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    Default Deck Trap Door?

    We have a bi-level house that has a deck on the upper level. There is about 5' of clearance between the ground and the bottom of the joists. The exit from the lower level is under the deck. We're trying to come up with options for a new deck that will allow head room to use the stairs from the lower level for people over 5' tall. The previous deck has a box to raise that section, but it wastes that part of the deck.

    Any ideas?

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    Default Re: Deck Trap Door?

    The only other option would be to go down- excavate where the walkway below goes to get ample headroom which in most cases is regulated by local building codes. Never are 'trap doors' allowed in a floor for any purpose other than access to equipment which must be located there, such as a sump pump. Otherwise it seems the previous owner did what was needed with the built-up section of the deck.

    Phil

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    Default Re: Deck Trap Door?

    Quote Originally Posted by danis11 View Post
    Hi,
    They want a grate so that it can be lifted out without any restrictions, as hinges could rust or jam. They want to make sure that you can use that as an escape route in the event of a fire or other serious emergency.
    Then they need another method since removable floor sections are just the same when it comes to code. You would be allowed to do either if you hand-railed around the opening per code (nowhere that can pass a 4" sphere etc.), but then you still lose the deckspace. My first post is the only safe and legal solution other than the rail.

    Phil

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