How do I open this hatch?
April 20, 2014 12:16 PM Subscribe
My townhouse has an attic that is theoretically accessible through a hatch in the ceiling. I have permission to access said hatch for various electrical-related reasons. The thing is, I can't figure out how to open it. Pictures here
posted by brainmouse to Home & Garden (9 answers total)
The hatch opens via a hinge along one side. The other side has two little recesses, and in those recesses are two holes. The door is latched shut at these two places (we can see bolts or something going through in the little around the edge of the hatch).
The two holes are small and shaped kind of like the London Underground logo
. In the hole there is a small gap, then a slot that spans basically all the way across the rectangle part that looks like it would fit a flat-head screwdriver (though then it wouldn't be able to turn), then there is a part that is threaded like it would take a screw.
It doesn't look like there is anywhere for any sort of conventional key to go, but maybe there is a funky attic key that I need to get from the HOA management company that goes in the gap before the screwdriver-shaped slot (I have a call into them but they are mildly incompetent, and if they know about any key they'd likely have told me when I spoke to them recently to get permission to access it)? Maybe I just need to stick the right kind of screw up there and turn?
Has anyone seen an access panel that looks like this before and have any guesses on how to get in? Again, here
are few pictures.