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Old 04-04-2013, 02:11 PM   #1
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Pull down stairs without the frame?

I have a loft space in my garage that I would love to be able to access with some kind of pull-down ladder. I store fairly large things up there (partial sheets of plywood, etc) so a standard attic ladder with the rectangular frame wouldn't work.

What I'm picturing is some kind of pull-down ladder that only needs to mount to a perpendicular bulkhead (like a joist) at the top end. Does such a thing exist?
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Old 04-04-2013, 03:51 PM   #2
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Guy I met awhile back was showing me his garage, walks over to a button on the wall and says "check this out". Pushes said button and a set of stairs drops out of the damn ceiling. He said he used a garage door opener for the mechanism but I'm sure you could use a rope/pulley too. I thought that was clever as hell, full stairway and a big hole in the ceiling to move big stuff up there.
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Old 04-04-2013, 04:52 PM   #3
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Does such a thing exist?
The "frame" is only so you'll have something to sheetrock up to, and hold back blown insulation in the attic. The weight is carried by a header to which the top of the "stairs" are attached. Next time you're near a Home Depot that has the barns/sheds for sale outside that you can look at go into, look in the one that's tall enough to have a loft. It has the stairs, without frame, that you're talking about.


Or go here: http://www.atticladdersplus.com/?gcl...Fe8WMgod0n4A5Q
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Old 04-04-2013, 06:19 PM   #4
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The "frame" is only so you'll have something to sheetrock up to, and hold back blown insulation in the attic. The weight is carried by a header to which the top of the "stairs" are attached. Next time you're near a Home Depot that has the barns/sheds for sale outside that you can look at go into, look in the one that's tall enough to have a loft. It has the stairs, without frame, that you're talking about.


Or go here: http://www.atticladdersplus.com/?gcl...Fe8WMgod0n4A5Q

That Werner on there for small openings looks like the ticket. Looks like pretty much all the others have the lift assist springs that have to go back along the sides, and that's what I want to avoid. Now to see if my local Lowes has that Werner...
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Old 04-05-2013, 04:27 PM   #5
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I fit plenty of these here in the UK. I'm sure you can get something similar.

http://www.youngmangroup.com/product...ic-loft-ladder
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Old 04-05-2013, 08:29 PM   #6
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Was trying to remember where I saw it and I think it was on HGTV but you still have the framed pull down stairs but theres a company that makes a lift that fits in the ceiling and mounts to the roof rafters. I never looked into it but it can't lift much but enough to pull a big plastic tote up to the attic.

Search Google for "attic lift". There are several diy versions that might help you.
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