How I Converted an Attic Vent Into a Quick Access Hatch

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I'm getting ready to do a major kitchen remodel that going to require a bunch of attic work. Rather than crawling the dirty, head bashing distance from the garage scuttle, I came up with this easy hatch project.
Time: 2 HoursCost: $50Difficulty: Easy
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
We have existing vents like this on all sides of the house. They're locked in place. I had the idea while patching a hole in the siding, thinking it would be a perfect place for me to crawl in, directly above the kitchen.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
I started by gently popping the trim around the vent off with a mini pry bar.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
With the trim off and the nails removed the vent came out in one piece.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
I started a couple frames with 1 x 4 pine boards and my Kreg Pocket hole jig.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
With the pocket holes, screws and a little glue, I assembled the frames in a couple minutes.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
I used a router to carve recessed beds for hinge plates to lay in.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
Nice and neat.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
I screwed the hinges and the old vent onto the frames.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
With the hinge pins out, I could fasten the unit with self drilling screws, without the heavier face frame flopping around.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
I caulked the seams and gave it a coat of quality primer. This thing would be facing the setting Phonix sun, so I wanted it protected.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
A couple color matched coats of paint and this project was done.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
Pretty cool huh? I'm not sure I'm going to leave it forever, but it's going to be a HUGE help when I start crawling around re-wiring the kitchn lighting, moving the vent hood duct, and tearing out the soffits.
  • how i converted an attic vent into a quick access hatch, hvac
There's a ton more info in the blog post, as well as a view of the short attic space with the itchy, mystery insulation. Check out the "To see more:" link below!

Suggested materials for this project:

  • Spax Self Drilling Screws Screws  (Hardware Store)
  • 1 x 4 pine  (Hardware Store)
  • Color Matched Paint  (Home Depot)
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John @ AZ DIY Guy

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