Install cable pulleys to enable pulley system to slide stairs down when attic door is opened
Photo Karim Shamsi-Basha

Step 6: Install pulley system

Screw a small cable pulley to each side of the finished 1x8 frame; position each pulley 20 inches from the header that's opposite the door-panel hinge. Attach each small pulley with three 1-inch-long screws. Bore pilot holes first to avoid splitting the 1x8 frame.
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    Tools List

    • drywall saw
      Drywall saw
    • drill
    • eye 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