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Old 05-06-2013, 02:03 PM  
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If you have trusses, most or none of the structure can be cut away. You would likely have to work with the holes between the framing that you find there. If the attic was hand framed, you likely have a bridge beam at the top of the roof that the rafters butt into. The ridge beam is supported in the center of the end wall with a couple studs. Those studs can be cut and supported with a header to move the weight to stud on each side of the door. Not a big job for one person that knows what he is doing. The door would have to be insulated and sealed like any exterior door.
Still the strength of the joists would be the biggest consideration.


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Well, Smitten, those "beams" are called joists. Pictures will tell how large and what the spacing is (16" or 24" are common). The first video I provided has the stair kit being sintalled in a hallway with the kit running parallel to the joists. The second video series has the kit perpendicular to the joists (more complicated). As Neal correctly points out, the framing he used in the 2nd video series was weak -- should have been doubled to carry the ceiling load.

I have installed a wall door such as you describe. It worked nicely and was easy to do with 2x4 framing and a plywood door. Since you are going to store stuff, remember everything we have said so far. Also, the size (H and W) need to allow for large boxes too. The stair kit provides a large opening so this is not an issue.

Get started so you daughter can have a place to live!


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Thanks. I need to show this thread to my husband. I couldn't really tell you what or how the roof is or. Was done. I know the roof is a year or two old as they (flipper) re roofed it. But I could tell you if he did anything to the frame of the roof. I would guess if it would have cost more, then he would t have. The man cut corners at every turn. Beautified it with cheap labour but didn't check what was done. And then was surprised to find his beloved new copper pipping actually mean the kitchen sink was emptying into the crawl space under the house and not connected to the sewer line at all. On paper the house built in 1939 and remodeled in 1960s. The pitch if the roof looks similar to what it was when the flipper bought it. But they extended it out at the front to create a covered porch like area. And raised the roof of garage. I need to asks husband what roof frame he thinks we have but he is at work for now.
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Old 05-06-2013, 02:24 PM  
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Callmevilla......believe me I would have had this done a while ago if I could have. Prob didn't help we moved in three days before our daughter was born. And we never caught up with the chaos. But we are on a time limit now. It needs to be done by August. So hopefully that lights a fire up our buts.
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Dig thru these posts and write down all the questions asked here. So if you get him up there you can ask the questions and nothing will be forgottten.
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