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How to Install a Basement or Cellar Door

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Remove an old basement door and replace it with a new entry way.

How to remove an old steel basement door and frame and replace it with a light weight, rust-proof polyethylene model. How to remove rusted and deteriorated fasteners. How to fit, seal and attach a new door.

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Step 1

Remove Fasteners on Old Door Frame

Cut, saw or grind off old fasteners using a cold chisel, reciprocating saw or hand-held grinder.

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Step 2

Remove Doors and Frame

Remove the doors from the frame first to lower the weight. Then lift the frame from the foundation.

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Step 3

Set the New Frame in Place and Check Fit

Set the new frame in place and check the fit on the foundation.

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Step 4

Check Frame for Square and Mark Mounting Holes

Check to see that the frame fits properly on the foundation.

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Step 5

Drill Mounting Holes and Install Anchors

Drill the anchor holes using a carbide masonry bit. While an ordinary rotary drill will work, a hammer drill makes the boring job go faster. Insert the anchors into the holes and tap them flush.

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Step 6

Apply Sealant

Apply a good quality silicone sealant to the top of the foundation and to the portion of the frame that will be in contact with the side of the house.

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Step 7

Set Frame in Place, Install Fasteners, Seal

Set the frame in place, position it on the foundation and check again for square. Attach the frame by inserting lag screws into the anchors and tightening.

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Step 8

Install Doors

Install the doors according to the manufacturer's instructions and adjust if necessary so they operate freely.

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Step 9

Install Side Panels

Install side vents in one of three ways: by putting in a clear panel and creating a small window, by inserting a solid panel or by installing a screen panel and vent.

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