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Attic stair & pull-down or folding stairway construction, installation, inspection, hazards & repairs: this article explains how to inspect the condition and safety of attic stairs, folding or pull-down attic stairs and ladders, and attic stairway railings, landings, & treads, and related conditions for safety and proper construction. Weinclude references to key documents on building codes and stair and railing safety. Our page top photo shows a remarkable attic access method encountered by the author.
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We've had several reports of severe injury involving collapsing attic stairs, including involving home inspectors as well as occupants. Attic & Basement stair defects can be grouped by the stair type:
Conventional or home-made attic stairways - hazards and defects
Defective & Unsafe Attic Folding Stairs or Pull-Down Attic Stairs
Watch for these common folding attic stair or ladder defects:
Examples of Other Bad Attic Access Stairs & Railings
More eccenctric attic accesses: an attic pull down stair ladder that is too short (below left) and a near-vertical "stairs" with a turn, (below right).
Cluttered, steep attic stair is an access hazard and possibly a fire egress hazard.
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