Rated 4.3 out of 5 by 12
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by C5rocket Excellent attic ladder
As mentioned by a couple of other reviewers, the packing is suspect. The ladder frame was damaged in shipment, but I was able to repair the frame. This ladder replaced an old wood ladder that was very flimsy. This is an extremely stable heavy duty ladder. The springs are attached to the door that allows for a wider opening. Springs that are attached to the actual ladder protrude into the opening. I highly recommend this ladder. However, the packing for shipment needs to be addressed by Home Depot. Hopefully someone at Home Depot will read this and address this deficiency.
March 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Mike Very nice item.
Ladder was easy to install. Was a little hesitant after reading other reviews on the clarity of the instructions, however a little simple math and I was in business... Would buy another one should the need ever arise...
January 6, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Fencerider Can Spend More but No Need
Rock Solid Steel Steps. Hinges out of way make wider access thru ceiling easy. Steps allow carrying heavy items without movement. Positive Snap Close Fit. Great Investment
May 21, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Dmiserp Not bad but beware
Unit installs like other attic stairs though instructions are not as good as some I have used. The plastic feet broke off the first time I opened the stair when they hit the floor a little too hard (rubber feett would be better). The ladder portion is strong and steady but beware it is also much heavier than wood or aluminum. I like the latch system but since the door does not close completely you have to push it closed manually. My ceiling is 10' so the wood stick provided to open the door does not work well to close it.
January 25, 2010
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JRWilli And Two Thumbs Up
This is an outstanding attic ladder, light years better than the ones we grew up with. The steel ladder is solid and sturdy, no more wobbly knees. The spring mechanism is placed on the door so it is out of the way, no chance for snagging your clothes. It does require you to push the door closed to latch it, but is not difficult to do.
My ladder was shipped and delivered very quickly with no damage. It did NOT come with installation hardware, but only needs two lag screws, about ten large screws, and a couple packs of shims. The instructions are clear and easy to understand, they still primarily use pictures though. I installed the unit myself, which means planning on a way to get back down. I did remove the ladder before lifting it into position to reduce the weight, it’s just four bolts. I also placed boards across the bottom of the ceiling opening to hold the unit up instead of their method of strings and wedges from the top.
Cutting the ladder to length was a little challenging as my ceiling height placed the first step in conflict. My garage floor slopes for drainage and the legs are a little over 1/4" different from each other. The ladder is adjustable for the step conflict, but I did not have confidence it would be right. I removed the first step and then cut the legs to fit. Using a fresh hacksaw blade makes it easier although it still took me several minutes to cut through all that heavy steel!! I did not have trouble with the feet like the other reviewers did.
I am surprised this ladder doesn’t have any 5-star reviews. This is by far the best ladder I’ve ever climbed up and down, and the best purchase I’ve made in several years. I am very pleased with this ladder, so pleased that I am planning on buying their insulated version for inside the house.
January 27, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Jason2112 Good quality ladder for the price
I bought this ladder to provide easy access to the attic over our garage. Build quality is really good for the price; in particular, the metal ladder itself is very heavy-duty and sturdy. The only thing I found lacking was the set of instructions, which are just pictures showing what to do and what not to do. Kinda hard to decipher, but common sense should dictate how to install this if you're familiar with simple carpentry (make sure to keep it square and level, and use shims to prevent bowing out the frame). If your ceiling is less than ten feet, as ours was, you'll have to cut the ladder to meet the floor, and I highly recommend using a Dremel or similar tool with a cut-off wheel, as it's much faster and easier than a hacksaw.
Although the instructions don't mention it, I also found it easier to install with the ladder separated from the frame. There are only four bolts to remove in order to accomplish this, which attach the ladder to the mounting brackets. The ladder is then easily reattached once the frame is securely fastened to the ceiling joists using nails or, preferably, lag screws. All in all, I'm very pleased with this purchase.
June 1, 2011
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by dvhart Excellent Ladder, Springs and Latch Lacking
I purchased this ladder to replace a wodden version from another manufacturer who's spring mechanism bent and finally came apart. The metal ladder is excellent and was surprisingly easy to cut to length with a sharp hacksaw. The install process was easy - although rather than hanging it from cords I had a helper screw cleats across the opening and just let it sit flush on those while I screwed it in place. When mine arrived the latch had been ripped out of the particle board bottom panel. I repaired the damage with some 5 minute epoxy and reinstalled the latch. The ladder will hang down a foot or so if the latch isn't engaged. My previous ladders have been able to hold themselves shut without a latch which was nice, but they also came apart, so perhaps this concession allows for a more robust mechanism. Lastly, the plastic feet are complete garbage. They broke before the install was complete. Instead, I suggest cutting the legs off at an angle to match the floor and throwing the plastic feet away.
March 20, 2010
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Claude Good Ladder for the Price
I purchased this ladder as a replacement for my old wooden attic ladder. A co-worker of mine helped with the install. As such, it was a fairly easy install. The frame is a bit flimsy, as is the hatch release mechanism, but the ladder itself is good quality. We had to cut off the legs to make it fit, but it was easy enough with a dremel, fitted with a cutting wheel, and a hack saw. Leveling the ladder was easy as it is adjustable. Over all, a very good ladder for the money.
May 21, 2012