The house I purchased has a nice sized deck in the backyard. It was built directly over the crawl space entry; therefore, a trap door was built into the deck. The problem for me is that the trap door (for lack of a better term) is way too heavy for me to lift up because I must get under the house to change out the furnace and air conditioning filter.

I plan to eventually redo the decking with Trex boards, but I need a plan to build in an access to the crawl space, but one that not difficult to open and close.

Does anyone have any ideas?