Step 5: Install spring drums

Install the spring drums for the pulley system that will allow staircase to slide down when attic door opens
Photo Karim Shamsi-Basha
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Next, screw the left-hand spring drums to the 1x8 frame directly above the door hinge and up against the header. Mount the right-hand spring drums on the opposite side of the frame. Attach the header-guide frame between the two sets of drums; it will be used later to hold the upper end of the staircase in position.
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    Tools List

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • drill
      Drill/driver
    • eye goggles
      Goggles
    • dust mask
      Dust mask

    Shopping List

    1. Sliding attic staircase

    2. Lumber to match existing ceiling joists
    used to reframe staircase opening

    3. 1x8s
    for building finished frame around staircase opening

    4. 1x3s
    used as temporary cleats for positioning the 1x8 frame

    5. 3 1/2-inch (16d) common nails

    6. 1 1/4-inch drywall screws or nails
    used to fasten drywall ceiling to framing

    7. Casing molding
    for trimming around staircase opening

    8. 1 1/2-inch finishing nails
    for attaching casing molding