How to Install Loft Hatch?
When it comes to planing on how to install Loft Hatch, the process is quite simple, especially if you possess basic skills in carpentry. While there are a couple of safety measures that you need to follow, the good part about such installations is that you will not require any expensive or complicated tools to complete your project.
How to Install Loft Hatch - Step By Step
1. Look for the Right Size
The first step to installing a Loft Hatch is to measure the size that you would need so that it can be manufactured as per your requirements. Typically, one must know the size of the structural opening (i.e. hole within the ceiling) with existing hatch (if there is any) removed. It is also a good idea to install a large sized Loft Hatch wherever possible to make it convenient for you to store the belongings.
Make sure that your structural opening is a minimum of 7mm larger when compared to the size of the panel and the back of your frame size. For instance, a 600x600mm size of panel will need a hole size of 607x607mm.
2. Preparing The Hatch
Next, remove your door. You can do this by opening the door and removing the washers and nuts from the hinge system. Next, you need to lift your door out.
Now you need to apply fire mastic towards the picture frame's rear and then fit the frame within the aperture. (Note: This is applicable only if the frame is fire rated).
3. Fitting The Frame
Next, fix the frame utilizing appropriate fixings and fixing holes as well as drilling out the locking slots of the 3-way lock shoot bolt, frame if applicable. Ensure that the frame is cut out in square shape across its diagonals. In case it is fire rated then the fire mastic must be applied across the frame's rear faces. Remember the sealing should be at least 5mm wide when compared to supporting construction.
4. Fitting The Door
Next, refit your door while ensuring that there is at least a gap of 2mm between the frame and the door before bolting the hinge back into the place.
Finally, close the door's leaf as well as lock it in place. In case you are using a panel that comes with a beaded frame, then apply a scrim tape before plastering. However, if you have chosen the option of picture frame then you won't require any plastering work.
Remember, it takes around 30-60 minutes to install the Loft Hatch and it essentially depends on your experience and capabilities. Also, the Loft Hatch's weight would depend on its size. Usually, the larger its size, the heavier it is. Please note that if the Loft Hatch is fire rated then the door's insulation will be covered using metal backing which will again add to the Loft Hatch's weight, which should typically be in the range of 13-18 kg.