Attics are excellent storage spaces because they keep items high and dry. However, they are not very functional when they are difficult to reach. Improve access to the attic by installing a sturdy ladder. This will help you get into this hidden space to store non-seasonal clothing, holiday decorations, and other items.
You will need:
• Folding attic ladder
• Adjustable ladder feet
• Two 2×6-inch boards
• Two 1×4-inch boards
• Circular saw
• Reciprocating saw
• Pneumatic nail gun
• Utility knife
• Carpenter’s square
• Carpenter’s pencil
• Tape measure
• Chalk line
Step 1: Tap a nail into the left side of the joist running across the left opening for the attic. Measure 54 inches down the left opening. Tap another nail at this spot, next to the joist.
Step 2: Snap a chalk line between these two nails.
Step 3: Line up the carpenter’s square from each nail point and draw a line out 22.5 inches.
Step 4: Chalk a line between each of these points to finish the square cutout.
Step 5: With the reciprocating saw, cut along the lines to cut out the square. Begin the cut by tapping the saw blade lightly into the drywall.
Step 6: Measure and cut each of the 2×6 header boards. Attach each board using the nail gun.
Step 7: Attach the 1×4-inch boards as temporary supports at each end of the cutout opening. Allow a lip of about one-quarter inch as a resting spot for the attic assembly.
Step 8: Put the attic assembly on the supports, with the help of someone at the garage level. Pull down the stairs until their hinges extend but do not extend legs to the floor.
Step 9: Verify that this assembly is level. Insert shims between joists and the stair frame. Once the shims are in the proper locations, drill screws through them to keep them in place.
Step 10: Extend the ladder legs to the floor. Add adjustable feet to the legs, sliding each foot over a rail on the ladder and ensuring it is flush with the floor. Use the drill to create holes through each ladder rail and foot. Secure the feet with the provided bolts.