Heavy Attic Hatch Door Needs a Lift
I have an insulated attic hatch that is enclosed and covered by a hinged plywood door covered with rigid foam board (about 5 x 2.5 feet) which weighs about 15 pounds. Of course, the door is laid flat over the hatch and it's kind of heavy to lift it when going into the attic or pulling it down when leaving the attic. I trying to figure out a way to make it easier to lift and close, and I'm looking for ideas.
One thought I've had is to use a bungee cord or elastic tie down hooked to the door and the rafters about eight feet above it in the attic. But I guess then the door would stay open while I was in the attic.
Another thought is to create some kind of pulley and counterweight system, but I don't know how to do that.
Any other ideas?