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4 Easy Steps to Replace Your Attic Ladder




Looking to put up holiday decorations? Well, before you step on the attic ladder first ask yourself, is it safe. Some attic ladders are probably as old as the house, and that may not be a good thing. Typically, attic ladders are wood and they don’t usually get much TLC when it comes to paint or varnish, they just get constant abuse, wear & tear and so on. As the wood ages, it gets dry and start to creak as if it’s going to crack with the next footstep placed on the rung. Maybe it’s time to replace that old creaky attic ladder?



Step 1: Rough Opening Measurement

Measure the rough opening in your ceiling, both the width and length. Standard openings are 22.5” x 54”, but some homes have wider openings. Conversely, some homes have smaller openings (or hatches). It’s important to understand the opening size you have or will create to ensure you select the correct attic ladder product for your home.





Step 2: Floor to Ceiling Measurement

Measure and verify the ceiling height, which is the distance from the ­finished floor to the fi­nished ceiling. Most attic ladders cover a range of ceiling heights, so it’s important to know the exact measurement you’re working with. For smaller attic ladder openings with a minimum measurement of 18” x 24” you will need to measure from the finished floor to the attic floor.




Step 3: Swing Clearance

Measure and verify the amount of space available to swing out the stair sections of your ladder (this extends beyond your attic opening). For smaller attic openings with a minimum measurement of 18” x 24” you will need to measure the swing clearance inside the attic space. The compact attic ladder requires a minimum height of 28” and minimum depth of 44” inside the attic, above and behind the opening.




Step 4: Landing Space
Having the correct amount of landing space is key to being able to properly extend the stairs for safe climbing. Measure the space available where the ladder will land, from the back of the opening towards the front.




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Posted 2016-09-30T13:26:12+0000  by Angelo_HD_CHI Angelo_HD_CHI
 
Great post!
Posted 2016-10-22T12:03:31+0000  by JohnMcNally
 
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