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Old 05-24-2010, 08:26 AM   #1
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So yesterday I woke up to my lovely fiance sitting next to me on the bed saying "I made Sunday breakfast"

I make my way downstairs and go to get a glass of water to have w/ breakfast and I look at the kitchen ceiling and think to myself "why is it all wet?

Welll ... here's a hint. The bathroom (mainly the tub) is right above there.

Well ... fast forward a few hours. Drywall saw ... trip to the store ... playing plummer ... another trip to the store .... playing plummer again- WOO HOO, no more leak!

So this brings me to my next question - does such a thing exist? Granted it's not the worst thing in the world to patch a drywall ceiling, but it would be so much easier to work on again (if needed) if there was some sort of flush mounted, low-profile door that could be put in there instead.

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"door" in the ceiling?


they make access panels, easy install diff sizes

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Old 05-24-2010, 08:37 AM   #3
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Thanks!
A quick search reveals the following:
http://www.plumbersurplus.com/Prod/J.../39122/Cat/608

I guess my next question would be: Has anyone ever installed this in a house? How does it look when it's finished? Does it actually look as "inconspicuous" as the ad says?
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its pretty flat
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Pete,
Two schools of thought on tub and shower access panels:
1. Put an access panel in and look at it all the time.
2. Patch drywall back up and not look at it. If you fixed everything that needed repair, this should be good for quite awhile. And if you are proficient at drywall repair, not a bad option.

On new houses around here, inspecters insist on option 1. I like option two for my own personal preference. I don't mind fixing drywall. I don't like seeing access panels, although the one you linked is about as inconspicuous as I have seen.

P.S. Did you end up making three trips to the store during your plumbing project? Old joke around here. The guys up at the local home depot that know me always kid me when they see me coming to the checkout with plumbing parts.
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I "only" made 2 trips

Didn't have the proper gasket for the elbow, but it worked out since I had a flood light for the garage I had to return anyway plus it was nice out and with this house work I barely drive my car these days.

Of course since I was by myself for trip # 2 I used it as an opportunity to scope out a super cheap pedestal sink for the other bath.

My ceiling is textured and frankly I can't stand textured ceilings. I planned on taking it down when we redo the kitchen (in the fall) anyway so I might just try this access panel and paint it white. It'll look a little ghetto for a few months, but better than a giant hole.
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My kitchen ceiling has a homemade access panel for the tub plumbing. It is nothing more than an approximately 1.5 by 2 ft piece of drywall framed in 1/4 by 1 inch wood all painted the same color and framed to support this piece. It doesn't look bad at all and when the caulk fails and the tub starts leaking this is the first place the drips start so it doesn't ruin the rest of the ceiling. I would guess it costs a lot less than an access panel.
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I said the heck with it and ordered that access panel!

The good news is that today is Tuesday and several showers later the plumbing is no longer leaking. By the time the door gets here I think I will have waited long enough.
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2 other projects later .... This should work pretty well, this thing should mount pretty flush once it's in there. I'll probably just primer it with white primer until I redo the kitchen in the fall.


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