Insulation Ramp in Attic
Recycled planks make an elevated ramp for insulating and future inspections inside the attic.
With over 2 ft. of loose-fill fiberglass insulation to be blown in the attic, we need a high-set ramp. The ramp will give the installers access down the middle of the attic to even up the insulation as they back out towards the access scuttle. It can also be used in the future for roof inspections.
Bruce and I cycle 2×10 rough-cut spruce lumber through a series of uses over several years. The boards start as scaffold planks, concrete form boards, and workstation planks. As some split and warp we cut them into shorter and shorter pieces, using them as temporary stair treads or short scaffold planks.
Eventually they aren’t useful for daily service either because they are too short or too split to safely span 8 ft. or more. Rather than cut them up for firewood, sometimes we can find a final use — in this case, as the attic ramp.
I cut short pieces of planks and some LVL fall offs into 18-in. uprights that I nailed onto the top of the 9-1/2-in. ceiling joists. Spacing the uprights 2 ft. to 4 ft. apart provides plenty of support for 8-ft.- and 10-ft.-planks. Once nailed together, the ramp is rock-solid and provides an elevated route from one end of the attic to the other, with one branch into the cross-gable attic area.