The attic is an excellent residential storage space because it keeps contents away from water. Unfortunately, many attics are inaccessible, rendering them nonfunctional. By installing a ladder to access the area, homeowners can make use of this storage spot. The hidden space can then be filled with holiday decorations, non-seasonal clothing, and other belongings.
You will need:
• Foldable attic ladder
• Two 1×4-inch boards
• Two 2×6-inch boards
• Adjustable ladder feet
• Reciprocating saw
• Circular saw
• Pneumatic nail gun
• Tape measure
• Utility knife
• Carpenter’s pencil
• Carpenter’s square
• Chalk line
Step 1: Identify the joist that runs across the left side of your attic opening and tap a single nail into it. use the tape measure to measure down 54 inches from the left side opening. Tap a second nail next to the joist at this spot.
Step 2: Working between the two nails, chalk a line.
Step 3: Line up your carpenter’s square from each of the nail points. Draw a line extending 22.5 inches from each.
Step 4: Snap another chalk line between these points to create a square.
Step 5: Use the reciprocating saw to cut along the chalk lines, cutting out the chalked square. To begin this cut, lightly tap your saw blade into the drywall at one point on the line.
Step 6: Gather both 2×6 header boards and measure and cut them to the appropriate size. Use the nail gun to attach each board to the opening.
Step 7: At each end of this opening, attach a 1×4 board to serve as a temporary support. Create a one-quarter inch lip for your attic assembly to rest upon.
Step 8: Have a helper stand at floor level and assist with placing the attic assembly onto the temporary support. Pull the attic stairs down until hinges are extended, but do not extend the stair legs to reach the floor.
Step 9: Use the level to verify that the attic assembly is leveled. Insert the shims between the stairway frame and the joists. When the shims are correctly placed, secure them by drilling screws through them.
Step 10: Extend attic ladder legs to reach the floor. Slide an adjustable foot over each ladder rail and adjust the feet until they are flush with your floor. Make holes through the ladder rail and feet with the drill. Use the provided bolts to secure the ladder feet.