We have an approximately 6x8" hole in the drywall that serves as a
crude access hole to the shower behind it. The previous owners had
just hung a large louvered vent (much bigger than the hole) to cover
it. The hole itself is framed internally on 1 side by a stud and the
other sides just have open plaster or plaster/lathe.
What is the best way to cover the hole while still preserving access
to the plumbing?
1. Building a wooden frame around it and cutting a plywood door which
is then painted. However, this takes a fair bit of work...
2. Buying a prefab panel? However, my local home stores only had one
version which was for a much larger size. Also, would I still need
to build a frame around it?
On 11/29/2004 9:37 PM US(ET), blueman took fingers to keys, and typed
Is this just to gain access to the shower pipes in the wall?
How often do you think you will have to access those pipes? Regularly,
occasionally, hardly ever, or maybe never again?
If one of the first two, hang a picture over it. If one of the second
two, seal it.
3. Cover it with drywall tape and sand and paint. Access to the back of
plumbing gives you no benifit as you service and replace parts from the
front IMHO. If you sometime way down the line have to replace the unit then
access from the back maybe a benefit but try to imagine working on plumbing
in a 6 x 8 inch hole..
Good luck, Rich
Go to the local hardware store or HD and buy a "plumbers access cover" (or
similar). They come in many sizes and do not need a frame. They are white
plastic and snap into almost any size hole in drywall. $ 5-10. You can
paint them or wallpaper them, if you must. Looks very neat and professional.
My suggestion is to enlarge the hole, at least to the next stud, and
probably in height too, so you will have useful access in the future.
Then frame it, tying in to the studs, and get a good piece of plywood
and build a hatch. When I did this, I stained and finished the frame
and hatch to match (pretty closely) the woodwork in the room.
Yes, it took time, but I think the results are worth it.
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I remodeling my bathroom and had the same issue. I was going to build
a frame with a piece of plywood, but since I was remodeling the
kitchen as well I found an extra cabinent door with the nice full
coverage recessed hinges. It looks much more attractive than a panel,
but of course you need to have a extra cabinent door handy, otherwise
the wood frame option would be the most economical.
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