Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 66
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by SweetPeaMercee Lovein' Ladder
I always wanted a ladder to attic! Unfortunately, I didn't check to see how much space I had up there before I installed. The ladder is great and I managed to get enough boxes up there that it made it totally worth it!
July 15, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Houston Prepare to Repair
Flimsy. Contractor installed; hinges broke first time it was used Due to undersized base material. Taken apart and rebuilt, it now works well.
1 star if one plans to actually use the unit, 5 stars if just for decoration.
April 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Chawrule Attic Ladder
For the money, this ladder was a great buy. It has proven to be dependable and sturdy. The instructions were difficult to understand, but perhaps they might be easier for someone else.
April 7, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by landshark works great
functions easily, it does require two people for installation
February 17, 2016
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by KnowHowToFixit Good ladder, easy to install, needs a eyeloop/pull stick option
Shipping and delivery were extremely quick. Although the box was damaged on arrival, nothing appeared to be damaged or missing. The ladder itself is made very well. I ordered the 22.5" ladder since I had measured the original rough opening at 24". However, I failed to pull back enough insulation to notice that the joists had already been cut, and I could have done the 25". Double check your width before ordering. The ladder states a rough opening of 22.5"w x 54"d, but if you're re-framing the opening, measure your unit and adjust, it'll save you some shimming later, as you'll have upwards of 3/4" of play in the opening at those dimensions. Have 16g nails on hand, as you'll need 14 in total (minimum) and they only provide 8. Their instructions for temporary suspension are to use hanger tape and nails - however, there are a few problems with this approach: They fold the hanger tape, so it has a seam that cannot be flattened out, the roofing nails provided for tacking the strips onto the ladder are longer than the frame is deep creating many a snag / puncture points. And the directions assume you have yet to lay attic flooring (if doing so) - which you would certainly do prior to installing the steps into the opening. They want you to nail the hanger tape into the top of the joist with a 16g nail and leave it, even though they say it's temporary (no instructions to remove).
What I did was cut down a 2x4 into two 3ft sections, and screw it in to my framing box flush with the ceiling on the opening (non hinge) end, so that it was inside the stair space by a the full 2x4 (1" between the edge of the board and the end of the cavity). With a friend we took 2 scrap blocks of wood and propped the hinge door open (it's a strong one!). Then with one of us above and one below, we lowered the ladder into the cavity and slid it on the board. The board held that side of the ladder frame level with the ceiling surface (so that the ladder frame was flush with ceiling for trim installation later). Once there, the person below moved the ladder to the hinge side and held the frame on that edge flush with the ceiling using the other 2x4 strip (this side only has 1/2" or so of material to catch). While that was held the person above drove the first nail center hinge side. The ladder was now pinned between the one nail and the board on the opening side, and we could open the ladder downward and proceed with the remainder of the installation as specified.
My one wish had been that Louisville would offer the wooden ladders with the hook & pull stick option - as those of us installing this within a hallway of a home may not want a string and plastic handle always dangling. As for us, we ordered a "replacement" stick from Louisville directly ($15 + $14 shipping/tax), and will go buy the nut/pan washer/eye bolt to match once it arrives to convert it over.
Cutting down the ladder feet was the most nerve racking part, as they tell you to measure and provide good information for doing so, but it's not easy to make sure you are at the same point on the rear side of each leg (inside the hinge). Just a recommendation, your left/right lengths may vary depending on your floor, but the delta between the front and back measurement should be the same (within 1/32") for each foot. In my case it was 1 1/8" difference between the front of the foot and the back of the foot, with a 1/8" difference in overall leg length left-right.
January 3, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by jwalker Affordable, easy to install, good directions
This wood ladder is affordable, easy to install, and comes with good directions.
January 5, 2016
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by hikingfool Quick delivery, nice product.
The ladder was easy to install and works perfectly. The ladder portion (steps, rails) are made of a very hard wood which gives confidence.
October 9, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Rappndeb2015 great product
I would recommend only if you change the corner brackets, they are way too flimsy, so we installed much stronger ones. We also did not get directions in the box, the box only had every other language but English!! I am thankful I hired a contractor to do the work.
December 8, 2015