Attic Ladders first introduced the innovative foldaway attic ladder to Australia and also supplies a wide range of timber and cast-alloy foldaway ladders. Attic Ladders consists of a team of expert tradesmen who install the ladders for customers all over the country.
However, there has been a steady increase in the percentage of attic ladder purchasers who have had confidence in their handyman, handyperson skills to DIY in installing their ladders. The major customers of Attic Ladders opt to have the company provide a quality craftsman to install the ladders. The cost for installation depends on the style of ladder and the work required to create a satisfactory opening in the ceiling.
Attic Ladders has put together a comprehensive DIY installation guide for clients who reckon they have the necessary ‘nous’ and skills to do the job themselves. Attic Ladders provides step-by-step instructions for the DIY installation of each range of foldaway ladder.
“The basic requirements for anyone wanting to install their own attic ladder are, besides the necessary ability of course, are a saw to create the opening in the ceiling, a spirit level and set square to make sure the ladder box is installed perfectly level in the opening and a drill,” says Attic Ladders operations manager, Chris Wilson.
Chris said there were a few basic steps every DIY person should heed when installing a ladder. These are as follows:
- Select the most convenient location for your ladder:- "Installation, when possible, should be at the highest point in the roof cavity to provide the best access when climbing into the cavity".
- Inspect the area above the ceiling:- "This is to make sure there are no obstructions such as electrical wiring, pipes, hot water service and major beams, ensure the beams and joists run square with walls below and that the joists can be cut correctly".
- Do not cut trusses:- "Our ladders can be installed working within the trusses".
- Check that there is enough space beneath the proposed ceiling opening for the ladder to unfold to the floor:- "Depending on where the opening is cut, you have to remember that the ladder can fold out correctly and is not hampered by objects such as walls or doors".