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Old 07-01-2010, 05:39 AM   #1
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Installing a drop stairs.


I would like to access my crawlspace above my garage. The drop down stair systems that I have looked at, require me to cut a ceiling joist out in order for it fit. Do I sister additional 2x10's next to the one joist I am cutting & put in a header piece in on top & bottom of opening? I am following the length of joist, not cutting accross it. Thanks
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Installing a drop stairs.


Yes, in some cases blocking to the next set of joists is also a good idea

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Installing a drop stairs.


With existing 2x10's as ceiling ONLY joists......... Now you are adding a storage load to deep joists that are probably at their span limit now with just the ceiling load.
1. How big is the span, in feet?
2. Distance of on center spacing, in inches?
3. Type of wood (species)?
4. Location of stairs in span?
5. Weight of stairs?
6. Storage weight?
7. Garage door back-hang supported from joists near (or on same joist) proposed stair?

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thanks for your reply. I hadn't thought about the extra weight. I will have to explore these questions...............thanks
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