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Built in Washer Water Supply Access

Posted by hernalo (My Page) on
Sat, Jan 19, 13 at 11:41

I love the built in look with the tiled backsplash but how do you access the water supply and electric outlet? Are they behind the unit? The other side of my laundry closet is a walk in closet. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated!


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RE: Built in Washer Water Supply Access

I'm thinking of making the same thing. I have a stacked washer dryer in a small closet just big enough for it's footprint. There is another closet that backs-up that W/D closet. Since it's only a closet, I was thinking of cutting an access hole, using a sheet rock cutter similar to a box cutter. Make the hole just large enough to fit my arm in there to get access to faucets and outlets or even the dryer's duct. The only disadvantage is since it's a PIA to take the washer and dryer back out, cutting the hole would make a mess (sheet rock dust and stuff) in the back of the W/D. And then I would add some sort of door with trim to make it look nice. Would your tiled backsplash get in the way of access hole? If so, you have to pull your W/D out, and start the access hole from the tile-side of the wall first.


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RE: Built in Washer Water Supply Access

Thanks! I will use an access panel on the closet side and will tile around the box that houses the water supply. I am thinking of installing a floodstop
shut off valve for my peace of mind


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RE: Built in Washer Water Supply Access

Sounds good. Since there will be no studs near the access hole, I'd need to glue a frame/trim to the sheetrock on both sides, to protect the sheetrock edge, but I haven't figured a way to fasten some doors or panels on the outside of each sheetrock. It would look kind of tacky with an open hole. Possibly using some simple louver panels may do the trick. And some how notch them into the sheetrock hole so they secured or latched when not in use??


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RE: Built in Washer Water Supply Access

Well I figured it out. There are plastic doors made for this. They are called "Plumber Access Panels" No framing or studs required. Possibly I can install one on the W/D side from the other closet instead of pulling out out my W/D stack, which is a PIA.

This post was edited by jseeley on Wed, Jan 30, 13 at 12:27


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