Mount cable holders to enable pulley system on slide down attic stairs
Photo Karim Shamsi-Basha

Step 9: Mount cable holders

Using the pilot holes located near the fourth tread, mount cable holders to the side of each stringer. Reach up to one of the spring drums, grab the cable closest to the header and carefully pull it out. Pull the cable across the small pulley and down to the cable holder mounted to the door. Hook the cable end onto the holder. Use the same procedure to connect the cable from the drum on the other side of the stair.
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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