Rated 4.6 out of 5Â by 73
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by David Better than expected
I was in a position where I needed to have an attic access put in a house I purchased that was built in the 50s, with only a tiny access hatch in the upstairs closet. After doing some searching online, I found this ladder and knew it was the one to get. Very sturdy 375 lb. capacity was a very important point for me, as this was being put in to allow workers to install a new heat pump unit in the attic. The large opening size and lack of large springs also played into my decision. I was concerned at first because the description states the rungs are only 2" deep, but once i got it, I measured and the rungs were actually 3". It is lightweight and easy to maneuver when installing, and if it hadn't been for a ton of prep work just to get the hole ready for the ladder, I'm sure we could have put the ladder in place in just a matter of an hour or so, including cutting the legs to length and installing the feet. Overall, a super ladder for a great price, and I'd buy another in a heartbeat.
February 4, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0Â by franklinlizard Nice ladder - has major design flaw so gets low rating
Install went well, straight forward. I was replacing an older wooden ladder - so much of the work was already done..from when I installed original 15 years ago. So - this ladder is light - very smooth - far better than the old spring designs. Opens and closes effortlessly. Nice. The problem is: the part of the ladder attached to the ceiling panel is much too close to the ladder - you have less than an inch between the rung and wooden panel - so only the first 2 inches or so of your foot will fit on the ladder - unless you turn your feet sideways. Ugh. I got the heavy duty ladder so I could store heavy stuff in the attic - but I really struggle to walk up and down the ladder. Too bad.
June 3, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by unhappy Excellent Quality better than expected!!
I purchased this ladder due to low cost and weight capacity Iâm a big guy at 6â1â 300lbs so I needed a heavy duty ladder. Installation was pretty easy and Werner has an install video that shows the whole process. Only requiring basic tools most do-it-yourselfers would have, but you will need a helper (no way around it) to get the door dropped in place and to move your ladder around for you while your securing the frame to the studs. Make sure you take your time installing the feet on the ladder after cutting to length and make sure all the hinges on the ladder are tightly closed, doing this will insure that your ladder will be solid as a rock, I had to adjust the height on one of the feet as I discovered our stained concrete floors are not perfectly level. I have to say Iâm extremely pleased with the ladder itâs a lot sturdier than the wooden one I replaced and I feel safer using it.
May 14, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by GregS51 Solid Ladder, Easy to Install
Working alone, it took me about 1.5 hours to remove the old rickety wooden attic ladder from the 9.5-foot ceiling of my garage and to install the new aluminum ladder. Add another half hour to remove the trim at the beginning of the job and to install new trim at the end, and the project took a total of two hours. I placed the new ladder in the attic and installed the suggested 1x4 supports before entering the attic to perform the remainder of the job. After removing the screws that held the old ladder, I lifted one end of it clear of the joists and rolled a 1" dowel under the raised end. Then I lifted the other end clear of the joists and rolled the unit clear of the opening. I reversed the process with the new ladder to place it in the opening and atop the 1x4 supports. From there it was just a matter of squaring, shimming, and screwing the unit in place. Definitely use the provided lag screws. Some installers take a shortcut and use only deck screws, which are not adequate for long-term use.
The ladder itself is very stiff and solid, a huge improvement over the decrepit wooden ladder that it replaced. Having completed the project just in time to take the Christmas decorations down from the attic, I have enjoyed the added safety and stability that the new ladder provides.
BTW, I am a 63-year-old retired nuclear physicist and found the installation to be straightforward and, with some forethought, quite doable working solo.
December 17, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0Â by punthouse Good quality
A sturdy ladder that is hard to find in an attic type ladder.
November 20, 2013