How to install a bauco rondo drywall access panel by Access Panel Solutions in a suspended drywall ceiling. This project is continued from How to Install a bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel – Part 2.

bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel Installation

The 12″ bauco rondo drywall access panel mounted in the drywall ceiling as viewed from crawlspace. Red safety caps provided with the unit cover the sharp drywall screws to prevent injury or tearing your shirt.

bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel Installed in the Ceiling

bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel Installed in the Ceiling

HVAC Condensate Drain Tube

The 12″ bauco rondo is large enough to get my head and one arm through to reach the HVAC condensate drain tube sewer line connection:

bauco rondo 12" Drywall Ceiling Access Panel

bauco rondo 12″ Drywall Ceiling Access Panel

Now I can see what’s going on with the HVAC condensate drain tube connection to the PVC sewer line. The condensate pump lifts the water through the flexible drain tube. The drain tube is zip-tied to a nail in the floor joist with a water trap loop to prevent sewer gases from passing back through the tube. The flexible tube connects to a brass nipple adapter that empties into the top of the sewer line wye.

HVAC Condensate Drain Tube Sewer Line Connection

HVAC Condensate Drain Tube Sewer Line Connection

bauco rondo Access Panel: Drywall Finishing

I used 6″ and 12″ drywall finishing knives, mud pan and Sheet Rock brand All Purpose Joint Compound to fill the gap around the access panel and screw dimples on the ceiling. Note the large drop cloth protect the carpet.

bauco rondo Access Panel: Drywall Finishing Tools

bauco rondo Access Panel: Drywall Finishing Tools

The gap between the bauco rondo frame and ceiling is filled with the drywall joint compound using the 6 inch knife. Apply the joint compound working towards the frame to minimize the amount of compound inside the rim.

bauco rondo Access Panel: Drywall Finishing

bauco rondo Access Panel: Drywall Finishing

The joint compound is smoothed and feathered with the ceiling using the 12″ drywall knife. Allow the joint compound to dry and wet sand. Repeat if necessary with a thin coat of joint compound to seamlessly blend with the ceiling, let dry and wet sand. You shouldn’t be able to feel any bumps or ridges when complete. Clean the frame and rubber gasket to remove any joint compound or dust with a damp cloth.

bauco rondo Drywall Finishing: 12" Drywall Knife

bauco rondo Drywall Finishing: 12″ Drywall Knife

Also fill the bauco rondo access panel door with joint compound so it’s even with the rim (bottom of photo):

bauco plus II and bauco rondo Installation: Drywall Finishing

bauco plus II and bauco rondo Installation: Drywall Finishing

After finishing the drywall, I rolled on two coats of bright white Sherwin-Williams Eminence™ Ceiling Paint in a flat finish.

bauco rondo Final Installation

The bauco rondo panel door installs by hanging the door on the free hinge:

bauco rondo by Access Panel Solutions, Inc.

bauco rondo by Access Panel Solutions, Inc.

Clip on the safety cable:

bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel after Painting

bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel after Painting

Close the panel door by pressing up to engage the spring touch-latches:

12" bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel in the Ceiling

12″ bauco rondo Drywall Access Panel in the Ceiling

Homeowners, Renovators and DIY

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Take care,

Bob Jackson

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