How to Make an Access Panel for a Jacuzzi Bathtub

An access panel for a Jacuzzi bathtub makes servicing the tub motor and plumbing an easier task.

A Jacuzzi bathtub needs an access panel for plumbing and motor maintenance.A Jacuzzi bathtub needs an access panel for plumbing and motor maintenance.
The access panel will prevent the need to cut into the wall and repair the wall when servicing, such as motor maintenance or plumbing adjustments, are finished. Plan an access panel for a location near the center of the area close to the pump, as well as in the area close to the plumbing.

Turn on the stud finder, and locate two parallel studs in the area planned for the access panel.

Mark the wall at the centers of the studs. Measure the wall from the floor to the planned height of the access panel for the Jacuzzi tub with a tape measure. Mark the top of the location on each side over the studs with a pencil.

Measure the wall from the floor to the planned height of the access panel for the Jacuzzi tub with a tape measure. Mark the top of the location on each side over the studs with a pencil.

Align the side of a level with the vertical marks over the studs. Draw a line on the wall with the point of the pencil against the level. Stop when the top marks are reached.

Position the level horizontally across the top marks. Adjust as needed, and draw a straight line on the wall along the edge of the level.

Align the side of a straight edge, such as a piece of board or a heavy metal ruler, on the lines.

Press the blade of a utility knife into the sheetrock, and cut a straight line along the sheetrock by holding the edge of the blade against the straight edge positioned on the line. Move the blade slowly, you may hit a screw with the blade. If you do, scrape the top of the screw with the utility knife to clear the grooves and remove it with a drill equipped with a screwdriver bit.

Align the side of a straight edge on the horizontal line at the top of the planned opening. Cut along the line with a utility knife. Lift out the cut section of sheetrock.

Measure the horizontal distance between studs, and transfer this measurement to a piece of 2-foot-by-4-foot lumber by marking the distance from the end with a tape measure. Cut the wood on the mark with a handsaw.

Position the piece of 2-foot-by-4-foot lumber horizontally at the top of the opening. Align the center of the edge of wood with the edge of the remaining sheetrock.

Position the piece of 2-foot-by-4-foot lumber horizontally at the top of the opening. Align the center of the edge of wood with the edge of the remaining sheetrock.

Measure the width and height of the opening. Transfer the measurements to a scrap piece of sheetrock. Trim with a utility knife placed against a straight edge. Position the trimmed piece of sheetrock over the opening. Trim to fit if needed.

Cut trim to size, and place it over the seam, if desired, for a finished look if the opening is visible. Drill pilot holes for at least three locations while holding the trim in position. Drill one on the top and bottom and at least one in the center for each piece. Insert screws into the pilot holes and tighten them into position.

Things You Will Need

  • Stud finder
  • Tape measure
  • Pencil
  • Level
  • Straight edge
  • Sharp utility knife
  • Handsaw
  • 2-foot-by-4-foot lumber, 2-feet long
  • Scrap of sheetrock large enough for the opening
  • Drill
  • 1/8-inch drill bit
  • Screwdriver bit
  • Screws
  • Trim (optional)

Tip

  • Use trim that matches the trim in the room if you choose to install trim over the seams.

Warning

  • Always wear safety glasses or goggles while using power tools.

About the Author

Emily Patterson has been creating content for websites since 1996. She specializes in home improvement, natural body care and natural cleaning articles. Patterson holds a computing certificate from Penn State University.