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Ask This Old Home general contractor Tom Silva helps a homeowner set up an emergency escape ladder. (See below for a shopping list, tools, and actions.).
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Wish list for The best ways to Install a Fire Escape Ladder:.
– Fire escape ladder.
– 2x4s,"] for obstructing within wall.
– 3-inch screws, for screwing together the 2×4 blocking.
– 1/4-inch-diameter x 2 1/2- inch-long lag screws, to protect escape-ladder box.
– Foil-faced insulation, to insulate location around escape-ladder box.
– Spackling substance, to spot wall.
– Guide and paint.
Tools List for Installing a Fire Escape Ladder:.
– Level, to align design template.
– Energy knife, for cutting through drywall.
– Reciprocating saw, to cut out wall stud.
– Hammer and chisel, for slicing out rough sill.
– Cordless impact driver, to drive screws.
– Cordless drill and 1/8-inch-diameter drill bit, for dull pilot holes.
– Ratcheting socket wrench, to tighten up lag screws.
– Putty knife, for applying spackling substance.
Steps for Ways to Install a Fire Escape Ladder:.
1. Take the template that comes with the fire escape ladder and tape it to the wall focused below the window and 6 inches listed below the window stool.
2. Utilize a level to ensure the top of the template is perfectly level.
3. Cut along the dotted lines on the design template with an utility knife.
4. Remove the template and finish cutting through the drywall along the scored lines.
5. Pull out the severed piece of drywall and remove any insulation from the rectangle-shaped hole.
6. If there's a stud in the opening, cut it out with a reciprocating saw.
7. Make the first cut through the stud 3 inches listed below the bottom of the opening.
8. Cut the top of the stud flush with the top of the opening.
9. If the rough sill protrudes into the opening, make a series of carefully spaced cuts into the underside of the sill, then chop out the waste with a hammer and sculpt.
10. Cut short pieces of 2×4 to fit inside the wall to supply solid nailing for the emergency exit ladder. Protect the pieces with 3-inch screws.
11. Press a slice of foil-faced insulation into the opening to act as an insulating thermal break.
12. Eliminate the fire escape ladder from its metal box, then set the box into the opening.
13. Bore a 1/8-inch-diameter pilot hole through each of the four installing holes.
14. Connect package to the opening with 4 1/4-inch x 2 1/2- inch lag screws. Protect the emergency exit ladder with the 2 leading screws.
15. Drop the ladder out the window, then have somebody outside climb up two or 3 rungs of the ladder.
16. While the person remains standing on the ladder, examine the lag screws inside the metal box to guarantee the ladder is being held securely in place.
17. Retrieve the ladder, fold it up, and tuck it inside the box.
18. Snap the protective cover onto package to conceal the ladder.
19. Patch the wall with spackling substance, then prime and paint.
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