How to Change an Attic Pull String to a Hook

4 Materials
10 Minutes

Our house had a pull down attic with a dangling string to open it. I HATED that string. It hung low and was in your face, plus it was old and ratty looking. So, we removed it and replaced it with a hook and dowel system. Much better! Be sure to check out this project and hundreds of more DIYs on my blog!

Pull string before

Here is what the pull string looked like on our attic door before.

Pull string before

It was super ugly and dangled too low!

Open attic and see how string is attached

See how your string is attached on the backside of the door. Ours went thru the hole and was tied in a knot around an old rusty nail. Cool cool cool! Super safe and aesthetically pleasing.

Remove string

I just used scissors to cut the string and pull it out. It came out without issue and went straight in the garbage.

Eye bolt + nut

We purchased eye bolts to fit our hole. The 1/4 x 3 inch size worked for us.

Add hook

Screw the eye bolt into the hole that previously held the rope/string. Add the bolt to the back and tighten until tight.

Much better!

That looks so much more clean!

Create your hook

Screw a screw hook into the end of a dowel. We just screwed this in by hand. This will be used to pull the hook and open the attic. When not in use, we stored it behind out laundry room door.


Enjoy your much better looking attic door!

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1 question
  • Phyllis Rodgers
    Phyllis Rodgers
    on Sep 1, 2020

    Any ideas on how to seal around an the inside of the attic door like this to keep out hot air leaks in summer and cold ones in winter?

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  • William
    on Sep 1, 2020

    So simple. Very cool. Since the end of the dowel is end grain I like to predrill the hole. Then a dab of super glue on the hook threads before screwing it in to prevent the hole enlarging and loosing the hook in the future from use

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