Attic stairs for 30"X30" opening?

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Old 01-19-09, 04:26 PM
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Attic stairs for 30"X30" opening?

I have a good size opening/hatch into my attic, it's 30"X30" so it allows me to get larger stuff up there. However, it's not as long as it needs to be to install pull-down stairs.

I've been using a chair to reach up into the attic and pull down a 6' ladder, it works but it's a little bit of a pain and requires me to get my pants dirty (either my knee or my butt when I jump up from the 6' ladder).

Is there any stair solution that would work with my 30"X30" opening? The actual size of the joist opening is 32"X32". THere are smaller strips of wood that make up the opening it self that measure 30"X30".
 
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I was just going to ask the same question.

We need to install an attic ladder (and door) for our exisiting 30" x 30" attic opening. It looks like the only attic ladder that will fit that size is the Werner Televator Telescoping Attic Ladder, but that ladder is only rated at 250lbs load capacity, which isn't going to work in our situation. Unfortunately we can't make the 30"x30" opening any larger for a conventional fold-down ladder, and there are no other suitable locations for a new attic door/ladder.

Are there any small opening attic ladders rated for higher weight capacity?
 
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You might contact Werner to see if they have a higher rated model or perhaps the 250 has some tolerances. Often times ratings are worst case and some common sense will allow you plenty of margin.

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Originally Posted by Bud9051 View Post
You might contact Werner to see if they have a higher rated model or perhaps the 250 has some tolerances. Often times ratings are worst case and some common sense will allow you plenty of margin.

Bud
I agree.

Out on the jobsite I see plenty of 300+ pound men on old/worn ladders rated for 250 lbs.

These people climb those ladders 20 times a day.
 
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Yes, and ladder companies like Werner aren't going to be responsible for those 300lbs+ men carrying additional weight/tools/items on their 250lbs rated ladders when/if they fail.

Unfortunately a 250lbs rated ladder (especially a telescoping one that decreases in size on higher rungs) is not up to the job.
 
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Originally Posted by jca2112 View Post
Yes, and ladder companies like Werner aren't going to be responsible for those 300lbs+ men carrying additional weight/tools/items on their 250lbs rated ladders when/if they fail.

Unfortunately a 250lbs rated ladder (especially a telescoping one that decreases in size on higher rungs) is not up to the job.
Of course Werner won't be responsible. This thread isn't about responsiblility, it's about ladders and realistic expectations from them.
 
 

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