Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 13
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by HC Well built ladder
I installed this ladder in new construction. I suggest watching the video on their website. The instructions that come with the ladder are not as clear. Following the video steps, the ladder was easy to install. For cutting the ladder to length, I found it easier to cut a test piece of scrap wood to verify the angle of the cut and exact length. I also removed the bottom section of the ladder so it was easier to cut it to length. If you do this, you have to gently pry the metal hinge away from the ladder section. It has bolsters on the hinge that recess into the wooden part of the ladder.
Also, as someone else mentioned, the ladder door is not flush with the ceiling if you follow the installation instructions. The door extends 3/8" lower than the frame when closed. I installed the ladder before my 3/4" Tongue and Groove pine ceiling (flush with the ceiling trusses). So, I'm going to plane some of the T&G ceiling boards that I'll attach to the door to make it appear flush with the rest of the ceiling.
The door is easy to operate with the supplied opener. I like not having a string hanging down. The latch keeps the door in a fully closed position. The ladder is very sturdy and well built. Overall, I really like the ladder.
May 5, 2015
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by sailor not well made
wood frame was split in several places requiring a repair before installation. Works well--should have better material.
October 28, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Leonardo Best of the Best
I installed two of these in my 9 foot tall garage. Easy install with a great, quality product. I ended up screwing a pair of 2x4's to the ceiling and dropping the unit onto them. Not like the instructions, but I did two by myself in under 6 hours (due to removal of old ones and ceiling preparations). This ladder is rock solid and the cover is insulated between wood sheets.
January 2, 2012
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Larry Attic Ladder
This ladder looks good in the pictures. It is not made a nice as it looks. The frame is not very sturdy and was split on one of the corners. The wood has been machined down so thin that I am willing to bet MOST if not all will be split because of the thin wood. I scabbed a piece of wood in place and installed it anyway. But would order a different brand next time I need a attic stair.
January 4, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by russ Highly Recommending
This attic ladder is very sturdy because it was constructed like a piece of furniture. Mechanically sound and smooth to operate.
The installation instructions show it being mounted from the top of the opening. I found it much easier to remove the bottom two sections of the ladder ( eliminate weight ) and install it from the bottom of the opening.
November 8, 2011
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by robbj best stairs
My son and I installed this stairs with ease.This unit is a first class unit.I like the solid cabinet style construction,the way the springs are out of the way,the smooth operation and the insulated door with seal.I owned a lumber yard for 35 yrs. and never saw a stairs as good as this.I am very happy I purchased this attic stairs
June 28, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by lozeng Great solution with only minor problems on installation
My ranch attic only had a 22.5 x 22.5 hatch with no ladder, so I installed the Fakro in the ceiling of the basement stairwell. I realised the ladder would touch down on the second or third step from the top, so I got the 10ft rather than the 8ft version I would have used if it had been a regular installation. Anyway, I managed to install it by myself using a 'Heath Robinson' temporary scaffold and work platform I installed in the stairwell. The only problem: the temporary support at the hinge end needs to be more like 1/2 inch rather than the 1/4 inch called for in the instructions because a bolt-head protrudes almost a quarter inch past the frame. Result: the frame missed the support on the top-left corner (luckily it didn't fall through the hole), resulting in about 1/8 inch twist since I didn't notice until I nailed everything to the ceiling joists.
I only had to cut about 2" off the bottom, and it touches down perfectly on the second step of the attic stairwell.
March 21, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Bill Solid product; operates smoothly. Like the insulated panel.
Product arrived promptly from Home Depot.com. Upon arrival, I observed a little bit of damage to the wood frame where the frame transitions from 3/4" thick to ~3/8" thick (i.e., where the door folds up inside the frame). I was able to easily repair the cracked portion of the 3/8" frame with some glue and clamps to the point where it was not noticeable in the final installation. I recommend printing out the installation directions from the Fakro website as the ones that come with the ladder are a bit cryptic. I had knob and tube wiring to reroute, a light fixture to move, joists to cut, and a large ceiling opening to cut through lath and plaster (used a rotozip and tile cutter bit - worked well) so it took me the better part of two days just to get the unit mounted. I still need to put on the trim which will require me to install some jamb extensions on the frame due to my uneven ceiling (102 year old house). The ladder opens and closes very smoothly. I especially like the locking mechnaism, the perimeter weather proofing, and insulation qualities of the door.
May 31, 2013