Boxing in waste/copper pipes - is there a modular option?

30 Mar 2012
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It's been many years since I last sorted a bathroom but, sadly, the bullet must be bitten.

Obviously, in the interim it's been realised that the faffing about with custom built boxing-in option is laughable, and a versatile off-the-shelf modular option for hiding the pipework away has become widely available. Something that is cheap, simple to install, reasonably attractive, serviceable, and robust.

Who supplies this? Any ideas would be very welcome.

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32mm basin waste chased into 4" brick wall:

10mm hot and cold for basin chased into brick wall (not even chased in, just a bit of mortar raked out and pipes pushed in):

Concealed cistern "chased" into 9" wall:

You can chase out 1/3 vertically, plus your plaster finish.

Bath waste should go under floor between joists or straight out through external wall.

Boxing in pipework is a bit cheap and 1980's - if it's unavoidable (usually with a soil pipe) then tile over it:
It's dealing with it now and having access later on without disruption that I'm after. A lot of work to create permanent enclosure is ok, until there's a minor problem that undoes everything.

And doing away with as much tiling as possible in the bathroom, or anywhere with increased humidity, is the way forward.
Good luck replacing that flush valve. :eek::eek::eek:

Apparently it's all accessable from that big hole on the front, hence they have those massive flush plates. The only flaw is the connection to the fill pipe which is made outside the cistern and hence inaccessible when it's tiled over - I've cut a hole in the top so I can pull it in for maintenance.

OP - I know what you mean about access in case of problems so I never conceal a joint or a bend where I can't access it.

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