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daylily 08-01-2009 07:40 PM

remove ceiling joist brace
Hello All,

I am going to attempt to replace my old attic ladder. My house was built in the early 60's and I need to replace my broken ladder. I had a lot of trouble finding a ladder to fit the same size rough opening hole. The one I chose is 1 1/2" inches longer than my old opening. I got up there and measured and found that I need to remove one of the double braces (two braces back to back) in order to fit in the new ladder kit. I am not very handy but I understand how the new ladder is suppose to go in. I need help in figureing out how to remove the one brace. I'm gusessing that it is nailed into the ceiling joist at both ends. Is there a saw or some special tool that I can beg borrow or rent to cut along the ceiling joist to cut the nails off in order to remove the one brace. I'm up for the job but just need a little helpful hint. Thanks.

Scuba_Dave 08-01-2009 08:15 PM

Can you post a picture of the brace?
Is it just the 2x across the joists to mount the ladder?
In that case a sawzall would work
Just install another brace behind the single brace

Gary in WA 08-02-2009 07:45 PM

As Dave said, a pic would be nice. If lath and plaster on the ceiling, removing one header ceiling joist is not too difficult. But the lath is probably nailed to the inside doubler, the one to remove. Or the doubler could be nailed to a tail ceiling joist, a lot more difficult. If you cut the ceiling material nails after the framing supporting nails, it will get worse. Picture is worth a thousand words. Be safe, G

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