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Old 10-26-2012, 07:08 AM  
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I need to climb a set of narrow stairs with a ladder in order to reach the attic from a closet. (I have 2 units).

I have to get up there twice a year to flush out the a/c condensate lines.

I have other ladders, but this ladder would be dedicated for this purpose.

I believe that a 10 foot read would be fine for an 8 foot ceiling.

One solution that comes to mind, is to buy an extension ladder ($25 Craigs List) and cut it into a pair of 6 foot sections.

I don't want to spend a lot for a Little Giant or a Gorilla.

Another possibility is to mimic the wood folding attic ladder concept and hinge two 5 foot sections.

Ideas?



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Buying a used ladder and cutting it down to make it usable sound like a plan. Don't you love these builders that think the only place you can put the access is the closet.



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Another possibility is to mimic the wood folding attic ladder concept and hinge two 5 foot sections.
Use a hard, strong wood and bolt, not screw, the fasteners.

Loktite on the bolts wouldn't hurt, either.
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Buying a used ladder and cutting it down to make it usable sound like a plan. Don't you love these builders that think the only place you can put the access is the closet.
The A/C Air Humidifier and Condensation pans are up there.

I can't begin to imagine how anyone could get a unit through that small rectangle.

Anyone know?
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They put it up there before the drywall went up from the hallway. The best part is all the insulation in the closet when your done. I would see if there is a chance of moving the access to the hall or evan a bedroom.

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They put it up there before the drywall went up from the hallway. The best part is all the insulation in the closet when your done. I would see if there is a chance of moving the access to the hall or evan a bedroom.

Great idea.

I bought a used lightweight 16 foot ladder for $20 in Craigslist.

The kind with the spring-loaded J capture, no pulley.

I believe that half of it will work and make the stairs.


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