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Old 10-18-2017, 11:18 AM   #1
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Hi all. I wanted to add shutoff valves to the hot and cold supply lines to the shower, using the existing access panel shown below, where the arrows indicate where the valves would be soldered. A plumber told me that I needed an "inspection panel" instead so that the valves are visible and accessible all the time, in case of a leak, per the California code. The existing access panel is in a closet and would be covered by clothes so a leak in the new installation would not be visible.

Does this mean I need a separate access panel, at eye level and without a cover?

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You should be okay in the closet. But then I don't live in CA. ....
This is really no different than shut off valves hidden deep within a kitchen cabinets.
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The Eplumber said, "" You should be okay in the closet""

I had to laugh...
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The Eplumber said, "" You should be okay in the closet""

I had to laugh...
Yep that's called accessible........
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It may be difficult for me to solder standard shutoff valves after cutting the pipes. Anyone have good/bad experiences with "SharkBite" valves?

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It may be difficult for me to solder standard shutoff valves after cutting the pipes. Anyone have good/bad experiences with "SharkBite" valves?
members here tend to except sharkbites
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