John @ AZ DIY Guy
John @ AZ DIY Guy
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How I Converted an Attic Vent Into a Quick Access Hatch

5 Materials
$50
2 Hours
Easy

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.
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:

  • Spax Self Drilling Screws Screws  (Hardware Store)
  • 1 x 4 pine  (Hardware Store)
  • Color Matched Paint  (Home Depot)
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  • Ele13318401
    on Dec 19, 2016

    por lo que veo la cerradura va en el exterior porque es el acceso que tendra, por eso abrio esa escotilla, no tiene otro acceso al entretecho y tiene que trabajar dentro

    • John @ AZ DIY Guy
      on Jan 12, 2017

      La cerradura está afuera. Voy a utilizar esta escotilla para entrar en el ático, no para salir de ella. Perdona mi español, estoy usando Google Translate.

  • Jan Lawrance
    on Jan 11, 2017

    Clever idea, but at our house we would have uninvited guests; ie birds and bats!

    • John @ AZ DIY Guy
      on Jan 12, 2017

      The louvered vent piece has a heavy duty screen built-in. Nothing but the tiniest of bugs can slip through. Phoenix has been known to have roof rats. I'm on guard!

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