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Old 06-19-2024, 11:48 AM   #1
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Fixed Annoying Hot Water and Low Point drain Access covers - Eliminated Screws

I got tired of taking out the screws and putting them back in for the Hot Water Heater and Low Point Drain access panels. I also made the Low Point Drain access hole larger so the original access cover no longer covered the hole. The new cover panel is 3/16" chalk/whiteboard panel.

I added a piece of flooring "J" trim to the bottom, and a mirror clip on the top. Now I can remove and replace the covers without any tools.

I drilled the mirror clips out to 1/4" and put a bolt through with a spring behind the fixed panel. I crimped the ends of the "J" trim panel so the panel cannot slide side to side and attached with pop rivets.

Total assembly time was less than a hour to make this mod.

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Old 06-19-2024, 02:53 PM   #2
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Velcro might have worked too.
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Old 06-19-2024, 05:53 PM   #3
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nice job! I used self closing hinges on the panel, cut off the screws and glued them in place so they would cover the holes. Looks ok but a bigger hatch would be nice. Those drain valves require me to almost crawl inside and there seems to be a unhappy cat with sharp claws in there every time I go in.
Why don't they put a real door there?? Oh, I know, costs money.
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