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Attic access

Bennett G. | Posted in General Questions on

I’m considering using a hinged gable vent to provide attic access. The building code references I’ve come across seem to specify the size, headroom and “readily accessible”.

I haven’t found any “allowed” or “prohibited” references.

What is everyone’s experience with inspectors when installing a gable access?

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    Malcolm Taylor | | #1

    I almost always situate the access on a gable. I've never had an inspector even comment on it.

    Beyond the code mandated dimensions ( which are different for walls than ceilings), the only other practical consideration would be adequate sizing for any mechanical equipment located in the attic.

  2. Sam S | | #2

    Like Malcolm, I've also done it and it's never been an issue.

  3. Bennett G. | | #3

    Thanks! That gives me confidence to push for this approach. It seems so simple and avoids the complexity of sealing and insulating an attic hatch in the ceiling.

    1. Expert Member
      Malcolm Taylor | | #4


      It also avoids the mess any work in the attic brings into the house, and allows you to move long lengths of pipe or lumber into the attic.

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