How To Box In Plumbing & Piping

Difficulty Levels

The work is simply intended for decoration purposes and does not contain anything far too specialised

List of tools required

  • Tenon Saws
  • Power Drill and attachments
  • Particle board or MDF
  • Various Hand Tools
  • 12mm thick square batten
  • Ruler / tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Screws
  • Rawl plugs (a plastic socket inserted right into a drilled hole ahead of any screw is driven in. Holds the screw firmly)

Estimated time to finish
The job itself is quite easy even so the more time you would spend considering the job, the more substantial the improvement in your house.

Amount of Danger
Medium – always take care when using your saw and, hammer as well as nails.

Why are we doing it

If you have unsightly piping you would like to hide, boxing-in is the perfect option.
It is cheap and not too difficult to complete and is used to improve the overall look of the rooms.

The way to do it (With Simple methods)

1) Look at the scale of the work

If you are dealing with a individual pipe then a very simple box work is the best option.
Consider whether it is advisable to include having access to valves or stop taps etc.
Should you be creating a bigger box i e to. to cover more than one pipes you need to take more time to plan the job.

2) Pick out the material

The material useful for single pipe box work must be strong enough to withstand nailing (with no cracking).
Particle board or even MDF is good for this task.

3) Take the measurements

Properly measure the total length of the box work necessary.
The height of the box work will be based upon the height of your pipe and the width depends on the actual diameter of the pipe plus the distance from the walls it runs along. Indicate these dimensions on to timber or particle board.
When you are dealing with hot water pipes they must be insulated to stop the heat escaping and you will then really need to allow space for this.

4) Cut the wood to fit

With a tenon saw and a vice in order to securely hold the actual wood in position to cut along the designated lines.

5) Trim this batten and secure to your walls
Trim the particular 12mm thick rectangular batten to the entire box work. While using drill as well as screws secure this to the wall.
The top panel of your box (the cover) is going to rest on this.
Secure a further batten horizontally onto the underside of the lid. The side panel of the box will be screwed to this.

6) Assemble the box work and secure to the batten

Employing suitable screws place the panels to the edge of the actual battens.
If your screw actually to large it will split the wood and leave the surface of the boxing uneven.

The same technique is used for vertical piping.

7) Corner pipes (three sided box work)

To box around pipes initially measure and secure 12mm thick rectangular battens to your walls on either side of your pipe.
Next screw a piece of wood to each of the battens.
The timber should protrude from the wall several mm more than the actual pipe. Lastly fit a third panel between the timbers and screw into place.

To get access to valves and stop taps

If you want to gain access to the valves or stop taps slip a washer (a soft metal ring to fit the actual shaft of the screw) onto the actual screw before you place the screw into the hole.
This makes it much easier to undo the screw when you need to reach the valves or stop taps.

9) Cover the box work

Lastly, to make the box work far more aesthetically pleasing you may think about covering them with tiles or wallpaper or if it is a low horizontal pipe you may think about extending the carpet to cover .

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