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Fitting a New Loft Hatch into an attic space is easy and can be accomplished by any competent DIYer. Here are some easy steps to follow for cutting new joists or amending an existing loft hatch access.
Loft floor joists are generally spaced too closely to leave space for a practically sized loft hatch, so one joist is cut
away to give enough space for the loft hatch. First, you need to trim out the ceiling joists to create an opening.
You'll need some timber the same size as the joists for trimming.
After deciding on the best position for the loft hatch, mark out the ceiling joists. Use a framing square to
mark lines perfectly square on all three joists. If the loft hatch will be in a hallway/corridor try to centre it as
best as possible and avoid positioning it too close to the top of a staircase or landing. Don't forget to allow
for the thickness of the frame material when setting out.
Check there isn't a major load sitting on only the joist to be cut, or 2 joists, such as a water header tank.
This is also especially important if the ceiling is already fixed. Once marked out, fix some suitable scrap
timber across the joists with screws to hold the one that's going to be cut.
Use a framing square again check that your loft hatch mark lines are still perfectly square on all three joists.
Cut the joist out that is in the way using a handsaw or circular saw. This will now give you space in which your
loft hatch trimming frame and ultimately, your loft hatch, will be mounted into.
Now fix two pieces of timber across. Nail them to the outer joists and to the trimmed joist to stop it dropping
down now the middle section is cut out. If necessary, a trimmer in the opposite directions can be used to make
the opening the desired size or in the right position.
Depending on the location for your loft hatch and once the support timber has been removed, the layout of your joists and trimmings will look like either of the following images