ClarkeThrasher

Suggestions on how to make a plumbing access panel?

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This would be like a narrow, short cased doorway with an unhinged slab door on the access side and nothing but plaster, tile, or bathtub on the bath side.

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Small thin door without hardware or hinges, material same as surrounding wall

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Use doorway tool, adjust it, poly slab for door. You would not see drywall or plaster when looking into access panel.

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The downside to this method is it will cut through the entire wall, not good if there is a room on the other side. On the good side it will show up in the door schedule if you want it to be included.

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I think I would probably use a couple wall material regions. Some variation of this (maybe using a moulding polyline or a 3rd material region for the frame or casing if you want it)...

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Those are usually just a painted metal panel, no swing, no thickness, no hinges, I just use a wall material region, noted using a label. I would not want it in any schedule

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Those are usually just a painted metal panel, no swing, no thickness, no hinges, I just use a wall material region, noted using a label. I would not want it in any schedule

Agreed. Pretty much exactly what I was getting at.

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The Door/Cabinet method can also be used for wall access to crawl space or child's secret room.

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I use a cabinet. I modify the depth and just use the cabinet door, changed to whatever I want. That's the way we build them - just a cabinet face frame with a door attached; and it matches the cabinets in the house if desired. I put these on many plans, especially for an access to the back of the plumbing for a shower. I have personally had to tear out tile, backerboard, etc. just to repair a leaking shower connection. I wished then there had been an access panel on the back side of the wall.

 

Mike

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