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Old 08-10-2013, 03:06 PM   #1
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ceiling opening for valves and junction boxes access

I have to have accessible ceiling openings for electric junction box and water valves on my basement bathroom ceiling and bar room ceiling. The ceiling will be drywall attach to the joist directly. I am looking for a good look, easy to open solution. Anybody has any suggestion/link/product? Something with a trim?


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Standard access doors made for this purpose. You really would end up with a bunch of these panels, if you have a lot of valves and junction boxes. Suggest that you pull continuous electric to eliminate the junction boxes, and relocate and eliminate as many valves as you can, so again you do not end up with a multitude of access openings.

Otherwise you may as well just put in a false ceiling, vs. drywall.


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Old 08-10-2013, 04:24 PM   #3
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These are the typical sort used:

And they're available in different sizes. I believe they're paintable as well. But if you're going to be going in there regularly you'd probably want to move up to something that's designed to be opened regularly. Something with a door on a hinge, not just the plastic clips that hold those Oatey panels in place.
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Old 08-10-2013, 06:10 PM   #4
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If you did not mind the trim showing, you could trim out an opening like for many attic access situations. Leave a lip of course. Drop a removable piece of drywall in side the frame.

The covers mentioned look a little nicer since they sit flush. How often do you really anticipate needing to get up there? If frequently and not a drop panel access than something more robust with a decent latch and hinges is great advice.
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