How to Hide Surface-Mounted Plumbing Pipes Part 2
Now that you have begun to build and attach the box for hiding your exposed plumbing pipes, you will find that you have just a few steps left to finish the task.
Step 5 – Attach Boards
Whenever you are attempting to attach the wood to itself to secure the box, you will need to do this by using 4 pieces of furring strips that are 1x2. These strips will need to be screwed into the edges of the sides of the box to secure it together. Once you have sanded and cut the boards as needed, you will be able to move on to using these furring strips to get the box completely secured together.
Step 6 – Additional Measuring
Once you have begun to measure and cut the wood, you will find that the sides can be the toughest part of the job. You will need to make sure that you have them measured out where the depth is just right. You do not want the box to stick out of the wall too much but you want to also make sure that it is going to be able to properly cover the pipes. Make sure that you decide how deep the box will need to be before you even begin to try to measure or cut anything. Once you have decided on the proper depth, measure at least twice and then cut the wood.
Step 7 – Blending
You will probably want to have the box go along with the rest of your décor. If you do not then it could be as big of an eyesore as the pipes themselves. You will need to make sure that you have the wood properly sanded before you begin to cut or mount it. Also, it is usually a good idea for you to finish and stain the wood before you mount it as well. Doing this when it is already mounted may result in stained walls.
Step 8 – Tips
Once you have successfully mounted and cut your box to cover the exposed pipes in your home, there are a few things that you should keep in mind. Make sure that you leave a door or other access to the pipes in case there is an emergency. It is important pipes even when the pipes are covered. This is usually done with some hinges and a swinging door. As opposed to adding another wall to the front of the box, you will instead add hinges and allow for the front wall to swing open. You can also add a latch to ensure that the door stays shut whenever you need it to. Whenever you are looking for ways to get around mounting the box without studs, you will find that toggle bolts can also work for giving additional support. You will need to make sure that you get a hole predrilled before you slide in the bolt. Tighten it with a screw gun after you have tapped it with a hammer.