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Old 03-22-2013, 08:31 PM   #1
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Attic access panel options

Hey, This is my first post here so thanks in advance for the site, and any help anyone can provide. Im nearly finished with a new constuction of an apartment above a garage and building dept just told me about the need for attic access. It must be no less then the required 22" x 30". The guys who did the construction did not know the code requirements thus never framed out any access and now this is my situation. The apartment interior is finished and my options as follows.One, to put an access panel thru the ceiling, removing a piece of a ceiling joist,as joists are 16in apart, boxing it out, making the panel,dealing with reinsulating it and all the other issues that may arise. Im not that confident I can do this without fouling something up and at the very least,messing up a perfect drywall job. Option two, I asked the building dept if I could make the access through an outside wall and they said yes. My question is would you advise against going thru and outside wall to make an access door/panel? I feel more comfortable cutting thru the siding as its only t-111 with osb underneath and no insulation. I would also be removing one piece of the 2 x 6 wall,as they to are 16" apart, and boxing out a small frame. The attic space is really unuseable as its so small so Im making this only to get a CO and not for normal use, if i ever use it at all.


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Old 03-22-2013, 08:58 PM   #2
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I still would do it in the ceiling not the outside.
Reason being I've seen way to many times where the trim around that opening on the outside rots as well as the siding.

It's not a fun job but that hole can be made in the ceiling with little or no damage to the ceiling outside of the hole that needs to be made.


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Is it joists or trusses? My scuttle is actually around 24" x 24", due to the joists are 24" apart, makes for a tight fit. Min. 18"x24" So you will be fine with this model.
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go through the ceiling, may be more work but will have less issues in the long run

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Thanks for the input. Ill do it thru the ceiling. With everything Ive read about doing an access panel, I should be fine. I really needed the confirmation that going thru an outside wall was not a good option.
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