Someone I know lives in a house designed by a genius -- the attic access
is placed right above a water heater and some HVAC machinery in a
room/closet. Needless to say, getting into/out of the attic is tricky at
best, even with the help of a portable ladder. We talked about mounting
a short ladder to the wall right below the attic access. But before we
reinvent the square wheel I thought I'd ask the experts whether that's
the right solution and whether there are products on the market suitable
for the purpose. Any advice?
My first question is "Why is attic access required?" or, more to the
point, "Will there be a need to carry anything larger than a
flashlight into the attic?"
For the occasional inspection of the space, I'd say the wall mounted
ladder would be fine, but if the "someone you know" needs to carry
stuff in and out of the attic (i.e. storage) then a vertical ladder is
going to be a real pain and probably unsafe.
I'd strongly suggest looking for a more convenient location for a pull-
down staircase if storage is planned.
Build one yourself just use a hard wood for the rungs. Good for light duty
inspections. Dosen't sound like it will be used more than once a year or
for a project like installing lighting cables.
As for where other than the internet. Maybe a camper supply store or an
industrial warehouse equipment or fire safety company.
A wall mounted ladder is more difficult to climb than an A-frame ladder or a
ladder leaning against the wall. I vote for relocating the opening or
perhaps making it larger. It is not unusual to see a hatch in a clothes
closet or a hallway ceiling.
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