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Hi my name is Edward and I would like to know how to build a ,crawl space door,. Since it is exposed to cold moist air on one side and heated air on the other it must be made as an ,exterior door,. Then I will use weather stripping to seal the cracks.
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Generally they are made of plywood. Sometimes, pressure treated plywood. Once in a while someone will make one out of 2x4's and plywood.
Don't give it a lot of thought, the temperature and humidity difference does not seem to make much difference.

I guess I'm somewhat of an expert on crawlspace doors because I am a home inspector, and go into crawlspaces on a daily basis.

The damage I see is usually:
1. Loose or broken hinges.
2. Wood rot because the door was in contact with the ground (or mulch).
3. Age, and the weather finally got to it.
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My crawl space door is made from plywood and painted, it is about 25 years old and still fine except I wise the hinges held up better. Mine has insulation tacked to the inside as the crawl space is heated, furnace is in the crawl space which is 4 foot in height. Think about framing it with 2x4's so you can insulate it better.

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Edward, I have to build a new door for my crawl space access and I am going to use 1/2" plywood and 2 x 4" pieces to frame it. I will take photos of this project and post them on the forums in the near future.

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The one we made was out of Marine grade plywood and PT 2x4's. Galvanized fasteners. It looks as good as the day we put it in 3 yr ago.

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