Lightweight 12 foot compact ladder

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  1. Oct 26, 2012 #1

    BoyntonStu

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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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    Use a hard, strong wood and bolt, not screw, the fasteners.

    Loktite on the bolts wouldn't hurt, either.
     
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    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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    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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