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Topic # 87773 6-Aug-2011 16:58
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Got an insane quote of just over 2 grand to get some pull down attic stairs installed. Thats about 4x what I would have expected, and most of the cost was the retracting stairs vs labour.

Anyway, has anyone else seen any more reasonably priced options around?

Anyone made their own? Those folding ladders are not that expensice but they have all those locking clips etc in them which would make them a pain, but if those could be defeated and then attached to one of the roof trusses it might work.




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  Reply # 502790 6-Aug-2011 17:05
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My old man got his from Sellwood over the north shore (since I know you're in Auckland) for around $700 and installed the unit himself. Apparently Placemakers carry them now for around half that price.

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  Reply # 503405 8-Aug-2011 15:59
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i'm pretty sure mine is sellwood and cost about $1k all up, a few years ago.

If you can wait till the auckland home show - not that far away - you'll probably be able to buy something off them (or another provider) at a special show discount..... 




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  Reply # 503417 8-Aug-2011 16:19
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Attic Stairs in trademe and shop away.



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  Reply # 503420 8-Aug-2011 16:21
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Yeah, They might give a slightly lower price there, but I dont see 2 grand coming down much. It had to be a folding one because the hallway goes perpendicular to the trusses so there isnt a large gap between them, which pushed the price up.




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  Reply # 503615 8-Aug-2011 23:06
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none of these are close to 2 grand: http://www.atticstairs.co.nz/Purchase. what exactly is the 2 grand buying you?




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  Reply # 503629 9-Aug-2011 01:58
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One that would go between the trusses so it can go in the hallway. If I have to have it the other direction it would have to go in a bedroom, seriously limiting the layout options for that room in the future.




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  Reply # 505382 12-Aug-2011 10:52
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Does the 2 grand include reinforcing your ceiling to hold heavy stairs?

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  Reply # 505394 12-Aug-2011 11:13
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The LST50X80 on that site would fit between trusses.


Shouldn't be too hard to reinforce either, maybe a couple of 2x4 studs between the trusses

Unfortunately the design is a bit weird, but if it's in the roof, you won't see it much anyway




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  Reply # 505397 12-Aug-2011 11:17
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We got ours installed by Hometech Canterbury - pics here https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.407580828683.182929.730168683&type=1

I can't remember how much but had a feeling it's around 2k... great workmanship and very sturdy though.




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  Reply # 505446 12-Aug-2011 12:22
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I talked to my builder about them. He was going to have to move one of the load bearing bits of wood in the ceiling to do it, plus the stairs and labour are expensive. $2K is a little more than i'd expect, but $1K would be cheap and $1500 wouldn't be unreasonable. Hometech are who I looked at too.




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  Reply # 505450 12-Aug-2011 12:23
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I think ours is more around $1800 include all labour etc.. we think it's pretty good price and great workmanship.




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  Reply # 505470 12-Aug-2011 12:48
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timmmay: ...(edit)....He was going to have to move one of the load bearing bits of wood in the ceiling to do it,....(edit).....

Thats probably your added cost right there.  It's a structural thing.

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