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Old 02-09-2013, 06:49 PM   #1
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Are 2" cleanouts OK to cover (with drywall)?


In the basement bathroom I have 3 2" abs Ts above the cement and in the wall. On each T down leads to another T that joins the shower, sink, etc.. to the wastewater drain and up leads to the 1-1/2" pipe through the roof.

My question is are these are OK to cover? Is there a reason to keep them? Nothing drains into them and I have access to the drain pipes through the shower, sink, etc... So can I just put flush abs plugs and forget about it behind the drywall?

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PS these are not the main Cleanouts for the sewer. Those have very nice access panels.

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Cant really picture what you're talking about...maybe a photo would help. But why would you want to cover a cleanout without leaving some access to it?

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You'll need to determine if they are clean outs or test tee's either way i would try and avoid covering them up. i wouldn't rely on access to lines via shower drain, vanity ,toilet etc,
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The two behind the sink and toilet i will probably keep no matter what. They'll be out of the way and easily concealed. The one by the shower is just asking for my children to hide things in. i'd prefer to cover it.
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Those look like required cleanouts, and they must be kept accessible (i.e. not covered) for use as ... cleanouts. Your kids are not going to be able to take the plugs out
with their fingers, just don't be giving them big wrenches for Christmas.
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Theses come in paint friendly plastic or chrome...
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Or these:

http://www.oatey.com/Channel/Shared/...ss_Panels.html
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Do not cover. If you ever have a backup you'll find you have a much easier time getting down one of those, rather than pulling the toilet or trying to go through the shower trap with a big cable.
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Theses come in paint friendly plastic or chrome...
That looks perfect. Thanks! I was used to door access panels.

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