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Old 03-03-2007, 05:02 PM   #1
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Gas valve in ceiling......Do I have to provide accress...how?


I am putting 2X4 strapping on my basement ceiling in order to accomodate a gas pipe that runs through it.

I have noticed that there is a shut off valve.

Do I have to provide access to this? I imagine I cannot cover it.

How would I do this?

(I do not really want to relocate it)

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You will have to put an access panel in the ceiling to allow for access, or move the valve elsewhere to allow for unihibited access at all times.

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Old 03-03-2007, 06:58 PM   #3
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H.D. carries a plastic cover (Access panel) that is approximately 9"x 9" It is composed of white PVC plastic. It is only about 1/16" in depth. It is flat and has no knobs at all. It is held in place by spring loaded clips. It's about $16.00 US. It comes white, and blends very well on a white sheetrock ceiling. It's surface is paintable. You will find it in the Plumbing Parts Department.

This access panel is designed to be used by simply being placed into a cut-out sheetrock opening. I believe that the opening should be about 8" x 8" for the tension on the clips to work properly.
That is it, the simplest access panel you can install. Just have a square cut out of the sheetrock where the shut-off is located...

If you are stumped about this, let me know. We are doing that in a wall of one of our basement remodels we area doing, and I could take pics for you to get the idea....

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Sounds like this may be an important valve to have obvious, as it probably is the shut off for all the upstairs. I personally would pay a plumber to locate this valve somewhere it will remain in the open and obvious, for emergency reasons. Not much purpose to it if you are the only one who knows that it exists hidden under an access panel.
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Thanks for the great help.

I think I will go with what Atlantic has suggested. I was not aware of anything like this.

As usual, Atlantic, I understand your instructions completely.

I am going to try and post some pics of the one room that I have finished framing, insulating and vapor barrier.

I have another small room to do and hopefully soon (it has been 5 months so far) I will be ready for drywall, and with all my endless questions.

Thanks to all.
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YM - I was able to buy a case of the access panels for less than the cost of one at the large home centers off of ebay. Check out
http://cgi.ebay.com/Plumbing-Electri...QQcmdZViewItem

for one such deal. (I bought case of qty 10 for about $15 or so) Not sure is this is same seller.
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Thanks for the info. brik.

I only need one small one.

(If I bought that many, then I would have to do more projects.

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