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IUfan
08/29/2017, 07:44 PM
The space behind my tank is unfinished, just a sheet of drywall. I want to put a large hole in the drywall so I can easily put a reactor or UV back in the unfinished space and plumb it easily to my tank.

I was thinking a square hole about 18"x18".

I wanted to see if anyone else had done this and whether there was some kind of plastic trim I can buy to go in cutout and make it look better? Kind of like a frame for the cutout, so it didn't look like I just chopped a hole, also this will add some protection to the exposed drywall. Does this product even exist?


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prsnlty
08/29/2017, 08:51 PM
You can buy mdf composite trim from home depot or lowes. We have a peninsula so the wall end of hours but sup to the wall in the living room or at least it almost does. We put quarter inch to either side of it to hide it and then painted it to match the wall period on the other side we put access doors. That's where we put our Apex among other things including a dedicated electric line.
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bhbell
08/29/2017, 08:53 PM
Your local big box home store will carry access panels of various sizes. Easy peasy

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bhbell
08/29/2017, 08:54 PM
Your local big box home store will have exactly what you are looking for.

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IUfan
08/29/2017, 09:58 PM
Thanks guys, great help!


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Lsufan
08/30/2017, 01:23 PM
One thing to keep in mind is u will more then likely only have 14.5" inbetween studs. If that is the case then I would just go from stud to stud & make the hole 14.5". If u go to cutting studs out it will be quite a bit extra work.

IUfan
08/30/2017, 01:34 PM
Yeah, that's a solid point, was thinking that but wasn't sure how wide the studs would be. Thanks!

I was looking at this one, but would leave the door off, just have the frame.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170830/23cac674cd783cbaabc9da8eb8a1046b.jpg


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Lsufan
08/30/2017, 09:18 PM
That would work & the one u linked that has the frame is usually 14" by 14" to fit between studs. They do make them smaller but most of the smaller ones are just the panel with no frame. They are made for one side of a wall, so if u want the frame on both sides u will have to buy two of them.

U may want to consider adding a 1 by 4 from stud to stud across the bottom of the opening. It will keep anything from falling in the wall because once u cut the Sheetrock out it will have a 3.5" opening in the wall

IUfan
08/30/2017, 09:32 PM
Thanks LSUFan! Appreciate the help! All good info to bear in mind


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five.five-six
08/31/2017, 08:16 AM
Studs are max 16" on center per UBC but you never know which side of the wall they started on LOL. You also never know if there's electrical or plumbing in there either.

A stud sensor is your friend, thermal imager would be better but they are quite pricey.

IUfan
08/31/2017, 08:43 AM
It's unfinished space behind, so from behind its open, can see the studs and the back of the drywall. So all good in that department


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on the spot
09/04/2017, 02:52 PM
...and whether there was some kind of plastic trim I can buy to go in cutout and make it look better? Kind of like a frame for the cutout...

J or L channel drywall trim will do as you request. I use glue to adhere it, then compound over it and done.

This will just trim the rough edges. You are on your own for a door if you so choose.

HTH