How to Replace Attic Access Ladders

What You'll Need
Hand saw
Power screwdriver
Scrap wood
Step ladder
Measuring tape
Crow bar

-Attic access ladders are designed in such a way that the stairs can be pulled down when it is needed and folded up when not used. Attic access ladders do not consume much space and hence they are easy to set up and replace. When you have limited space in your home, this type of ladder is the best means to gain access to your attic. The best feature of such ladder is that they do not cause trouble when moving around. It is very space efficient and it can be used for home improvement. Due to aging, physical damage or external causes like weather, the attic ladder may eventually lose its stability and get damaged and hence need a replacement. Follow the simple steps below to effectively replace an attic access ladder.

Step 1: Placing the Scrap Wood

Screw two pieces of scrap wood under the ceiling at each end of the opening with a help of a power screwdriver. Place them so that there will be no trouble opening the attic door by leaving a ½inch of the attic door frame.

Step 2: Removing the Old Door Frame

Remove the old door frame from the inside, using a crowbar. One person can help in shifting the door away. Next, remove the nails with a hammer and then move the old door unit away.

Step 3: Placing the New Attic Door

The next step is to place the new attic door with the help of another person. You need to place the new door such that it sets firmly into the 2 pieces of scrap board.

Step 4: Measuring the Frame

Now measure the square and all other corners of the frame. You can use the shims if you have any alignment issues.

Step 5: Placing the Frame

Now you need to place the frame to the joists with the help of lag screws and screwdriver. Fix the screws by following the manufacturer's instructions. Remove the scrap board that you placed to support the frame.

Step 6: Final Installation Steps

Next, open the door from inside without extending the ladder stairs. Then, extend the attic stairs excluding the last stringer. Measure the distance between the floor and the second stringer, and mark the measurement on the last stringer. Cut it using a hand saw from the bottom if required. Repeat this step for each side of the stringer. Finally, install the door handle by following the manufacturer’s instructions, and paint or stain the ladder if required.