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I'm thinking about doing and egress window in my basement that's easy to step into, maybe 24" off the ground. This, of course, will put a large hole in my yard. What are the safety regulations in regards to the hole? Do I need stairs? I would guess max depth at 44" if no steps. Do I need steps?

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bluefish111

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Hi,

Floor to opening has to be no more than 44inches and the window well has to be at least 36-inches by 36-inches. If the window well is more than 44" deep, you need a ladder permanently affixed.

Here are some sites. Some have the codes:

http://www.wellcraftwells.com/

http://www.ehow.com/way_5344203_diy-bas ... wells.html

http://www.bestchoiceegresswindows.com/ ... wwells.htm

http://www.redi-exit.com/window-well-style-size.html

http://www.wellcraftwells.com/pdf/5600_specs.pdf

ONE TEAM - ONE FIGHT!!!

Mike

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Mike beat me to it, but check out the links here:

http://www.bing.com/search?q=bilco+scap ... NH14&qs=AS.

If you end up with a deep window well you will also need to consider gaurd rails or a cover. If you choose the latter, make sure it is an approved cover or you could be creating a condition as dangerous as ignoring the egress opening altogether.

Tom

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