access panel - is it required by code?

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  1. cme10ae

    cme10ae New Member

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    I'm in Michigan, and am wondering if a plumbing access panel is required by code in a shower - general code I guess, I know nobody would know about my local codes.
     
  2. RioHyde

    RioHyde Plumber

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    Not sure if you're under the International Plumbing Code (IPC) or not. However, under IPC an access panel isnt required (sections 408 and 418). Its not a bad idea to have one though. Anytime I replace a tub and/or shower faucet in a home without an access panel the customer wishes there had been one installed.
     
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  4. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Not required and has no purpose unless you install a valve that you anticipate will wear out and need to be replaced in a few years. If that is the case, then you need a better faucet not an access panel.
     
  5. Mike Swearingen

    Mike Swearingen New Member

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    And they have the newer shower valve assemblies with the large estucheons that can be installed from the shower side. No back access required.
    Mike
     
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