This project explains how to install a bauco softline access door made by Access Panel Solutions in the “wet wall” for shower and bath plumbing maintenance. Mounting the cross blocks and final door installation. This project is continued from How to Install a bauco softline Access Door – Part 2.

bauco softline Mounting Blocks

1/8 inch pilot holes are drilled at a 45 degree angle in the ends of the mounting blocks in preparation for fastening with 3-1/2 inch stainless steel wood screws. The purpose of the pilot holes is to prevent splitting the wood. There’s no room to swing a hammer between the 2×4 wall studs and using screws avoids jarring the wall as compared to hammering nails.

bauco softline Access Panel Installation: Mounting Cross Blocks

bauco softline Access Panel Installation: Mounting Cross Blocks

The 3-1/2 inch stainless steel screws are driven into the mounting blocks until the point of the screw just emerges on the other side of the block. This simplifies attaching the blocks to the 2×4 wall studs.

bauco softline Access Panel Mounting Blocks: Wood Screws

bauco softline Access Panel Mounting Blocks: Wood Screws

I’ve already fastened the lower cross block to the 2×4 wall studs. The white 2×2 mounting block is being slipped into position here:

bauco softline Access Panel: Mounting Block Installation

bauco softline Access Panel: Mounting Block Installation

The upper mounting block is in position and ready for fastening with toe screws to the 2×4 wall studs:

Upper Mounting Block in Position & Ready for Fastening

Upper Mounting Block in Position & Ready for Fastening

bauco softline Wall Anchors

The bauco softline frame is set inside the drywall rough opening and pressed firmly against the wall so it’ll be perfectly flush after mounting. The two anchor straps are fastened to the cross blocks with Simpson Strong-Drive® #8 x 1-1/4″ wafer head wood screws (available at Home Depot):

bauco softline Installation: Fastening the Wall Anchor Straps

bauco softline Installation: Fastening the Wall Anchor Straps

If there’s limited clearance for the wall anchor straps, you can pivot the straps inward to shorten the effective length or trim with tin snips. The wall anchor straps after fastening the top door frame to the 2×2 cross block:

bauco softline Wall Anchor Attachment to the Cross Block

bauco softline Wall Anchor Attachment to the Cross Block

bauco softline Frame & Door Installation

The bauco softline access door frame is mounted to the cross blocks. The frame fit flush against the wall and covered the uneven edges of the drywall rough opening. I really liked not having to bother with drywall finishing!

bauco softline Access Door Frame After Mounting to the Cross Blocks

bauco softline Access Door Frame After Mounting to the Cross Blocks

The door attaches to the frame in seconds by pulling down on the hinge half-loop (top left) to compress the bottom spring, then pop it into the frame:

bauco softline Access Panel: Attaching the Door

bauco softline Access Panel: Attaching the Door

View of the bauco softline in the bathroom drywall with the door open:

bauco softline Access Panel: Shower Plumbing Drywall Installation

bauco softline Access Panel: Shower Plumbing Drywall Installation

After I put away my tools and hung the towel back on the rack, I asked my wife if she noticed anything different about the bathroom. She looked around and said “I don’t know, did you do something?”. Awesome!

 

bauco softline Access Panel in the Bathroom Drywall

bauco softline Access Panel in the Bathroom Drywall

Hope this helps,

Bob Jackson

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