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Old 11-17-2010, 02:13 AM   #1
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Ideal drop down attic stairs


I'm building a new roof and putting in a useable attic. I would like to install a drop down stair case that meets the following criteria:

1) Space for a cieling opening is limited to 44" wide and up to 86" long. Although less would be fine
2) Should be very sturdy as I will be storing things including unused furniture etc up there. (floor is rated for live loads)
3) Attic will have air circulation but will be minimally heated so the stairs should be well sealing and insulated.
4) Should be stairs not a ladder. The closer to normal rise/run the better.
5) The stairs should be mechanically smooth, easy operating and not fall on the user. Maybe incorporate a lift assist and shock absorber or something. The safer the better.
6) Should be attractive. I.E. Wrought iron hand rails and hardwood steps just for an example.

The walls are 8'-2" walls. There are beefy 16" double headers all around the opening.

Does anyone know of the ideal drop down stair case? Seen a project like this?

Thanks.

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Old 11-17-2010, 05:58 AM   #2
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We had a very nice pull down stair in the house I grew up in, cerca 1912. Can't recall the manufacturer, but it was much longer than most stairways today, and must studier, actually a stairway. Not even sure if they are still made, probably too expensive.

I assume you have done a search of the net??

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I have similar recolections. I'm not sure where from. I just hope someone has pictures or a project they know of I could use as a guide. Thanks.
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Old 11-18-2010, 06:10 AM   #4
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The name is Bessler co. and they are still in business. Look them up on web. Not inexpensive, but has most of the features you are requesting.
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