Abru complete loft access kit, wooden ladder folds onto hatch @ B&Q
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Abru complete loft access kit, wooden ladder folds onto hatch @ B&Q

£79.20B&Q Deals
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Found 20th Oct 2012
Been looking for one of these for a while, up to £147 a few weeks ago in B&Q. With 20% B&Q Club discount this weekend and the general reduction from £127 to £99 makes it the cheapest I could find.

Suits me as the low pitch of my roof makes it tricky to slide a traditional ladder up, folding onto the door also saves space in the loft. Little larger hatch than usual to enable this function but worth it for me.

" This kit from Abru’s Blue Seal range is the complete loft-access solution, with an FSC-certified timber loft ladder – measuring (H)111×(W)55cm – with spring-assisted stowage and wide, sturdy treads for comfortable climbing. The kit includes all the required fittings, and comprehensive instructions.

55 Comments

Looks like decent quality

I have this hatch, not bad at all. Paid similar for it a year ago, on a special offer.

Great price, Hot for me. If your in the market for a loft hatch I can recommend this one. Fitted last year and boarded loft out, now the misses can put all her excess clothes up there without my help.

mgregory0

Great price, Hot for me. If your in the market for a loft hatch I can … Great price, Hot for me. If your in the market for a loft hatch I can recommend this one. Fitted last year and boarded loft out, now the misses can put all her excess clothes up there without my help.



Women do not have excess clothes

Banned

I have this going down to my cellar - I like to keep my wives down there they love it!

Hot hatch!

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Mkkhan

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OP says "after discount club 20% this weekend"

I'll have a wander down to get one I think.

This appears to be the installation leaflet (based on 'brown' painted metalwork in B&Q pix):
http://www.abru.co.uk/pdfs/abru-timber-complete-loft-access-kit-brown-painted.pdf

Otherwise check Abru site at
http://www.abru.co.uk/ladders/literature.htm

MKD

Original Poster

Just join the B&Q club for the 20% off, costs nothing, woman behind the till said seem to run the 20% off every 6wks. People in front just said they would join and got discount! In-store only I think, had at least 3 @ North Shields.

Nice find considering for garage loft... but wasnt planning on doing it just yet... to buy or not to...

JJJZ

Nice find considering for garage loft... but wasnt planning on doing it … Nice find considering for garage loft... but wasnt planning on doing it just yet... to buy or not to...



Buy it now, never seen it below £100 before. Easy to fit, 1 man job.

Had seen this before and had planned on getting it (even at full price), with the discount it's even better value. Have placed a reserve and collect on it - thanks for the heads-up :-):)

JJJZ

Nice find considering for garage loft... but wasn't planning on doing it … Nice find considering for garage loft... but wasn't planning on doing it just yet... to buy or not to...

garage loft, never thought of that! Thanks ill get another tomorrow

mtc1

Buy it now, never seen it below £100 before. Easy to fit, 1 man job.



May be easy to fit, but be careful if new access makes the loft a store for everything. The floor joists up there, are really just to support the ceiling below and will not hold everything. Boarding the floor will help, but still don't try and treat the new place as a proper room.

join b&q club here: http://www.diy.com/diy/jsp/content/marketing/bandqclub/index.jsp?icamp=HP_Club
hope this helps x

I'm sure this has been around £50 from b&q before.

Had this installed for about 2 years now. Looks good installed and good quality. Think I paid around £100 so a good price.

Any idea how much would it cost to get this fitted? (in berkshire if it helps.)

Not really a 1 person job!

The stair (more a stair than a ladder) has to be closed when fixed in place obviously that means you can't really operate it as you'd need someone to pull it down -and even then the steps may need cutting (good thing this as it allows for all sorts of heights).

Great price this although most of the ones I've seen in B&Q don't have that safety handle which tends to be the 'deluxe' model.

Not a simple DIY job. Preparation is the key as usual.

Cheers OP

Just bought one for the bungalow....Wait oO

Bought in January for £99 first thing fitted after move to house in March ,identical to the ones I fitted a decade before in previous house,the price the same but not from B @ Q then.Have to be a fairly good diyer though what when fiddling round with joists,strengthening etc.

SHOWMAN36

I have this going down to my cellar - I like to keep my wives down there … I have this going down to my cellar - I like to keep my wives down there they love it!

i bet you call it your "whine cellar" X)

Banned

wbmkk

May be easy to fit, but be careful if new access makes the loft a store … May be easy to fit, but be careful if new access makes the loft a store for everything. The floor joists up there, are really just to support the ceiling below and will not hold everything. Boarding the floor will help, but still don't try and treat the new place as a proper room.



The floor joists in the loft are generally exactly the same as those on the floors below...

This loft hatch is not insulated and therefore not suitable for most domestic use. If you want a loft access kit for your house, you need a MidMade kit or similar: carlisleglass.co.uk/Tit…tml



Edited by: "richto" 20th Oct 2012

Interested @£80. Currently have no ceiling and joists - well warped and snapped timber may need replacing so I will purchase this and see if it will fit nicely. Ta.

