How-To Videos To Make Your DIY Access Door Installation A Breeze

Access doors and their locations can either be a cleverly planned building project or can be a building construction afterthought. Either way, planning and installing access doors is a simple necessity for allowing occupants to access important areas of a building or home’s skeleton. With just a few cuts to drywall and some screws to hold a door in place, just about anyone can install a single access door in a few minutes.

The Right Door For The Right Location

Access doors can be integrated into stucco or drywall construction, or they can sit flush with ceiling tiles or floorboards. They can even be installed into ducts themselves. They always function as access points, but because they expose and protect a variety of different spaces, each door must have specific features for their planned location

On-The-Wall or In-The-Wall

Access doors and panels are typically designed to be surface-mounted or flush-mounted with a wall. A flush-mounted panel goes in the wall, while a surface-mounted panel goes on the wall. Depending on your personal preference and the design of access door you buy, you’ll be installing your door in one of those two ways.

A Few Pointers Before Installing An Access Door

After installing plumbing pipes and electrical wiring, measure the distance from the floor to the fuse box, valve, or pipes that you’ll need to access. Then measure the distance to the edges of the wall and the ceiling. Record the measurements. These will help you best locate where to put the access door. Now, follow these five simple steps for preparing for installation:

  1. Measure twice. Know how big of area you need to cut, and make sure the access door will fit in that area! Be mindful of any possible obstructions in the way of installing.
  2. Don’t get too cute with placement. The best place to install an access door is directly in front of the pipes or the electrical equipment that you need access too.
  3. Locate the goods. Be sure to locate any pipes or wires behind your wall before you begin installation, so you don’t cut into them when cutting drywall.
  4. Look out for studs, too. You don’t want to install your access door with a stud in the middle of it. Access doors should be installed between studs. Use a stud finder to help you locate the studs in your wall.
  5. Mark and tape the area. Mark the area you’re going to cut before you cut into the wall. This is your template when you go to cut out drywall to install the door.

You should now be an access door pro…

OK, so those tips are very simple. Let’s make this a little more concrete for you. We’ve gathered videos to help guide you in installing an access door. These videos go in-depth on installing different access doors in different locations and for different purposes.

This access door installation video is from Leah at See Jane Drill. Leah gives professional advice on home improvement. Here she explains how to install an access door in a a bathroom. Our takeaways:

  • Using the floor as a reference point for installing.
  • Using “inner” and “outer” lines for accurate cutting.
  • Alternatives to a drywall knife.
  • The power of construction adhesive (and how to not mess it up).

This video is from the Fix It Home Improvement Channel. Their videos typically cover the how to’s for simple fix-it projects around the house. This how to covers how to install an access door in your basement to help you gain access to pipes. Our takeaways:

  • Drilling notches in the door frame.
  • Using powerful self-tapping wall anchors.

View two more helpful videos on the WB Doors blog here: