Recently the hinge on my attic ladder broke and my friend welded a
reinforcement strip of metal to the hinge to prevent a repeat. The
original manufacturer's design must have been a little off because the
hinge had been bending over a long period of time.
Unfortunalely without holding it in place with an unused closet pole,
the door now hangs down about a half inch, allowing a considrable
amount of cold air into the room from the attic. I now half to close
the door to that room or let my heater attempt to "catch-up".
What are my options to solve the problem. Perhaps some sort of
decorative "latch" attached to the frame to hold the attic door to the
ceiling. Has anyone else done this? What works best? I'd like a
solution that solves the problem and still allows it to look okay. I
used wood trim previously to frame out the opening and all is painted
white. Buying a whole new attic ladder seems overkill and unneccessary
as the ladder itself works nicely otherwise and doesn't leak air (not
noticable) if fully closed.
Unfortunately, the original hinge design isn't the best. (not apparant
until ladder has been used 30 or 40 times). Menards probably supplied
their store from some overseas manufacturer that didn't test the design
properly. Buying new from the manufacturer just recreates the original
problem and I'll have another bent/broken hinge 3 years down the road.
Doug Miller wrote:
Bungie cords or a pair of long extension springs, screwed to
the first section of ladder and the roof. Or big-ass
magnets and a metal plate. How much force is needed to
keep the thing in the fully closed position?
Since you had to reassemble it, are you sure you got the springs
re tensioned the way they're supposed to be? In mine, the springs have
to be routed over a pair of metal bars that hold them away from the
I'd go to a hardware store (or even a neighbor's house) and compare with
how they look when properly assembled.
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I installed a sash lock on my attic door, with weather stripping
around the edge.
This seems to have worked for me, but I've been looking at the "pink
cap" from OC to further minimize air leakage.
tom @ www.FreeCreditCheckGuide.com
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