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Old 08-18-2011, 01:52 PM   #1
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Access to wetwall behind kitchen cabinets

Hey guys,

So I'm in the middle of a complete kitchen teardown and remodel. My house has a wetwall that contains pretty much all the plumbing for the house, the kitchen sink base will be installed against this wall.

In the picture I tried to roughly show where the sink base will go. It is a 9ft long wall, it will have a 36" sink base with 2 36" lazy-susan corner cabinets on either side.

There's all kinds of plumbing on that wall that I'd rather not lose access to. I was thinking of leaving off the back panel of those 3 base cabients and possibly leaving the drywall open behind them.

Do you think it would be too much of an eyesore when you open those cabinets to see bare studs/plumbing? Also any fire code/other issues with leaving the drywall open (since the wetwall is open to 2nd floor)?

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Old 08-18-2011, 03:22 PM   #2
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you cant leave the walls open..

do whatever fireblocking is needed.

i like false backs on the cabinets just screwed in to whatever 1/4 plywood or whatever they used for the backs (after cutting a big hole out of course., leave like 2 inches all around inside the cabinet to screw into)

and screw drywall/paneling into the wall, and just caulk the seams rather than finish....

everything stays nice and sealed from critters, looks nice when you open cabinet, and can still get access.

make sense?

the other school of thought is that if any of that ever leaks, the drywall and at least some cabinet wood is going to need to be stripped and replaced anyway, so just close it all up and wait! lol


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