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Attic Ladder Installation

Here's the Easiest Attic Ladder Installation Guide You Can Have

With the right tools and easy-to-follow instructions, you too can install an attic ladder in your home. Read the information here to go over the steps on how it's done.
Sheetal Mandora
Last Updated: Jan 17, 2019
Materials Needed
  • Cordless screw gun
  • Drill bits
  • Finish nailer and hose
  • Pin nailer
  • Compressor
  • 3 ½ inch screws
  • 22 ½ inch 2 x 4 blocks, quantity 2
  • 2 ladders
  • Electric miter box saw
  • Casing
  • Tape measure
  • Hammer
Step #1
attic ladder installation step 1
Ladders come in various sizes. So depending on the height available from the floor to the ceiling, you need to find one that fits the measurement. 
Apart from this, you also need to check whether you have binds or a hand-cut roof. If you're confused, ask a professional hardware personnel take a look at it before you purchase one.
Step #2
Attic Ladder Step 2
Once you have the product at home, take it out of the box and place everything on the floor. Keep the ladder frame down, and the lid up. You will need to cut the casing when the ladder itself is placed on the floor.
Take the electric miter box saw, and pre-cut the casing that will fit the ladder upright. Place the casing aside as it will be used when the ladder goes in its place.
Step #3
attic ladder installation step 3
For the opening of the ceiling, read the instructions provided with the product. As the casing needs to become the integral part of the entire structure, make sure that the clearance and the frame is accepted by the product you bought.
Step #4
attic ladder installation step 4
There are many manufacturers that make you install attic ladder without the opening in the unit. However, this will mean that you will have to be up in the attic to straddle the bind cords.
As there might not be enough light up in the attic to get the job done right, install the ladder using the opposite method. Which means, you should have an experienced contractor perform the task.
Step #5
attic ladder installation step 5
Don't try to do this part alone, or else you may injure yourself seriously. You will take the lid of the ladder which is facing toward the floor, while you (first person) will lift the frame up and off the lid.
Now lift the ladder frame toward the ladder locks in the open section, while the second person will make two drill holes on all the sides. This will be just above the arm assembly. Use proper wood screws while you push them in the upright side, till it comes out the back.
Step #6
Follow step 5 on both sides and then, slowly let go of the upright ladder. Now you can see that the ladder is actually staying at the open section that will help you finish the installation.
The rest of the rough open section will need all the wood screws and the gun ready for drilling holes in each places.
Step #7
Take the compressor and screw gun to finish placing all the screws in the open section. As the two step ladder is in place that will lift the ladder in its place, you will have to nail the resting tabs in. Drill over-sized holes which will help the tab spin up and down. Screw everything in position and perform a test to check if the tab spins.
Now you will see if the ladder actually fits in the open space. The first person will bring the unit under the ladder and the second person will guide accordingly, so as to hinge the sides of the ladder up. The unit goes inside the hole and on top of the tabs.
The second person will climb on his/her ladder as the open side of the unit faces him/her. As he/she is up there, the unit will be placed over the hole and spins the 4 tabs which are around which will support the entire unit. As the last point in this step, you need to make sure the safety locks are screwed in above the assembly bracket.
Step #8
Now goes the bottom door adjustment, as you place the 3 inch screws in the holes provided. You will spin the tabs to the exact points to support the entire unit. Close the unit and see if the adjustments are tight or loose.
The last part to this step is to trim the legs of the ladder. Take the skill saw and level it exactly proportionate to the floor. The legs of the ladder will lock together at the intervals as you trim them. Make sure the ladder is straight till the floor.
If you are remodeling or constructing a new home, this is the perfect time to carry out this project. Make sure the ladder is accessible once placed and is not near any fire escapes or a hinder for cars in the garage.
Again, if you have no clue as to what you're doing with the attic ladder installation, please do call for an experienced contractor to get it done right.