Box around pipes

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user1465146157 Fri 21-Aug-20 07:51:22

We asked our builder to create a box to go under our boiler as there are a lot of unsightly pipes on show.

He's made one but siliconed around it so now the boiler isn't accessible from underneath - he's saying it should be okay as you only have to access once a year, and when we do we just have to cut the silicone and re-silicone ourselves after a boiler check?!

There's no way I want to do that - silicone every time! Plus it's more than once a year if say the pressure drops or there's an emergency.

Posting here to see if anyone thinks I'm in the wrong? I don't think I am.

I know he doesn't want to cut the silicone off as it won't look as good. I just need it to be workable. It would then just be a moveable cover which I can live with.

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GolightlyMrsGolightly Fri 21-Aug-20 07:55:58

That sounds rubbish. Ours was in a cupboard that was built out so the who,e boiler and pipes encased.

MarieG10 Fri 21-Aug-20 07:56:52

What sort of plumber is he? Sounds like an idiot. You will need access without cutting out silicone. Besides that you won't cut all the silicon away without using a remover which is a pain.

Porridgeoat Fri 21-Aug-20 07:57:27

Ask him to find a different solution as you want something simpler

SirSamuelVimesBlackboardMonito Fri 21-Aug-20 07:58:38

That's a shit solution. Tell him you're not accepting it.

Wingedharpy Fri 21-Aug-20 12:53:38

Op, go to and search for boiler pipe casing.
They are made for what you want and can be fixed in place with screws or free standing, depending on your pipework location.
Re-siliconing every x months is NOT a practical suggestion.

P.S. I haven't used the above products but know about them as I have the same issue .

user1465146157 Sat 22-Aug-20 11:04:44

Thank you so much for all replies!

I got him to cut it out in the end and just leave it so I can at least move it if we need to.

He was really hesitant as if I was making a fuss, I don't understand why?

@Wingedharpy thanks for the link I should have looked for that before!!

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