How to Hide Surface-Mounted Plumbing Pipes Part 1
Plumbing pipes can be a real eye sore and something that you will want to hide to make your home look more finished. Nothing makes a home look more incomplete than having exposed pipes. More often than not, you will be able to successfully cover your plumbing pipes without having to spend a lot of money or do a lot of work. You will find that hiding these pipes is something that anybody can do with a little bit of time and the right tools.
Step 1 – Conceal
Whenever you have exposed pipes that are on a finished wall, you will find that the best way that you will be able to conceal the pipes is with a wooden box. A wooden box will work best whenever the pipes are grouped together in one location. If there are several pipes spaced out, a box will not be able to be used. The box that you choose can be either vertical or horizontal. What you choose will ultimately depend on your preference as well as how the pipes are laid out. The box can serve as decoration while hiding the pipes that you do not want seen. The box is something that is not difficult to build.
Step 2 – Measure
The first thing that you will need to do is measure the area so that you know how big the box will need to be. This way, you will be able to get the right amount of wood and tools for the job. Get out your measuring tape and measure the area that the pipes are showing as well as how far out the box will need to go. Once you have the width, height and the depth measured, you are ready to begin purchasing your supplies.
Step 3 – Cut Wood
With your ¾-inch plywood, you will need to get the width of the side panels marked with a straight edge. With your corded circular saw, you will need to cut the plywood to match your measurements. Do not attempt a cordless saw as the wood is too thick for this type of a job. With your miter saw will be needed so that you can get the panels of the box cut to the right height. Make sure that you practice safety whenever you are cutting the wood. This means hand and eye protection such as gloves and goggles.
Step 4 – Wood Attachment
To secure the box into the wall, you will need to do this by screwing the back part of the box into the wall studs. Most of the time, the pipes are right next to studs. However, if there are no studs, you will simply need to add wall anchors as well as drywall screws. Make sure that you have these in securely so that the box will not run the risk of falling once it has been finished being built.