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    Egress Window

    Does anyone have any recommendations on someone to put in an egress window and could possibly do it on short notice in the Ames/Des Moines area. A friend of a friend was going to come do it for me tomorrow if I dug the hole and I have been informed that he is no longer going to do it (very ****** about this). Kicker is that the guy coming to finish out the basement is going to start on Friday around noon and will be into that room by first part of next week. So I will need to have the window in by around Tuesday next week or so.

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    Re: Egress Window

    Have you dug the hole outside yet? Is your foundation poured or block? The two hardest parts are getting the dirt moved and cutting the hole in the foundation. I have put in 4-5 of them they seem to be a lot more work then they really are.



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    Re: Egress Window

    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclonesrule91 View Post
    Have you dug the hole outside yet? Is your foundation poured or block? The two hardest parts are getting the dirt moved and cutting the hole in the foundation. I have put in 4-5 of them they seem to be a lot more work then they really are.
    it's a poured foundation and hole if half dug. Window is actually a couple feet above ground so I really don't need to move much dirt (most of basement is a daylight basement). Just have to get the window put in this area for fire code to list it as another bedroom if we ever want to sell house.



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    Re: Egress Window

    try these guys..

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    Re: Egress Window

    Quote Originally Posted by FarminCy View Post
    it's a poured foundation and hole if half dug. Window is actually a couple feet above ground so I really don't need to move much dirt (most of basement is a daylight basement). Just have to get the window put in this area for fire code to list it as another bedroom if we ever want to sell house.
    I used Iowa Concrete Cutting in Ankeny. They actually subbed it out to a crew, but was VERY efficient, tidy, and timely. I had the window buck, and window ready to go and it was all complete in about a half day. They even put a guy inside the house with a shop vac to catch any water from wet saw that came in, but there wasn't much. They dug hole, cut poured foundation, and took cut out with them for $600.

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    Re: Egress Window

    These guys are from Carroll and do Egress windows and Basement repair.

    West Central Iowa Basement Repair, Iowa Basement Waterproofing & Foundation Repair, Crawl Space Recovery



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    Re: Egress Window

    Does anybody have an estimate on what having an egress installed would cost? The girlfriend has been talking about doing this at her house also for an added selling point so I'm just curious how much it would cost us (Window and all).



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    Re: Egress Window

    I had an egress put in, a few years ago. It was about 3k for everything including labor, a nice vinyl window 48x48, the well, rock, and a cover. Well worth the $$ to make the basement look so much nicer. I had midwest basement systems do it.


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    Re: Egress Window

    Along these lines, does anyone know of a good way to keep the cover of an egress window from lifting and banging in a stiff wind without violating fire code (i.e., a big rock on top probably wouldn't be kosher)?

    My parents live east of State Center and when its windy the cover on an egress window will get lifted up and then fall, making quite a racket in the process.


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    Re: Egress Window

    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    Along these lines, does anyone know of a good way to keep the cover of an egress window from lifting and banging in a stiff wind without violating fire code (i.e., a big rock on top probably wouldn't be kosher)?

    My parents live east of State Center and when its windy the cover on an egress window will get lifted up and then fall, making quite a racket in the process.
    Are you too embarrassed to say your parents are from Marshalltown?

    It would probably depend on the cover. There are different styles out there.



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    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    Along these lines, does anyone know of a good way to keep the cover of an egress window from lifting and banging in a stiff wind without violating fire code (i.e., a big rock on top probably wouldn't be kosher)?

    My parents live east of State Center and when its windy the cover on an egress window will get lifted up and then fall, making quite a racket in the process.
    Mine has little metal clips that keep the cover on.


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    Re: Egress Window

    If it is a hinged cover it should have come with velcro strips. If they are gone just buy a roll of velcro and attach connect the two at the junction points. There are instructions at

    http://www.monmatgrp.com/images/Ther...stallation.pdf

    If it is a plastic cover on top of a grate, take zip strips and connect the plastic to the grate by drilling small holes in the plastic.

    Hope this helps.


    Quote Originally Posted by iahawkhunter View Post
    Along these lines, does anyone know of a good way to keep the cover of an egress window from lifting and banging in a stiff wind without violating fire code (i.e., a big rock on top probably wouldn't be kosher)?

    My parents live east of State Center and when its windy the cover on an egress window will get lifted up and then fall, making quite a racket in the process.



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    Quote Originally Posted by CYKID View Post
    If it is a hinged cover it should have come with velcro strips. If they are gone just buy a roll of velcro and attach connect the two at the junction points. There are instructions at

    http://www.monmatgrp.com/images/Ther...stallation.pdf

    If it is a plastic cover on top of a grate, take zip strips and connect the plastic to the grate by drilling small holes in the plastic.

    Hope this helps.
    Zip strips are a horrible idea. The whole idea of an egress window is a way to escape in a fire. If you zip tie the cover to the well how are you going to get out? I am sure you can just break the cover, but what about a 6 year old kid?


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    Re: Egress Window

    Quote Originally Posted by brianhos View Post
    Zip strips are a horrible idea. The whole idea of an egress window is a way to escape in a fire. If you zip tie the cover to the well how are you going to get out? I am sure you can just break the cover, but what about a 6 year old kid?
    I think he's talking about the ones that have a metal frame and a plastic cover. If the frame is in place, but it's just the plastic cover that's separating from the frame, then you can use zip ties to fasten the two together.



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    Quote Originally Posted by VTXCyRyD View Post
    Are you too embarrassed to say your parents are from Marshalltown?

    It would probably depend on the cover. There are different styles out there.
    Nope. They live next to the golf course a couple miles east of State Center.

    To everyone else, thanks for the suggestions!


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