How to Install an Access Door to your Drywall
There are many benefits to installing drywall in walls and ceilings. Compared to traditional plaster, drywall is easier and faster to install. It is also well-known for the aesthetic benefits it can provide to building interiors. Drywall allows design customizations since it can be painted or finished over with any style or pattern you desire.
Match your newly installed drywall with an access panel unit that will not compromise the structural integrity of drywall. Use a drywall access panel that easily blends in with the surrounding drywall material, available in different sizes and optional product features.
Installing a drywall access door can be a tricky and challenging task especially for a beginner. Avoid committing costly mistakes by efficiently preparing for the job. Make sure to gather all the necessary tools and equipment first and learn a few installation tips from experts.
To start a drywall installation, here are the tools you will need:
- Drywall saws
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1. Locate and measure
The first step in drywall access door installation is finding the exact spot for the access opening to your plumbing or electrical components. Measure, then mark the drywall opening with a pencil to serve as a guide when cutting.
2. Ready your access door for drywall
You can choose between creating your drywall access door or ordering one from a reputable supplier. It would serve you best going for the latter choice. With a premade access panel, you’ll never go wrong with the size or design. There is a wide range of access doors in the market, so you can easily find one that suits your needs.
3. Fit the panel into the drywall
Using the access panel, mark the drywall for the second time. By tracing the panel itself this time, you can best assure the accuracy of the cut.
4. Make the cut
Cut slowly and precisely outside your traced outline with a drywall saw. The extra width is necessary to accommodate the frame on all four sides. Make sure to press the saw firmly against the drywall to avoid cracks. You may leave the cut-out drywall inside the wall or pull it out once it’s completely free.
5. Load up the caulking gun
Once the cut hole is perfectly ready, it’s time to prepare your access panel for installation. Start applying glue to the undersurface of your access panel frame or the part that faces the wall when it’s installed. Apply a generous amount on the area and firmly press the frame into the opening. While waiting for the caulk to dry, make sure your frame is kept in place by securing with tape. For best results, leave it to dry overnight.
6. Insert access panel
Insert the access panel and fill in any cracks. To create a more natural look, sand your panel down and finish with a fresh coat of paint that matches the entire wall design.
Follow the instructions in your unit
When buying a premade drywall access panel, always refer to the manufacturer’s guide when installing the unit. This is necessary for efficient equipment performance and long-lasting use.
How can a drywall access panel helps during emergency situations in buildings
Critical situations in households or offices involving electrical and plumbing systems are best dealt with readily available access to the components. With the installation of a drywall access door, structure demolition would be unnecessary.