Anyone ever install attic stairs on their own? I am replacing my existing wooden stairs with new aluminum stairs and the online instructions provided by Werner almost make it look like you really only need one person if you plan it right.
The hardest part was getting the old ladder out, after getting the new ladder up into the attic.
How I did it:
1. I screwed some L brackets onto the old ladder, used my Sawzall to cut the nails holding the old ladder in place and lifter it up into the attic.
2. I used four small L brackets (from the old ladder) screwed to the new ladder, so when I manhandled it into the opening, it settled in right at the perfect level, then I simply used some lags to screw it permanently into place.
I did the Werner ones with just a gopher to run get stuff. My opening was a bit over sized so I needed to reduce the size with some ply ripped to 8" (joist match). One step the instructions don't mention that I suggest, when you place the scab board on each end to hold the unit in place add 2-4 screws to secure the ladder frame to the support board. In other words make darn sure the unit can not fall off the supports.
I also thought the drill bit size stated for the lag screws was a bit large so I used a smaller bit for a tighter bite. If you have to frame it out you may need longer lag screws than provided with the kit.
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