Step 8: Attach staircase to door panel

Attach stairs to door panel before enabling pulley system on attic stairs
Photo Karim Shamsi-Basha
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Stand the assembled staircase in the opening and have someone support the base as you climb up part way. Grab the top of the stringers and squeeze them in until the slide bars on the header-guide frame slip into the channel grooves on the outside of the stringers. Now install the top three stair treads. Slide the steel door-guide frame onto the staircase, then attach it to the door panel with six 1-inch-long screws.
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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