Planning a deck around or over a bulkhead space

Old 04-15-02, 09:13 AM
Sara W
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Question Planning a deck around or over a bulkhead space

My dilemma is trying to figure out how to incorporate my walk out basement bulkhead into my deck plan. I've been told I can make a trap door to still access the bulkhead but I'm concerned about water and rot underneath. Also I have an air conditioning unit that cannot be moved..what is the required space above an outdoor unit for ventilation. Our deck will sit about 5 feet off of the ground above the unit and the bulkhead. Thanks for any help you can give.Sara
Old 04-15-02, 10:46 AM
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Pretty sure, at least in Va. it's 48" from TOP of condenser to the nearest obstruction. I had an HVAC guy move mine last year also because of a deck project, and he "allowed" me to put my deck 40" on top, with a consent document he made me sign. Its fine though. Your Bulkhead problem sounds like a biggy. Building inspectors donít like trap doors!


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