I've been asked to fit a loft ladder for someone who has a hatch 65cm squar
e and limited height in the loft of 65cm to store the ladder.
Looks like we need a concertina one or a telescopic one.
Anyone any experience of telescopic ones? They seem to be about £200.
I reckon concertina ones aren't as good as they tend to bounce up and down
as you use them which can be unnerving!
65cm is the space between the floor of the loft and the beam above, having looked at the spec of ordinary 3 part loft ladders they need 75cm of headroom but once fully parked they probably only take up about 30cm in height.
I have a concertina one, had it for over 20 years. Still OK but at first I
was a bit distrustful since it does feel squishy even with the catches
engaged. I would say though that you need quite a bit of effort to
concertina it and hook it back in the right place or it can come and hit you
on the head. However I guess if its only going to be used by fit tradesmen
or whatever its fine. Lofts are filthy places, so no matter what you do just
opening the hatch filed the landing with grit dead spiders and almost
anything else it seems.
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Mine is a sliding 3-section aluminium, it pivots flat as it raises
through the hatch, don't suppose it exceeds 65cm height (don't think
I've ever been in loft with the ladder "up" though), provided you have
the room for it to lay more or less flat
Is 65 cm the maximum storage height or the maximum headroom? Many ladders
need to extend vertically above the hatch by almost the length of one
section as they are being pushed up, before then pivoting so they are
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