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To properly hang a folding attic stairway that is smaller than the available opening you’ll need to first measure the width of the opening and then subtract the outer dimensions of the door. By dividing that number in half you’ll get the thickness of spacer needed for each side side of the opening.

If possible, the hinge end of the attic door should be attached directly to the framing so the spacers can go on the opposite end. Adding a temporary cleat below the finished door location will help you support the door while you drive the screws to secure it in place.

Depending on the ceiling height, the ladder may need to be adjusted to rest at the proper angle. This aluminum ladder has adjustable feet so we simply cut off a few inches of the ladder and slide the feet up before securing them.

Rather than fill the voids around the door face we are adding a new skin to the door by gluing and tacking a larger piece of quarter inch plywood on top of the old door.

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Danny Lipford


Danny Lipford is a home improvement expert and television personality who started his remodeling business, Lipford Construction, at the age of 21 in Mobile, Alabama. He gained national recognition as the host of the nationally syndicated television show, Today's Homeowner with Danny Lipford, which started as a small cable show in Mobile. Danny's expertise in home improvement has also led him to be a contributor to popular magazines and websites and the go-to source for advice on everything related to the home. He has made over 200 national television appearances and served as the home improvement expert for CBS's The Early Show and The Weather Channel for over a decade. Danny is also the founder of 3 Echoes Content Studio,, and Checking In With Chelsea, a décor and lifestyle blog.

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