Hardwood floor/crawl space hatch dilemma

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Old 11-20-16, 01:59 PM
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Hardwood floor/crawl space hatch dilemma

My contractors had to cut a new crawl space opening in my hard wood floors. They cut the opening uneven and left a gap and did not cover. What is the easiest diy solution to seal the gaps around the edges and add a handle to still have a working opening to the crawl space? The crawl space is in a closet so I don't need to worry about aesthetics, just sealing the area.Name:  Crawl Space Compressed.jpg
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Old 11-20-16, 03:09 PM
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A picture would be helpful:

http://www.doityourself.com/forum/el...-pictures.html

If they just cut out a piece and you now drop it back in and it rests on some blocks to hold it up, I would suggest adding some thin foam weather stripping to the tops of the blocks to seal against the bottom of the lid. That would probably be easier than trying to seal the uneven edges. If the blocks don't go completely around the opening, I would add pieces to fill in so they do.

For a handle, a short strip of leather from an old belt, screwed down at one end, would make a good handle that isn't a trip hazard or that would get in the way.
 
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Old 11-20-16, 03:41 PM
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Not sure if the upload worked. The piece doesn't fall through, there are just gaps around they edges that go through to the crawl space. Hope that makes sense. =)
 
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Old 11-20-16, 03:44 PM
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Anytime anyone cuts out sheetrock or an access hole like that the right way would be to cut straight lines to make the repair that much easier.
Why is this not there issue to deal with?
Google "recessed pull handles".
 
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Picture is to dark and far away to see much.
Looks like linolium flooring in that picture.
 
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Unfortunately they left me with a mess and won't come back and fix it.
 
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Old 11-20-16, 04:26 PM
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It's linoleum over hardwood. Since it was in a closet i didn't bother refinishing that area when I pulled the old flooring up to get to the hardwood.
 
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Old 11-21-16, 03:45 AM
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I have a similar set up in my closet for access to the storm cellar. I have a piano hinge on one end and with a pull handle on the other. Since my handle is near a wall it doesn't hurt that it sticks up but you can get handles that 'fold' down and would be less intrusive. The door stop under the hatch has weatherstrip to seal it. Both the door and the flooring around it need proper framing to support everything.
 
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