Yesterday’s inspection included a home with an open carport. The home’s attic access was located inside the carport in the plywood ceiling. Normally, you’d find a string hanging from the cover of the stairway. For outside locations that might present a bit of a security issue. A quick pad lock will help secure the hatch, unless there was NO string to pull!
Here’s a clever way to help prevent someone from easily opening the attic hatch door without padlocking the door. (I’m not suggesting that you replace your padlocked stairway door, but this certainly is a clever way to prevent quick access.)
The homeowner has installed a small eye-bolt on the face of the door conveniently using the hole left by removing the string. A small hook is screwed into the end of a wood dowel. Simply store the handle in a secure place.
This also works great to help prevent the unsightly string from dangling in your hallway, should you be unfortunate enough to have a folding stairway inside your home. Learn why I feel that a folding stairway should NOT be installed in your home without taking special precautions in this article: ATTIC STAIRS – You Could Have a Mind-Blowing Hole in Your Building Envelope