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Old 01-05-2012, 08:33 PM   #1
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I'm finishing a bedroom in my basement and there is a drain pipe coming down from the kitchen above it. It's got a fitting on it with what looks like a cleanout plug. Unfortunately, it's sticking out, so if I wanted to install drywall, I'd have to cut out a hole and the square piece on the cleanout plug would stick out. I saw that there are low-profile cleanout plugs which would allow me to hide it completely behind a wall. The question is, would this be against code? Is it required to be accessible, so would I have to box it in and put a removable cover on it? Or can I just hide it behind drywall, and maybe protect the pipe behind with some steel?

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Why would you want to do that?
That clean out is there for a reason.

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Clean out has to be accessible. End of story. Put a flush plug in it, and make a nice looking access panel for it, or get a cleanout cover plate.

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Why would you want to do that?
That clean out is there for a reason.
So you would suggest boxing it in and putting a cover over it?

I just don't know how frequently access would be needed. I never ever had to clean out a pipe in any of the homes I have owned. In fact, until now I never knew they were for clean-out purposes, I always assumed it was just a cover for future hook-ups.
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Clean out has to be accessible. End of story. Put a flush plug in it, and make a nice looking access panel for it, or get a cleanout cover plate.
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Put your bed or dresser or a stuffed animal in front of it if you can't sleep at night knowing that clean out is in that wall.
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Put your bed or dresser or a stuffed animal in front of it if you can't sleep at night knowing that clean out is in that wall.
That's not why I wanted to hide/cover it. It just looks ugly as is. I just want a beautiful room.
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tom i have to agree with you... me and the wife went at it about a clean out facing into the great room we both said it looked bad.....however the code dosen't care how it looks....so we took a peice of furniture cut out back to hide c/o plug....happy wife happy life......you will think of something....ben
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I love can't find the clean out calls.. $295.00 later i'll find your clean out.
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Take the plug and flip it over.
As long as you know where the clean out plug is im not aware of a code saying it must be accessable,common sense says install an access cover but im not aware of a code off top of my head
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Take the plug and flip it over.
As long as you know where the clean out plug is im not aware of a code saying it must be accessable,common sense says install an access cover but im not aware of a code off top of my head
There are access requirements for cleanouts. I don't think you could get it to screw in if you turn it upside down, it should be a tapered thread. Also if it's in a drain stack you wouldn't want the head of the plug protruding into the drain line.

This is why they make flush plugs.
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Depends on what kind of pipe/fitting it is,I flip the pvc plugs upside down sometimes for clearance on outside clean outs.
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@ TomU- if you do put in a flush plug with a clean out cover, do not run the anchor screw in further then needed to anchor the cover. If the screw is too long, toilet paper and such will hang up on it and cause a blockage. Then your in deep do-do
FYI, you can get plastic covers that can be textured and painted to match the wall- becomes almost invisible
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@ TomU- if you do put in a flush plug with a clean out cover, do not run the anchor screw in further then needed to anchor the cover. If the screw is too long, toilet paper and such will hang up on it and cause a blockage. Then your in deep do-do
FYI, you can get plastic covers that can be textured and painted to match the wall- becomes almost invisible
The ones that we get bottom out. You have to cut the screw to get it to go in all the way.
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The ones that we get bottom out. You have to cut the screw to get it to go in all the way.
Yep, I've used those too. But most people here shop at the big box places and you never know what the expert in an apron will peddle

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