I need to have access to my attic to check for rodents, fix some wiring and
repair the bathroom vent fan.
Would it be reasonable to replace my small attic vent on the side of the
house with a larger vent that was on hinges and could swing open to allow me
access from a ladder. It could be padlocked from the outside. maybe with a
built in fan to vent the attic.
It might not be to convenient in the winter but I wouldn't use it then. The
only hallway where I could put a drop down stairway has the rafters running
the wrong way so I couldn't cut them to put the ladder in. I could put one
in one of the unused bedroom but it might not help the resale value if
someone wants to use that room as a bedroom again???
Any suggestions appreciated.
If it is for infrequent access, I would say to just cut a hole in the
ceiling inside a closet, don't bother with the drop-down stairs. Cut a
square hole between two joists, frame it with 1x's, and make a plywood
square that is held up by the 1x's and stays in place by gravity. Add
a piece of insulation on top of the plywood. Just make sure you cut
the hole in a place where there is enough headroom to get into the
attic once you crawl through your access hole.
My sister's house has this type of attic access, and when a tornado
came through a few years back, there was no damage to the house other
than the trap door that was held in place by gravity had been sucked
up, and then dropped back down through the hole.
Yes, I think I'll do that to. I'll make a little door that looks nice to
fill the hole. The closets are closer to the side walls and wont leave much
head room plus like you say clearing out the closet to get access.
Many houses already have that type of access. Check your closets. Mine even
has a light up there with a pull chain.
You may also want to consider some planks to walk on. I put 12" boards down
the center to make it easier and safer to get down the other end.
I grew up in a house where one part of the attic was inaccessible (we
One day we took down a 4ft by 8ft mirror to remove wallpaper... and
found an access panel. You never khow where the bugger is hiding.
Agreed. I highly doubt there are any junction boxes up there, since
there are only two ceiling fixtures (bathroom lights). I've opened the
wall (AC thru-wall) and the outlet wiring is run through the studs,
rather than above. I *know* there are no plumbing valves up there.
It's not all that unusual to get down to -30F here. By now I'd know
about any plumbing up there. ;-)
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