that will hopefully discourage animals from hiding down there and close out the last of the wind.

Bonus point: I don't have to take the storm door off after all! It actually swings all the way out without hitting the overhead doors. Sweet! Guess I'll keep that door after all. Probably figure out if I have the proper screen or glass for it finally.

Cross-posted from Dreamwidth ( http://nimitzbrood.dreamwidth.org/280100.html ) but feel free to comment here as well.

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Nov. 25th, 2014 09:14 pm (UTC)
You need some of that rubber membrane used on flat roofs. It'd make a decent skirt for the upper end of the stairs, and if you can find enough of it cheap you could cover(it's black, and you could make an overlap between the doors) the whole thing...
Nov. 26th, 2014 12:49 am (UTC)
Agreed. A thick rubber membrane like that would be perfect.

Finances dictated a tarp. ^_^

I still have to Great Stuff most of the cracks but it's consistently 68 degrees downstairs now.
Nov. 26th, 2014 08:12 pm (UTC)
Too bad I'm not at the old Graceland shop anymore... Next door neighbor was a roofer, and willingly donated pieces of the stuff when asked - made great door sweeps, and isolation mats for vacuum pumps and the like.

I only wish I could get my basement that comfy! Bet the computers help a lot.
Nov. 27th, 2014 03:13 am (UTC)
Yes and no. As I reduce my overall wattage less heat is produced.

That said, I'm quickly learning that a fairly large part of what I'm dealing with here is airflow.

For instance I really have to seal off that area from the crawl space. The pipes through the wall can be just sealed with batt style insulation. The hatch however will require a decently made cover. Fortunately I have all I need to make that.
Nov. 28th, 2014 10:12 pm (UTC)
When you wanna start?
Spent early hours of this morning in ER with Jen; handed her off to a friend and wasted the rest on a Chicago rooftop working and worrying...

It'd be a nice getaway.
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