NO they are not! especially not in old house which the majority of houses are!
Also it says in my catalogue that it includes 26mm insulated trap door.

richto

The floor joists in the loft are generally exactly the same as those on … The floor joists in the loft are generally exactly the same as those on the floors below...NO they are not! especially not in old house which the majority of houses are! This loft hatch is not insulated and therefore not suitable for most domestic use. If you want a loft access kit for your house, you need a MidMade kit or similar: http://www.carlisleglass.co.uk/Titan-TMM26-Midmade-Wooden-Loft-Ladder.html


Edited by: "bargainhunter666" 20th Oct 2012

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bargainhunter666

NO they are not! especially not in old house which the majority of houses … NO they are not! especially not in old house which the majority of houses are! Also it says in my catalogue that it includes 26mm insulated trap door.


It is especially true of older houses that the loft is often the same joists as the floors below, as the roofs were heavier. Anyway, you can compare your timber sizes and spacing here to see if you meet floor loading standards: http://www.haringey.gov.uk/note07_-_domestic_timber_floors.pdf

If it is insulated then its a good deal. It doesnt look like it from the picture or say it on the website though.
Edited by: "richto" 20th Oct 2012

The Therapist

Just bought one for the bungalow....Wait oO



Does it really need pointing out to you that bungalows usually have pitched roofs and therefore will have a loft (or at least roof space)?

Fujioka

Not really a 1 person job!The stair (more a stair than a ladder) has to … Not really a 1 person job!The stair (more a stair than a ladder) has to be closed when fixed in place obviously that means you can't really operate it as you'd need someone to pull it down -and even then the steps may need cutting (good thing this as it allows for all sorts of heights).Great price this although most of the ones I've seen in B&Q don't have that safety handle which tends to be the 'deluxe' model.Not a simple DIY job. Preparation is the key as usual.

Been there, done that, wont be doing it again without help. Good product tho

mtc1

Buy it now, never seen it below £100 before. Easy to fit, 1 man job.

Fujioka

Not really a 1 person job!The stair (more a stair than a ladder) has to … Not really a 1 person job!The stair (more a stair than a ladder) has to be closed when fixed in place obviously that means you can't really operate it as you'd need someone to pull it down -and even then the steps may need cutting (good thing this as it allows for all sorts of heights).Great price this although most of the ones I've seen in B&Q don't have that safety handle which tends to be the 'deluxe' model.Not a simple DIY job. Preparation is the key as usual.





The only thing you need help with is some one to unscrew the battens after you have fitted the hatch from within the loft, I have never fitted a loft hatch but found it simple. The hardest part was cutting the hole as I needed to move the access point, make sure you lay 2x3 across the ceiling joists before laying the boards to spread the load and like others have said don,t put too much weight on the floor.

SHOWMAN36

I have this going down to my cellar - I like to keep my wives down there … I have this going down to my cellar - I like to keep my wives down there they love it!



Evil dead springs to mind.

richto

The floor joists in the loft are generally exactly the same as those on … The floor joists in the loft are generally exactly the same as those on the floors below...This loft hatch is not insulated and therefore not suitable for most domestic use. If you want a loft access kit for your house, you need a MidMade kit or similar: http://www.carlisleglass.co.uk/Titan-TMM26-Midmade-Wooden-Loft-Ladder.html



Not true. Ceiling joists will be 600mm apart in most modern houses. Floor boards are whatever they felt like at the time (some are floors are even made from prefab concrete lintils). Also any chimp can insulate this with some polystyrene if you really have to have it (althought the description says its included in the first place.)

parpirate

Does it really need pointing out to you that bungalows usually have … Does it really need pointing out to you that bungalows usually have pitched roofs and therefore will have a loft (or at least roof space)?



You know your parents hate you when "loft" is the same as "upstairs".

May be easy to fit, but be careful if new access makes the loft a store for everything. The floor joists up there, are really just to support the ceiling below and will not hold everything. Boarding the floor will help, but still don't try and treat the new place as a proper room.

Agree if your spacings between trusses are 600 but if they are 400
You should be ok. Also plaster board is screwed these days in newer properties so less cracks

Voted hot , as I purchased this last July and it was actually £139 , so great price, and know somebody who needs one but couldnt afford one, so thats one christmas present solved, he be dead chuffed. Thanks for the post.

How does this pull down? Is there a string that is hanging down which can be pulled? Or would you need a step ladder to climb up and pull it open?

I like the look of this but don't fancy having to make the opening bigger. I wonder if they do one that would fit a normal smaller opening. It would be much easier to fit then.

Found a section of aluminium ladder ,fitted two u shaped brackets for the top rung to sit on.Job done. Cost nothing and unless there is a sudden reversal in gravity a good solution.

Does anyone know how big the hatch has to be to fit this? Thinking of upgrading from my old metal one.
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