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Framing basement walls over plumbing


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01-02-09, 12:12 PM   #1  
Framing basement walls over plumbing

I'm planning to finish by basement and I'm not sure how to frame a wall that has lots of plumbing for the sewer PVC exiting the house and the incoming city water line, pressure reducer, shutoff valves, and one faucet. These pipes protrude several inches from the wall and I'm thinking I just build the wall a few inches out so that the pipes are safely behind the wall, but how do I make it so that I can easily get to these pipes for maintenance? Are there standard methods for hiding access panels?

The area of concern is in the middle of a wall towards a corner. I plan on using standard 2x4 framing and finishing with drywall.

 
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01-02-09, 03:37 PM   #2  
Are they all grouped fairly close together? If within 3' of each other (I know it sounds dumb, but) You could frame up an interior door where they are located. Should you have a problem, just open the door and they are there. Otherwise you could build an access door, framed out and trimmed over each unit.

 
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01-02-09, 06:17 PM   #3  
Not Dumb at All

Chandler's advice isn't dumb at all.

I've built 'what looked like 'closets' in basement walls with bifold doors whose sole purpose was to access water meters, plumbing shutoffs, and electrical services as needed.

 
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01-03-09, 04:25 AM   #4  
I may need a few doors. The sewer line protrudes pretty far in the right side corner. Moving left about 2 feet, the city water comes in and runs left parallel with the sewer line. Then 3 feet more and there is a pressure reducer and then the meter (which has a remote that goes outside so it does not need to be accessible all the time). To the left of that is another cleanout for the sewer.

So it looks like I might need a combo of a corner storage closet and then a few folding doors.

Thanks for the ideas!

 
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