Attic Door access

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Old 04-12-10, 07:26 PM
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Hi I am looking for some help on roughing in a new attic door. Reason is I would like to replace the older one in a newer part of the house. Where the older one is, its to hard to get in. Can you please point me for a DIY measurments and how to build one. Thanks
 

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Old 04-13-10, 04:50 AM
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1st you want to go into the attic and make sure there are no obstructions [electrical,HVAC, etc] Basically you cut out the drywall in between the rafters to whatever length you want/need. Then you can add casing [or other trim] around the outside of the hole leaving some of the wood to create a lip for the drywall [you cut out] to rest on.
 
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Will this be an opening in the ceiling or will it be an opening in the wall of an upstairs room?
 
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Opening in the ceiling
and want kind of instructions on how big i should make it.
 
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The width would be limited to the distance between rafters. The length is limited by common sense
 
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Old 04-13-10, 03:47 PM
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If you think you will ever want to install a fold down stairway, now is the time to get the size of the opening correct. Most of them require a 22.5 in wide opening which happens to be the usual spacing of the roof trusses/ceiling joists. The length of the opening is usually 54 inches.
 

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Old 04-15-10, 02:42 PM
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Another thing to keep in mind is to provide appropriate insulation, assuming your attic is insulated at the floor and not at the roof. How you do this depends somewhat on whether you are going to put in a scuttle hole access or full-blown fold-down stairs. Best - MM
 
 

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