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Old 11-05-2008, 11:05 AM   #1
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Plaster wall - cutting out an access hole, but how to replace it?


I am re-plumbing my bathroom, I must go through the plaster wall behind to replace the pipes. What would be the most economical method of replacing this section? Is there a good way to install an access panel that looks good?

I have a mini circular saw to cut this baby out, i'm guessing I should use a blade that has a lot of teeth per inch.

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Discussion here with pictures: Wall access tips?

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Cut to the middle point of the studs on either side. Then make the top cuts to remove the piece.

Do your plumbing.

Then get a piece of sheetrock and put in to cover up the access hole.

Get some drywall mud and seal up the edges. Sand as necessary.

Get one of those cans of texture. They are expensive. On a scrap piece of drywall practice till you get the texture the same as the existing plaster.

Then do the real thing.

Paint to match and you are done.

USE A MASK WHEN YOU CUT OUT THE PLASTER. That is toxic stuff to your lungs when airborne.
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Thanks gentlemen for the advice!
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What sort of base does your plastered wall have?
Ai my house a plaster board was nailed on the studs, then a rough coat of plaster, followed by a smoother finish coat.
The total thickness is about 3/4".
When I had to fill a cut-out hole, I had to fasten 1/4" strips of wood to the studs to build it out for the 1/2" drywall patch.
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OR, if you dont want to replaster just buy yourself a access door, they can be painted and may work just fine for you.
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I cut open the wall yesterday. It is actually "wood" lath, but the lath isnnt really wood. They are like plaster planks about 1/2"x4". I've got to finish this plumbing job so I can finally move in...I will check out the HD for access panels
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I cut open the wall yesterday. It is actually "wood" lath, but the lath isnnt really wood. They are like plaster planks about 1/2"x4". I've got to finish this plumbing job so I can finally move in...I will check out the HD for access panels

They sell them at HD, they even have a 1hr fire rating, I use them quite often, although I generally buy one before I cut the hole.
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They sell them at HD, they even have a 1hr fire rating, I use them quite often, although I generally buy one before I cut the hole.
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