A DIY Attic Hatch Option


One of our most popular series on the HTRC is on Air-Sealing& Insulating especially in regards to the attic. For most of us living inthe South we are concerned with keeping the heat from the attic out of ourhomes during the summer. During the winter the issue flips a 180° for those upnorth who want to keep the heat out of the attic & stop a major cause ofice dams. The nice thing about an insulated attic
Finished look from the inside
Finished look from the inside
A quick look of the manufacturers edge which will be nice & flat for a tight fit. You couple that with some foam weather-stripping & the hold down below should leave you a fairly air-tight hatch.
A quick look of the manufacturers edge which will be nice & flat for a tight fit. You couple that with some foam weather-stripping & the hold down below should leave you a fairly air-tight hatch.
It really isn't that difficult to cut or notch around any obstructions. You can easily see how we left the end pieces long to overlap the sides which were attached with Liquid Nail
It really isn't that difficult to cut or notch around any obstructions. You can easily see how we left the end pieces long to overlap the sides which were attached with Liquid Nail
Doubling up the foam on the sides &/or ends not only increases the assemblies R-Value but adds more rigidity. The piece you see towards the bottom is for a walkway & storage area which had cellulose blown under it
Doubling up the foam on the sides &/or ends not only increases the assemblies R-Value but adds more rigidity. The piece you see towards the bottom is for a walkway & storage area which had cellulose blown under it
A couple of eye hooks & a few bungee cords helps hold the hatch in place
A couple of eye hooks & a few bungee cords helps hold the hatch in place
Picture of the lid in place from above
Picture of the lid in place from above

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  • Mark Tyrol
    on Jul 20, 2013

    Another option is to purchase an attic stair cover kit. Battic Door offers an R-50 attic stair cover kit that installs in a few minutes without any tools and costs less than $100.

    a diy attic hatch option, home maintenance repairs, how to, The Battic Door R 50 attic stair cover that meets the the new Codes Installs in minutes without tools and provides and insulated sealed cap that lift easily out of the way when you want to enter the attic 22x54 25x54 30x54 sizes, Builder magazine selected Battic Door from 1000 s of exhibitors to be profiled for their Best of Day 2 video at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show January 22 24 2013 in Las Vegas, Battic Door s Attic Stair Cover kit was featured on DIY Channel s I Want That at the 2013 NAHB International Builders Show
  • Good point @Mark Tyrol & I actually did recommend the "hatch" version if you follow the link to my original article - as for that flimsy $100 FG filled cover - I wouldn't waste my money on it nor recommend it - just because something can meet code, doesn't mean it is worth it or a good fit for most

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