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Abru 2 Section Loft Ladder £24.48 @ B&Q

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6y, 2m agoFound 6 years, 2 months ago
This B&Q price is good for this Abru ladder.
i.e. next best I can see is Screwfix price £38.82 and they are usually quite competitive.
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#1
I am picking one up today and will let you know what I think to quality, value etc.
#2
would be good to hear your comments as I need a loft ladder
#3
I too am looking for a loft ladder. I would like to know peoples thought' on this ladder.
Thing thats worries me is the fixings.
#4
Thanks, this is ideal, I think it should be slightly safer using this than climbing up from the ground!
#5
any one fitted a loft hatch for one of these, I'll rephrase that I have a loft hatch but for one of these ladders do you require a hatch the drops down ?
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richp
any one fitted a loft hatch for one of these, I'll rephrase that I have a loft hatch but for one of these ladders do you require a hatch the drops down ?

Yes it needs to hinge down otherwise the ladder is in the way if its one you push up and to the side.
#7
looks really cheap - possibly beyond me to install if different to current one
(attached to a plate on the floor inside the attic - dunno if this is standard)
sick of my ladder bending both to the side and slightly inwards as i climb.
mines rated 80kg or so so carrying stuff up is probably not the safest.
at 150kg this should be rocksolid?
#8
Excellent value considering the safe working weight
"Any Restrictions: Max safe working weight 150kg / 23.6st"

Looking at a lot of the lower priced ones when we wanted one the weight on such as this at £35 Wickes is only 100kg (about 15.5 stone) sadly didnt read that until after I had installed it, so no chance of refund. Although I havent killed it yet!
#9
richp
any one fitted a loft hatch for one of these, I'll rephrase that I have a loft hatch but for one of these ladders do you require a hatch the drops down ?

Yes it needs to hinge down otherwise the ladder is in the way if its one you push up and to the side.


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#10
richp
any one fitted a loft hatch for one of these, I'll rephrase that I have a loft hatch but for one of these ladders do you require a hatch the drops down ?

I'm in the same situation - new house has a standard hatch that opens upwards so I would need to change the hatch to one that opens downwards before I can sort a ladder. Because of this I was looking at the kits that some at one piece (hatch and ladder as one unit) that way not having to make sure the ladder is suitable for the hatch I go with. B&Q do them for £150 and Wickes £130 ish.

Trouble with them is the hatch opening needs to be enlarged quite a bit (from 2"x3"to 2"x3"9') so I'm not so sure I want to do this myself.

Anyone know what size hatch this ladder requires???
#11
I have a ladder similar to this which is used with a "push up and move to one side" loft hatch lid.
The slight disadvantage is that I need a small stepladder to stand on to do the pushing up etc.

My ladder came with hinges and a catch for the hatch lid which, having reduced the size of the lid slightly, allows the lid to open downwards. An "L" shaped handle (approx. 4' long) was supplied with the kit.wherewith to opn the catch and pull the ladder down etc. - I did not bother to fit this kit, but rather just fitted the ladder to the edge of the hatch surround.
#12
I use hard drive magnets to hold the hatch closed and a small hook I can reach to pull it down, the proper catches can be fiddly to get lined up and mine got naffed installing it (the metal sprung type). I can then easily swing the hatch closed without tools (ie supplied poles).

Work out what the heaviest thing you will take into the loft and add to the body weight of the heaviest person who will carry it

Sadly I didnt as on my own I am over the safe load for mine (which is the wickes one at just over 15.5 stone)
#13
I have fitted one of these and wished I had done so years earlier. The existing loft door which opened upwards was utilsed by cutting off material on two of its sides so it fitted flush in the opening. The hinges and the retaining catch were easy to fit following the extensive instructions. I find the aluminium pole used to lock and unlock the catch a doddle to use. Voted hot
#14
binned-it
richp
any one fitted a loft hatch for one of these, I'll rephrase that I have a loft hatch but for one of these ladders do you require a hatch the drops down ?
I'm in the same situation - new house has a standard hatch that opens upwards so I would need to change the hatch to one that opens downwards before I can sort a ladder. Because of this I was looking at the kits that some at one piece (hatch and ladder as one unit) that way not having to make sure the ladder is suitable for the hatch I go with. B&Q do them for £150 and Wickes £130 ish.Trouble with them is the hatch opening needs to be enlarged quite a bit (from 2"x3"to 2"x3"9') so I'm not so sure I want to do this myself.Anyone know what size hatch this ladder requires???
We put one in a few years ago and our loft hatch is the same size. The one we got attached inside the loft and came with a handle/hook type thingy that you use to pull the ladeer outof the leoft with. Works a treat!
#15
160cm?
my house its about 200cm from floor to trap door.
#16
wutang81
160cm?
my house its about 200cm from floor to trap door.


Small house!
#17
wutang81
160cm?my house its about 200cm from floor to trap door.
2 sections - this is more than enough for you if only 2m to trap door.
#18
As promised.
I have now picked one up, the instructions are clear and comprehensive and installing it should be easy enough for anyone competent in DIY
It looks sturdy enough for purpose and light enough to easily deploy.
My present loft hatch pushes up and slides to the side and I will not have to alter it but I will have to stand on a chair to do it. [If I should choose to convert the hatch to a hinge down one (kit is supplied) then the hatch can be lowered and ladder deployed by using the pole supplied without standing on a chair].
I hope this helps.
Oh and they gave me 10% off because I'm an old git! (Paid £22.03) 8)

Edited By: Thermal Rider on Sep 22, 2010 18:02: .
#19
good find. will check these out tomorrow.
#20
Max floor to loft floor height: 2.69m (8'10") Min floor to loft floor height: 2.13m (7')
from the description via the link.
#21
Great find. Reserved one for pick-up at my local store.

