How to Install Basement Windows and Satisfy Egress Codes

How to saw the hole, frame the opening and set a basement egress window

Required Tools for this Project

Have the necessary tools for this DIY project lined up before you start—you’ll save time and frustration.

  • Hammer
  • Tape measure
  • Circular saw
  • Caulk gun
  • Cold chisel
  • Chalk line
  • Level
  • Drill bit set
  • Dustpan
  • Extension cord
  • Dust mask
  • Framing square
  • Hearing protection
  • Hammer drill
  • Straightedge
  • Safety glasses
  • Spade
  • Speed square
  • Shop vacuum
  • Tool belt

OTHER TOOLS - Finish trowel, Water sprayer, Masonry bits, Concrete saw (rental), Diamond saw blade (rental), Maul

Required Materials for this Project

Avoid last-minute shopping trips by having all your materials ready ahead of time. Here's a list.

  • Egress window
  • 2x10x10ft. pressure treated lumber (1)
  • 2x4x10 ft. lumber (12)
  • Plastic moisture barrier
  • 3 in. deck screws
  • Exterior caulk
  • Masking tape
  • 6-mil. plastic
  • Tarp
  • 1-5/8 in. galvanized screws
  • Shims
  • Concrete mix
  • Insulation
  • 3/16 x 3-1/4 in. concrete screws