Jun 13, 2020 3:00 pm
I've recently replaced my ancient hot water heater with an external model, but now have a giant hole in my kitchen wall. I'm not looking to fully renovate for another few years, but need to find a solution for the next 1-2 years (thinking about renting the place out).
How have people dealt with this kind of thing in the past? Should I just patch it up, or is there something cool I can put in?
Thanks in advance!
Re: Hole in kitchen wall - ideas needed!2
Jun 13, 2020 3:55 pm
It looks like there is a valve in there attached to the new plumbing. Do you need to be able to access it or can you get at it from the outside?
The simplest thing to do is just fix a piece of MDF over the hole and paint it. You'd just need to recess the back of the board where it sits over the tiles.
If you are going to reno the kitchen I'd just do the basic in the short term. Otherwise you could put in an additional overhead that fills between the existing one and the wall.
Re: Hole in kitchen wall - ideas needed!4
Jun 13, 2020 9:29 pm
The only issue with fibre cement is that whatever you install is going to have to sit over the tiles. FC board will have a gap behind where it sits over the tiles.
If you use some MDF you can recess the back of the board where it sits over the tiles so it gives a nice tight fit.
MDF will also give you a much better paint finish.
Re: Hole in kitchen wall - ideas needed!7
Jun 13, 2020 10:32 pm
Thanks for the quick advice. Really really helpful. Would you recommend using something like selleys filler around the edges for a smooth finish?
Just butt the one side against the corner wall and overlap 50mm top and other side. Along the bottom I'd just cover the actual hole without much overlap just so you don't have to house out as much in the recess.
Just screw and plug it to the wall and then gap fill with no more gaps around the edge so it's sealed up to prevent any creepy crawlies come in.
Re: Hole in kitchen wall - ideas needed!8
Jun 13, 2020 10:45 pm
alexp79 ideally I'd replace the tiles (I've been able to paint match pretty well with some ceramic tile paint) and have the MDF / FC board sitting above them.
Do you think I'd need more than 3mm MDF? Trying to make sure I don't have too much jutting out from the wall so it looks neat for tenants coming in.
Re: Hole in kitchen wall - ideas needed!9
Jun 13, 2020 11:05 pm
Because of the way the plumbing has been run you will find it very hard to effect any flush finish.
If you want to, you will need to frame or trim out the opening and then sheet it flush and then flush coat it in.
Because of the tiles you will have to try and cut out the broken tile and put in something to level it up.
To get a semi decent finish will cost you a decent amount.
If you are going to renovate just neaten it up with a cover, you could always make the cover a small shelving unit.
Re: Hole in kitchen wall - ideas needed!10
Jun 13, 2020 11:21 pm
chippy thanks for the advice - really appreciate it. I think you're right that a neat cover will work for now, and I can fix it up properly once the renovations are done. Helped me avoid an absolute nightmare of a filler job!
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