"What Service Hatch?"

A system for creating concealed access panels in tiled walls worked so well on the front of a Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, that when the tiling installer had finished, the partner of his client didn't even know it had been fitted.

Paul Coyle, a tiler with 15 year's experience, based in County Durham recommended the Schlüter-REMA system to his client, after taking part in a training session on Schlüter's tile protection systems, where he learned about its simplicity and effectiveness.

Paul's client, Mark Pearson, a joiner specialising in staircases, doors and flooring, was extending his house by building a pair of en-suite bathrooms, featuring a sound system and flat screen television, along with an integrated Jacuzzi whirlpool bath, toilet and basin, made out of 16mm polished limestone.

To help keep the aesthetics of the room from being spoilt by an obvious essential access hatch, Paul turned to Schlüter-REMA.

Paul said: "Mark had originally felt the only way he could have an access panel was to have four or more screws with, at best, plastic chrome effect covers. However, with using Schlüter-REMA, the result is a totally concealed working service hatch, much to Mark's delight."

Consisting of a set of magnets and counter plates, Schlüter-REMA is the ideal system for concealing access panels for many types of electrical and plumbing systems. It works by fixing aluminium brackets containing the magnets, into the tiled wall at the perimeter of the opening, and adhering the counterplates to the back of the tiled panel cover.

By sealing the surrounding joint with a colour co-ordinated sealing compound, the system allows the tiled surface to appear unbroken, while still keeping electronics or plumbing components within easy access.

Paul said: "When I'd finished grouting the walls and floor, and told Mark's partner, Karen, about the service hatch for the Jacuzzi, she replied: 'What service hatch?' it was totally invisible to her."

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