I have a question that I'm sure someone in this group will have a good
answer for. I'm building steps that will involve tamping down dirt/processed
stone over an existing basement window (2.5' by 1'). It was suggested that I
morter some bricks into the opening. That's certainly a good idea and I may
end up doing it, but I was wondering if anyone can think of an alternative
Here's a thought I had and any thoughts on it would be welcomed. How about
if I put a bead of that foam insulation around the window and then push a
sheet of metal over the window opening. I would then fill in and tamp down
the dirt. It seems to me that this would put a good hermetic seal over the
window. Any thoughts?
Sheet metal over foam! If you tamp it down well, either immediately or some
time later it will buckle into the window breaking the glass. Or were you
going to use some 1/4" thick steel plate -- maybe that will hold, providing
the window frame doesn't break loose from the basement wall.
This is a great group. I got good information from you all. I will check
with the town hall about the code- I had never given that a thought because
I explained to them exactly what I wanted to do and they didn't ask me if I
were going to cover a window. But, it won't hurt to call them back just to
make sure. Unlike a deck, this project doesn't require a building permit
from my town, but building permit or not, I'll still need to conform to
Also, if brick and morter is the time tested method, that's the way I'll go.
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