We have a slight problem, in a shower room we have a shower cubicle with
partition walling on three sides and a door on the other on one side the
partition is only bout 1/2 a foot wide and is where the pipes and things
are, we have a problem in that the room below occasionally gets a leak from
the shower above, we have managed to pin point the leak to the shower outlet
but we are unable to gain access to it because the clever builders tiled
from floor to ceiling and didn't leave a inspection panel.
Anybody know where I can get an inspection panel that can be tiled and
removed if we need to ever remove the panel again.
Cheers for any help
its not coming from the drain pipe, but the shower is a mains fed system
with just a dial half way up the wall and and shower pipe outlet lower down
it is the lower pipe that is leaking if its turned round slightly
In defence of the "clever builders" I'm afraid it's the price you pay for
concealed pipework and fittings. Most built in shower installs don't give
you access in the event of a problem. Most of the time, there are no
problems. When there are, as BW says, that's the time to bite the bullet and
do some destruction and repair to sort the problem. It's aesthetics vs
practicality I guess.
Pipework buried in walls, flush mounted fittings, shower trays fitted at
floor level with no trap access, all look superb. They don't look that
superb when the problems develop later. You pays your money, you takes you
Whoever designed my downstairs bathroom had much forethought: The
separate shower room has the plumbing on a wall which backs onto our
cloakroom, with a (hopefully waterproof) partition wall in between.
So, worst case scenario, I have to buy some plasterboard some time in
the future. A good excuse to get rid of the hideous tiles :-)
well im wanting to get to it from the other side of the 1/2 foot wall, but
what i wanted to know is wher edo i get the inspection panels to fit in
after i have hacked away at the tiles, cos no doubt after i have fixed it
and tiled it it will leak down the line so thought I could fit an inspection
panel now but not sure where i can get them from, im after the metal frame
kinda like a man hole cover but which i can tile and fix it in the gap with
screws dont think ive explained myself very well
On Sat, 10 Jan 2004 17:53:05 -0000, "The Question Asker"
You might have one already. Get a Fein Multimaster and the carbide
sawblade. You can saw a hole clean through the tile joint line and the
backing board, and lift out aneat panel. Then it goes back onto a
newly constructed support batten with some low-strength mastic and you
can grout it back invisibly.
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