Thanks for sharing!
#22
Thanks OP
#23
I got one of these 4 years ago and still haven't installed it... oops!
#24
MissNix
I got one of these 4 years ago and still haven't installed it... oops!

Whats this? A female in a DIY related thread? Firstly DIY be mens work, Secondly the loft (like a garden shed) is the mans private domain.

Had to chuckle though, four years and still not fitted, never fear you will have the scores of desperate/creep/horny males PM'ing you offering their "services"
#25
*warning*

Make sure to buy the Abru Blue Seal variety which has catch/locks on both sides of the ladder. Apparently there have been a number of complaints where the ladder had come off the hinge/runner on one side due to ?faulty design. If in doubt talk to Abru and they will confirm the batch.
#26
Thermal Rider
As promised.
I have now picked one up, the instructions are clear and comprehensive and installing it should be easy enough for anyone competent in DIY
It looks sturdy enough for purpose and light enough to easily deploy.
My present loft hatch pushes up and slides to the side and I will not have to alter it but I will have to stand on a chair to do it. [If I should choose to convert the hatch to a hinge down one (kit is supplied) then the hatch can be lowered and ladder deployed by using the pole supplied without standing on a chair].


I hope this helps.
Oh and they gave me 10% off because I'm an old git! (Paid £22.03) 8)


Is a kit supplied with this loft ladder to convert your hatch to a hinge down one as you say in your post?

Edited By: 1616french on Sep 23, 2010 07:30: added info
#27
1616french
Thermal Rider
As promised.
I have now picked one up, the instructions are clear and comprehensive and installing it should be easy enough for anyone competent in DIY
It looks sturdy enough for purpose and light enough to easily deploy.
My present loft hatch pushes up and slides to the side and I will not have to alter it but I will have to stand on a chair to do it. [If I should choose to convert the hatch to a hinge down one (kit is supplied) then the hatch can be lowered and ladder deployed by using the pole supplied without standing on a chair].


I hope this helps.
Oh and they gave me 10% off because I'm an old git! (Paid £22.03) 8)


Is a kit supplied with this loft ladder to convert your hatch to a hinge down one as you say in your post?

Indeed it is.
#28
3.5% cashback via quidco for reserve and collect orders ! ;)
#29
This is a good price, but I ended up getting the 3 section Abru as it requires much less clearance in the loft space, which was essential for my installation due to low rafters.
#30
I installed mine this morning, it does the job ......I give it thumbs up especially for value.
#31
GizmoKing
*warning*

Make sure to buy the Abru Blue Seal variety which has catch/locks on both sides of the ladder. Apparently there have been a number of complaints where the ladder had come off the hinge/runner on one side due to ?faulty design. If in doubt talk to Abru and they will confirm the batch.


It does have catches on both sides and is safe.
#32
binned-it
richp
any one fitted a loft hatch for one of these, I'll rephrase that I have a loft hatch but for one of these ladders do you require a hatch the drops down ?


I'm in the same situation - new house has a standard hatch that opens upwards so I would need to change the hatch to one that opens downwards before I can sort a ladder. Because of this I was looking at the kits that some at one piece (hatch and ladder as one unit) that way not having to make sure the ladder is suitable for the hatch I go with. B&Q do them for £150 and Wickes £130 ish.

Trouble with them is the hatch opening needs to be enlarged quite a bit (from 2"x3"to 2"x3"9') so I'm not so sure I want to do this myself.

Anyone know what size hatch this ladder requires???

My hatch is 20" x 20" and it fits and works fine.
#33
Thermal Rider
My hatch is 20" x 20" and it fits and works fine.

Cheers I had a look in the big B&Q near me last night but non in, so I've now reserved one from the other smaller shop near me.

Just need to see about swapping the hatch now.
#34
Hope they still have these on payday.
#35
****!

I reserved for collection one of these on Friday, picked it up on Saturday and went to install it yesterday. Only then did I notice that the plastic was ripped between 2 of the runs of the ladder and found out why. None of the installation instructions or fittings were with it, some **** had taken them out but still left the item to be sold. So now I need to go back tonight to get all the bits, which nodoubt will be taken from another set so another poor sod will get a set with nothing to fit them with.

Make sure you check before leaving the store peeps.
#36
Maz floor to loft height is 269cm and ours is 260cm. Do you reckon I should look for something longer as this will be almost perfectly vertical (or whatever the term is)!
#37
Liddle ol' me
Maz floor to loft height is 269cm and ours is 260cm. Do you reckon I should look for something longer as this will be almost perfectly vertical (or whatever the term is)!

The max floor height includes having the ladder at the correct angle, (if the height is shorter it just means having more ladder extending into the loft).
#38
Any one had any mishaps with this ABRU loft ladder. I bought one 6th Jan this year and the very first time I used it to install it ( didn't get to the installing of it ) when I was half way up the whole ladder buckled and twisted. Has anyone else had any problems with it?

Cheers
#39
jon3
Any one had any mishaps with this ABRU loft ladder. I bought one 6th Jan this year and the very first time I used it to install it ( didn't get to the installing of it ) when I was half way up the whole ladder buckled and twisted. Has anyone else had any problems with it?

Cheers



I am guessing as you hadn't installed it that this was the problem, in proper use it is fixed in place which would probably have prevented this.

At what angle was the ladder used? as a norm on most ladders there is a label normally yellow with a single straight line on it in black, this line should be at a perfect right angle with the floor (pointing straight up) when used correctly.

Either that or you have eaten too many pies and went over the safe working load.

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