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Window Well for buried window

Posted by edlincoln (My Page) on
Thu, Sep 19, 13 at 14:14

I like to look for low-effort projects to do at my parent's house when I visit. I'm really, really not handy, so nothing too ambitious.

One of the basement windows was partially buried, and leaked. A handy man dug it out, and it no longer leaks. Still, this window indented in the ground strikes me as less then ideal as a long term solution. To be clear, there is a one foot hole around it , and he hole has dirt walls. How much would be involved in sticking in a metal window well? Could I get away with not bothering to attach it to the house? Would it be better then nothing if installed without drainage, or would it cause drainage problems?

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RE: Window Well for buried window

How much would be involved in sticking in a metal window well?

An excellent idea. Otherwise, over time, the soil will collapse in on the hole. However, you should dig down at least another foot below the window, fit in a well and fill the hole with gravel. That will give any water that does go into the well a place to disperse.

You should attach the well to the house foundation. Just use masonry bits and plastic or lead anchors. If you don't attach it to the house, soil and excess water will leak in between the metal well and the house.

If you truly can't use a drill and work bothers you, forget it, relax, have another beer!

RE: Window Well for buried window

I'm Amish, so I'd be using an eggbeater drill...

Just kidding.

The digging doesn't bother me. I'm a little scared of the prospect of messing with the foundation...worried part of the old foundation would crumble or leak. I also question whether any drill I have access to have enough oomph to get through concrete. What are the anchors called? What size would they be?

RE: Window Well for buried window

Use concrete screws--the most popular brand is Tapcon. You'll need a hammer drill. For the few holes you're doing, a 3/8" drill or drill/driver will do the job. And to make the whole job easier, you can probably get by with 6"-8" of gravel rather than a foot.

RE: Window Well for buried window

Don't forget to use a masonry bit, when drilling into any masonry

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