I finished dry walling my basement and need some suggestions for a
access cover for a water shut off valve. Right now I just have a piece
of painted dry wall in a frame made from casing. Im looking for other
Heres a pic of what it look like:
Big box stores sell plastic access panels in various sizes for exactly
this purpose. They consist of a frame with removable panel. Ask in
the plumbing department. You can paint them to match, and they blend
in a little better because they are nearly flush with surface.
On larger Openings, I've covered the drywall edges with drywall
J-channel, and used a piece of plywood as the panel, using the same
J-channel on the plywood panel. If you do a neat job cutting and
painting, it blends in pretty good. Of course you need a little
framing exposed to fasten the panel to.
Opinions will vary, but for my part, I think that what you have is
good. When you try to blend something in, yet keep it accessible, I
think it tends to look worse than just acknowledging that it is
there. Once you have accessed the shutoff a few times, the tight fit
of whatever other solution may not be as tight. On the other hand, it
may be, so if someone has a truly invisible option, I'd like to see
I have a couple suggestions. One is to put a picture inside the
"frame" you built. That may or may not work, depending on the
location of the shutoff. Maybe a few other pictures in the area to
Another thought is to put cabinets in the area, withn the cutout in
the back of one of them. Depending on the framing, a recessed cabinet
between studs would be an option. Of course, all of this depends upon
cabinets or pictures looking reasonable in the area.
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