Cutting new crawlspace access in floor

Old 03-25-07, 03:57 PM
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Cutting new crawlspace access in floor

We are able to proceed with repairing damange resulting from leak. When looking for crawlspace access as requested by plumber in order to assess damange, we found we had tiled over the access 20 years ago. It was inside a hall closet which backed up to another square family room closet. We replaced these closets with a hallway to the back of the house. These were much deeper than the bedroom closets that are about 2 feet deep. The plumber told us he "can" cut the access hole but would prefer if we do it ourselves. He is 6' and weighs about 200 lbs. He wants the access big enough to accommodate his shoulders with a few inches on either side. He said to be careful not to cut through the studs. The floorboards are nailed at about 10 inch intervals. We have 3 existnig bedroom closets. One is on top of the duct coming from the furnace and the other two are standard 1961 tract housing. About 6 feet at the opening by feet by 2 feet deep.
We don't think these bedroom closets are big enough to accommodate a crawl space. We were thinking about a corner of the living room where the floor needs to be replaced anyway. That way we coud make it bigger. Any advise on cutting this hole? We don't want the floor to colapse. Also, do cities usually keep the original blueprints for homes? Would they be easy to get? We did install air-conditioning 30 years ago; but used the ducts for the forced air heater. Our plumber does not have a camera with extension lense tube, and we really don't know what is where under the house. We have had plumbers also ask us where the main drain cleanout is as this is somewhat strangely configured for us and our neighbor nextdoor, we don't hae an answer. I, too, am worried about what is where under the house with regards to cutting new crawlspace access. Thank you. !!!!!!!!

Last edited by advise; 03-25-07 at 04:58 PM. Reason: Additional info re crawlspace area needed.
Old 03-25-07, 04:20 PM
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Call a carpenter, especially if your asking us these basic questions.

I see a big mess!

Cut between the floor joist, not across them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Don't cut too deep, incase you have electrical or plumbing/ duct work running under there.

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