07:39PM | 12/19/04
Member Since: 09/11/02
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I have a plumbing leak that is back in a crawl space in my basement. The crawl space opening is about 12" diameter so there is no way to get in. Obviously the plumbing was done before the bathroom floor was put in and now the bathroom plumbing is inaccessible. Crazy! I don't want to tear up the bathroom floor. Is there a way to make the concrete opening larger? What kind of contractor would do that work?


08:17PM | 12/19/04
Member Since: 03/21/04
173 lifetime posts
check in your closets for an access door. one of the houses that I owned in the past had the crawlspace access in the floor of the closet in one of the bedrooms.




11:42AM | 01/19/07
Member Since: 01/18/07
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absolutely! it is just stuff, like any other construction if it goes up it can come down.

your main concern will be support. typically, above any weight bearing wall is a 'header'. an extra wide, tall, long piece of material that allows the opening to exist without falling.

if you expand the opening you must expand that header support. this can be done temporaily or permanently. considering your situation a steel "I" beam of sufficient length would span long enough on both side to erect structural supports underneath. once built there is little reason to remove it. now you have a permanent larger ingress/egress to your crawl.

check around. steel beams and concrete blocks are more reasonably priced than you may think.


12:02PM | 01/19/07
Member Since: 09/11/02
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That's exactly what we ended up doing. I found an I-beam at a salvage yard and put it in the header space them had a guy come and cut a bigger hole. That was over a year ago. So far the house hasn't come tumbling down.


01:46PM | 01/19/07
Member Since: 01/18/07
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GOOD on YA'- for taking charge of an intimidating situation and converting it into just another hurdle overcome.


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