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Old 06-29-2020, 11:02 PM   #1
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Attic Stairs Modification help


Hello, I installed an attic stair to have access to the attic. Where I installed it, is a tight fit for the stair door to open and ladder to extend. I had to shorten and customize the stair to make it all fit. First image shows the stairs fully extended. Second Image shows, the stairs folded and folding the last step up is the only way the door will close without touching my wall.



Third image shows my issue, I am not sure how to solve the last step kicking back on me when I put pressure to climb the stair. I was thinking of adding a sliding bolt, but theirs not enough wood material to place it correctly. i need something that would allow me to fold up the stair when close and would lock it place when fully folded.



hit. reversing the hinges and having the step fold down will not allow me to close the door as it hits my wall. (as mentioned before is a tight space).


Any suggestions of what would allow me to lock the step in place when in use and will also allow me to fold it up when not in use.





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Old 06-29-2020, 11:30 PM   #2
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Can you put the slide locks on the inside of the rail
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If it wants to kick out that direction, I would say that its still too long.
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Too late now, but would it have been better to take chunks out of the center and bottom sections, rather than just the bottom?

Anyway, easy jury-rig fix: get a pair of U-bolts with a decent spacing. Drill holes in the corners of the sections. Stick the ends of the U-bolts in the holes. When done, remove U-bolts and stick only one end in one of the holes on each side for storage.
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https://www.paragonstairs.com/produc...JfD_BwE#review


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The biggest part of your problem is that that bottom section folds the wrong way. The other section locks tightly when you put pressure on it but the bottom section being hinged the other way doesn't lock when pressure is put on it. It's just a basic mechanical principal that doesn't work in this case.
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