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Attic pull-down ladders, also called attic pull-down stairways, are collapsible  ladders that are permanently attached to the attic floor. Occupants can use  these ladders to access their atticsAttic pull down ladder without being required to carry a portable  ladder.
Common Defects

Homeowners, not professional carpenters, usually install  attic pull-down ladders. Evidence of this distinction can be observed in  consistently shoddy and dangerous work that rarely meets safety standards. Some  of the more common defective conditions observed by inspectors include:

  • cut bottom cord of structural truss. Often, homeowners will cut through a  structural member in the field while installing a pull-down ladder, unknowingly  weakening the structure. Structural members should not be modified in the field  without an engineer’s approval;
  • fastened with improper nails or screws. Homeowners often use drywall or deck  screws rather than the standard 16d penny nails or ¼” x 3” lag screws. Nails and  screws that are intended for other purposes may have reduced shear strength and  they may not support pull-down ladders;
  • fastened with an insufficient number of nails or screws. Manufacturers  provide a certain number of nails with instructions that they all be  used, and they probably do this for a good reason. Inspectors should be wary of “place nail here” notices that are nowhere near any nails;
  • lack of insulation. Hatches in many houses (especially older ones) are not  likely to be weather-stripped and/or insulated. An uninsulated attic hatch  allows air from the attic to flow freely into the home, which may cause the  heating or cooling  system to run overtime. An attic hatch cover box can be installed to  increase energy savings;
  • loose mounting bolts. This condition is more often caused by age rather than  installation, although improper installation will hasten the loosening process;
  • attic pull-down ladders are cut too short. Stairs should reach the  floor;
  • attic pull-down ladders are cut too long. This causes pressure at the  folding hinge, which can cause breakage;
  • improper or missing fasteners;
  • compromised  fire barrier when installed in the garage;
  • attic ladder frame is not properly secured to the ceiling opening;
  • closed ladder is covered with debris, such as blown  insulation or roofing material shed during roof work. Inspectors can place a  sheet on the floor beneath the ladder to catch whatever debris may fall onto the  floor; and
  • cracked steps. This defect is a problem with wooden ladders.
  • In sliding pull-down ladders, there is a potential for the ladder to slide  down quickly without notice. Always pull the ladder down slowly and  cautiously.

From  Attic Pull-Down Ladders – InterNACHI http://www.nachi.org/attic-ladders.htm#ixzz2P3FOJm4y

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