How to approach this step?

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Old 08-13-11, 01:18 PM
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How to approach this step?


This is the step up into a cold room under our front porch. I'm redoing the basement completely and I want to fix this up properly.

A small trench has been cut around the basement slab for water drainage, I think (wasn't my doing), you can't really see it here because it's filled with crud, which I will be cleaning out before I do anything else.

So anyway I was thinking about building a form to extend the floor of the cold room (the top part of the picture) out to make a step down to the main basement floor, and putting the form over the trough to keep concrete from falling into it.

My question is - after I clean the trough, build the form, and pour the concrete to make the step, how long should I wait to remove the form, and do I need to remove the piece protecting the trough? Could I use a piece of sturdy plastic over the trough instead of wood, and just leave it there when I remove the sides of the new step?
 
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What's the height difference between the two floors?
 
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Old 08-18-11, 06:38 AM
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Don't have exact height but... 12-16" perhaps...
 
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Steps have you be calculated more precisely than that. Extend a level from the upper floor over the lower floor & measure the height. In your case, you can split the difference as long as it isn't any higher than 16". You don't want a step bigger than 8". Let's say that it's 14 inches. The step can be 7 inches. Frame accordingly.
 
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Old 08-18-11, 08:34 AM
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That really has nothing to do with my question.
 
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Ok, maybe someone else can help you.
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