Proper way to finish off this cleanout behind vanity?

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I ran drains for a double vanity using a double san tee (aka, cross) and after reading many complaints here about snaking double sinks with crosses, I installed a cleanout above the cross. I figured I would just cover it with the smallest access panel I could find, but my vanity, it turns out, has a nice wood back. Is there was a sleeker way to do this that doesn't require me cutting out a large piece of the back of my new vanity?

Hindsight being 20/20, I should have used regular tee instead of a cleanout tee, and extended a section of pipe a couple inches past the wall and put a cleanout on the end of that. Then I could have just used a regular 1.5" escutcheon, but too late for that now...

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I ran drains for a double vanity using a double san tee (aka, cross) and after reading many complaints here about snaking double sinks with crosses, I installed a cleanout above the cross. I figured I would just cover it with the smallest access panel I could find, but my vanity, it turns out, has a nice wood back. Is there was a sleeker way to do this that doesn't require me cutting out a large piece of the back of my new vanity?

Hindsight being 20/20, I should have used regular tee instead of a cleanout tee, and extended a section of pipe a couple inches past the wall and put a cleanout on the end of that. Then I could have just used a regular 1.5" escutcheon, but too late for that now...

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I ran drains for a double vanity using a double san tee (aka, cross) and after reading many complaints here about snaking double sinks with crosses, I installed a cleanout above the cross. I figured I would just cover it with the smallest access panel I could find, but my vanity, it turns out, has a nice wood back. Is there was a sleeker way to do this that doesn't require me cutting out a large piece of the back of my new vanity?

Hindsight being 20/20, I should have used regular tee instead of a cleanout tee, and extended a section of pipe a couple inches past the wall and put a cleanout on the end of that. Then I could have just used a regular 1.5" escutcheon, but too late for that now...

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I made the same mistake (and came to the same hindsight conclusion), and the so-so solution I came up with was this: First I cut a 3" or so round hole in the back of the vanity, lined up with the cleanout in the wall. And then I covered that hole with a 4" round metal electrical box cover (the outdoor painted style), held in with two screws to the wood back.

To make it look nicer you could use a round wood cover of a matching material, although would be much thicker.

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So how do those cover plates with the center hole and screw work? Do you get a special cleanout plug with a tapping to receive the screw? Or tap it yourself?

Cheers, Wayne
They do make cleanout plugs that have a metal tap embedded in them. But mostly people just drill a hole smaller than the screw. Or drill and tap the cleanout plug. Strongly recommend screwing and unscrewing by hand with a screwdriver instead of a drill.
 
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