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Old 06-22-2008, 06:06 AM   #16
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Pull Down Attic Stairs HELP!


Have tenatively settled on Rainbow metal telescoping attic stairs. Reviews suggest they are quite strong. My concern with stair strength results from our placement of utilities (hot water tank, a/c, etc.) on top of reinforced concrete "safe room" that is accessable through a walkway ifrom the garage ceiling.

If there's a better brand or alternative, would appreciate recommendations.

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Old 06-22-2008, 11:35 AM   #17
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My garage is 22'x22' with a 16' storage room and 6' lawn mower bay at one end. Kinda dawned on me that I could put about half the upper part of the stairs into the storage room, leaving floor space below, and the remaining part as a hinged swing down unit. This way I can have stronger, wider steps and can access by moving the mower. A door will conceal the lower stair when folded.
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Old 06-22-2008, 11:40 AM   #18
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Now, that would work for you. As for the railings, they would have to be set up in a way that you can collapse them, which means removable pins, or move when you hoist the stairs with a winch. As for the winch type, an electrical can work, or you can use the type as found on Boat Trailers. You will have to use Bolts to secure the Risers and allow them to pivot, due to using hinges, can cause failure later on.
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I had a set of fold up stairs in my shop for a long time. They were about 13 feet long, 30 inches wide with some heavy hinges on one end. We had rigged up a small electric hoist to put it up and down. The backs of the stringers were sheeted with plywood painted to match the ceiling. You have to be careful that you have a limit switch to stop the hoist when it reaches the top. The hoist was geared low enough that it held the stairs in the up position without any kind of lock. After some remodelling, it wasn't needed anymore and I did away with it, but it worked fine for about 15 years. It was kind of nice in the summer. You could run it down about 6 inches and turn on the exhaust fan in the attic and cool the shop.
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Old 03-15-2009, 02:15 PM   #20
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House is nearing completion and I have to decide on the stairs to access a large storage area over my garage. Trying to find the safest, most stair like pull-down unit. I am currently looking at one piece slide down units.

I am also building a hoist similiar to a versa-lift to hoist items into the garage attic storage area.

I need advice on which stair units to look at. I'm sure some of the members have experience with these. This is a retirement home and, planning ahead, we want to install something strong, safe and convenient to use.
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You should place the opening in another location such as a hallway, or if you garage is attached, that may work. As for the height, you are able to get extensions for the stairs for cases such as yours.

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Old 11-24-2010, 04:25 PM   #22
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This is an old thread, but thanks.

We had the hoist fabricated and installed along with a set of Rainbow Prestige attic stairs I purchased on Craigslist for $400. They are outstanding.


http://rainbowatticstair.com/

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