How I Converted an Attic Vent Into a Quick Access Hatch
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.
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.
I started by gently popping the trim around the vent off with a mini pry bar.
With the trim off and the nails removed the vent came out in one piece.
I started a couple frames with 1 x 4 pine boards and my Kreg Pocket hole jig.
With the pocket holes, screws and a little glue, I assembled the frames in a couple minutes.
I used a router to carve recessed beds for hinge plates to lay in.
Nice and neat.
I screwed the hinges and the old vent onto the frames.
With the hinge pins out, I could fasten the unit with self drilling screws, without the heavier face frame flopping around.
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.
A couple color matched coats of paint and this project was done.
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.
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!
- Spax Self Drilling Screws Screws (Hardware Store)
- 1 x 4 pine (Hardware Store)
- Color Matched Paint (Home Depot)
- Acrylic / Silicone Calk (paintable) (Hardware Store)
- Kilz Plus Primer (Hardware Store)
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
Published November 20th, 2016 5:20 PM
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