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Can I put an attic access hatch in closet?
Tuesday, December 28, 2021
The building code allows attic access from a closet ceiling as long as it meets the requirements of having a minimum 22” x 30” opening and at least 30” of headroom directly above the opening. But there are several good reasons not to put the attic access in a closet:
1) It is often necessary to remove a stack of stored items, and possibly some shelving, to get at the opening.
2) Positioning the legs of a ladder in a cramped closet can be difficult, especially if it is narrow or the ceiling is at 10 or 12 feet.
3) Large homes often have two attic access openings, one in the garage and the other at the opposite end of the house at the master bedroom walk-in closet. The master bedroom access is usually rarely used and may have insulation blown over the opening hatch. If a barrier was not installed in the attic around the hatch, opening it will create a huge mess below.
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