How to Install a Plumbing Access Panel

How to Install a Plumbing Access Panel

Hi, I’m Linda Stanfield owner of Benjamin Franklin plumbing in Chandler, Arizona. Today, I’m going to go ahead and show you how to install a plumbing access panel into your drywall. A few items that you want to have prepared for with this is a drywall knife, a pencil, some caulking if you want to caulk around your access panel, and a good access panel itself. Before you begin you want to go ahead and check to see if you have any studs in the area that you plan to put this access panel in, if you have any electrical wires or anything at all that could damage anything before you do your cutting. Once you’ve cleared that then go ahead and take the lid of the access panel, place that down on the drywall, and use your pencil to go ahead and trace around that. That’s going to give you a good line to go ahead and cut near. Once that is done go ahead and use your straight edge and you want to go ahead and cut on the outside of that line that you just drew to give it a little bit more room and really correctly install your access panel. Your drywall knife should be very sharp and the first time you go through you’re going to just score it. You’re going to have to do it again and maybe even a third time to really break through to the drywall, but you want to take it lightly, you don’t want to damage your drywall and you don’t want to hit anything on the other side. So go ahead and use your drywall blade, score that, and then cut it again. Once that’s loose you can pop through your drywall. Let me go ahead and show you one that I already have opened up for you. Once you have your opening in your drywall you next can take your access panel and pop that right on in there. You can do some caulking around the edge if you’d like and there you go. Thank you so much for watching today, I’m Linda with Benjamin Franklin Plumbing and that’s how to install a plumbing access panel.

 

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