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Old 01-14-2019, 11:41 PM   #1
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Attic Access Panel Issues


I seem to have a problem with my finished garage and its attic access panel. It just simply won't fit and lay down into the surrounding trim molding and I believe its due to the electrical junction box that is getting in the way. This is the first time I am attempting to install the panel.



The attic access is a standard 22x30 though the cut piece of drywall is not evenly squared as one side is cut to 21" 3/8 and the opposite side @ 21" 3/4. Aside from trimming 1/4" from each side, width wise, I am starting to think I should opt for an access door that swings down into the garage space (and not above into the attic) so the J box won't get in the way.


Thoughts? I have that trim in place now and would prefer not to touch it if possible.



I am sure this has been solved somehow in the past and I would like to hear your story and/or suggestions.



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Set a T from a drop ceiling in the middle and cut the drywall cover in half.
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I am starting to think I should opt for an access door that swings down into the garage space (and not above into the attic) so the J box won't get in the way.

Sounds like a good idea.
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What does that mean - This is the first time I am attempting to install the panel. ? There must have been a cover there before right, as in when the house was built, or did you just cut this access hole or did you just put up that j-box ? I assume the cover was there, you took it off to get up there (to install j-box ?) but now you can't put it back on ? What am I missing here ?
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The box should have been installed on top of the joist. That's a lot to crawl through and get caught on. I'd just move the access spot to a clear area.
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The box should have been installed on top of the joist. That's a lot to crawl through and get caught on. I'd just move the access spot to a clear area.
I think there is a ridged conduit there.
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What does that mean - This is the first time I am attempting to install the panel. ? There must have been a cover there before right, as in when the house was built, or did you just cut this access hole or did you just put up that j-box ? I assume the cover was there, you took it off to get up there (to install j-box ?) but now you can't put it back on ? What am I missing here ?
My garage was recently sheetrocked and Electrical work was done. All I had to do was paint it and Upon finishing the small details I finally decided to try and install the cut out access panel that was left behind for me.

I think the T Bar Method is a viable option except I do need to keep that space accessible if any electrical work or maintenance needs to be done in and around that J box area.

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My garage was recently sheetrocked and Electrical work was done. All I had to do was paint it and Upon finishing the small details I finally decided to try and install the cut out access panel that was left behind for me.

I think the T Bar Method is a viable option except I do need to keep that space accessible if any electrical work or maintenance needs to be done in and around that J box area.

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The T bar does not need to be attached so it will all be removable.
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My garage was recently sheetrocked and Electrical work was done. All I had to do was paint it and Upon finishing the small details I finally decided to try and install the cut out access panel that was left behind for me.
It was left behind for you to install b/c the goofs realized it wouldn't fit up into there or they would have put it up there b/4 they left - that's really bad

I agree - move the access spot to a clear area and since ur at it, go ahead and install a set of stairs
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Drywall guys here put a 1/2 lip around the hole with metal trim on it so you don't need to do anything but drop in the door piece.
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The T bar does not need to be attached so it will all be removable.

I like this idea and I am trying to find examples online and parts needed but not really finding what I need. Would you happen to have any links handy?
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It was left behind for you to install b/c the goofs realized it wouldn't fit up into there or they would have put it up there b/4 they left - that's really bad

I agree - move the access spot to a clear area and since ur at it, go ahead and install a set of stairs

Yes, they could have placed that J box higher. Unfortunately, the crawl space up there is so small that the likelihood of accessing the space is low.



The attic access was primarily placed to be able to access the J box.
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I think @Nealtw is talking about just getting 1 Tbar for a suspended ceiling (come in metal or plastic) and cut it to fit. Then you can first slide in a half of drywall under the electrical box, shimmy up the Tbar to that, then drop in the other half of drywall.
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I think @Nealtw is talking about just getting 1 Tbar for a suspended ceiling (come in metal or plastic) and cut it to fit. Then you can first slide in a half of drywall under the electrical box, shimmy up the Tbar to that, then drop in the other half of drywall.

Ahh thanks, that helps!



I came across this product which seems like a good fit, though its not fire rated.
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