So you have gone out and bought the loft ladder you need, or you have more likely bought it on the internet and had it delivered to your home to make things easier. The next step is to actually install it – and this is where the fun can start!
Unfortunately some people don’t give this installation process enough respect. They grab some random tools, give the instructions a brief glance and then start installing it in the hope that they get everything right.
And needless to say this is not the best way to do things.
The first thing you should do is to see whether you can do it yourself or not. You need to be honest with yourself here because you might find you get problems if you aren’t good at DIY and you cannot install it properly. Needless to say there are safety concerns to think about as well.
For example, let’s say you decided to install the loft ladder yourself because you wanted it done more quickly than an expert could do it for you. That is all very well, but if you don’t do it properly you will end up with a ladder that could be very dangerous to climb. It must be installed so it doesn’t wobble or become unstable to use. The last thing you want is to be halfway up the ladder and have it give way.
There have been numerous accidents where people have tried to climb a poorly installed loft ladder and ended up hurting themselves as a result. If you were to fall from the top of the ladder, that is a fall of several feet, so you would certainly do some damage in the process. And if you break a bone or worse, you won’t be in a fit state to use your loft ladder for some time to come!
The best thing to do is to read through the instruction leaflet thoroughly for starters. You should be able to see from this whether you think you could install the ladder without any problems. The leaflet or booklet should tell you what tools you will need to do it properly. Make sure you have all of them and don’t make do with something that isn’t really suitable. You will need the proper tools to make sure that the ladder is suitably installed.
If you don’t have them you could borrow them from someone else, but if you don’t feel confident about doing this yourself then it will pay you to enlist the help of someone else. This is the kind of household DIY job that should not get done in a half hearted way. It should be done properly and with the right skills, to ensure that the loft ladder is able to give you the best service for years to come.
So if you aren’t skilled enough to do it yourself, be honest and pay the money to get an expert to do it for you.