I have a split level house. 1 level in the front with 2 levels in the back.
I have acces to attic space above the front level but to get into the attic
above the back half of the house I have to go into the front half attic and
squeeze between the roof rafters.
I used to be able to do this but over the years the space between the
rafters seems to have gotten smaller!!!
I have to get in there to take care of a few things. Whats the best way to
I'm thinking of putting one of those pull down starways into the upstairs
How do I know if its safe to cut through the rafters??? The stairs would be
going against the rafters not with them so I would have to cut through 5 - 7
rafters??? Is this a problem?
2nd choice is adding a large vent on the side of the house that is on
hinges. I could use a ladder, unpadlock the vent, swing it open and crawl in
Any advice welcome!!!!!
Never cut more than one joist and then you have to know how to create the
proper headers for the one you cut. If you can't find a spot where the
length of the pulldown runs with the joists you are most likely going to
have to find another option.
I will add that there is a small possibility since this is in a hall that it
can be done but it is going to take a pro looking at it to determine if
those hall walls are suitably supported under the floor and can carry the
load. Based on your questions you will not be able to make that
BTW, I share your pain. There are a lot of places I used to fit into that I
no longer do.:))))
One thing I ran across in some discussion here (as I recall) that
you may want to think about. If the attic has electrical wires
in it like mine, putting stairs up there may put you out
of code compliance. Wires can be exposed if the attic is
only accessible via a ladder. If there is are stairs, the
wires have to be covered. Or at least that's what I
believe I read here. No expert.
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