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The basic steps to creating a basement emergency egress

The basic steps to creating a basement emergency egress A home improvement product like the basement emergency egress is a wonderful item needed to any home, particularly the basement. And among the emergency egresses, one such product is the basement emergency egress window. However, most people don't know what is needed to be done, nor what are the items that should be used for constructing this egress window. Luckily, an informative article from The Family Handyman (n.d.) provided key tips on what to do, and what is needed.

To start with, there's the required set of tools for constructing a so-called basement emergency egress. Some of these materials are found in almost every toolbox, as these items include the following: hammer, hammer drill, tape measure, extension cord, safety goggles, spade, dustpan, and tool belt. Some materials need to be purchased in a hardware store, which are the following: circular saw, framing square, straightedge, speed square, and shop vacuum. The site also mentioned optional tools and supplies such as water sprayer, finish trowel, masonry bits, and concrete saw.

Now, the first step to making a basement emergency egress is creating an outline of the opening before creating that opening. In making an outline, one should determine which area of the basement is the ideal area for creating an emergency egress. An area of the basement is an ideal spot if the wall attracts the greatest amount of light, if the household will look just as good if the egress will be created, and if whether it will be obstructed by anything. The outline should be marked both on the inside and on the outside - and they should be exactly the same in terms of dimensions. Lastly, the individual should decide how large should the basement emergency egress be - depending on the choice of an egress window or an egress escape route.

As for the second step in constructing a basement emergency egress, one should remember to cut a significant size of hole in the structure. It should also be remembered that there all decorations and obstructing items should be removed before cutting the said hole. In addition, cutting a hole can be done on a lonesome, or through a contractor - although hiring professional help may result to a lot of spending. Should it be done without the need of a contractor, it is a necessity to abide by the safety precautions such as wearing safety goggles and maintaining a safe distance from the equipment used to create an opening.

In cutting for an opening, it is a rule of thumb for an individual to create cuts from the inside of the basement, and then complete the cut from the outside. Once an opening has been made, be prepared to use tools such as a hammer, a saw, or a masonry drill to smoothen out rough edges of the opening - for the emergency egress to fit to the opening. Once the edges had turned smooth and polished, then the installation of the egress window or door will take place. But then, make sure that the egress to be in place should be held steady and firm, and use nails and screws to keep the egress in place.

Once all steps have been done, the basement emergency egress is now complete, and ready for any worst-case scenario that may force any occupant to exit through this product.

The Family Handyman. (n.d.) How to install basement windows and satisfy egress codes. Retrieved on April 25, 2011, from

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