08 31 00 Access Doors and Panels

08 31 00 Access Doors and Panels

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8.5" x 11"


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Access Doors and Panels

Use this CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification to specify hinged steel access doors and panels for interior and exterior locations.


Hinged steel access doors and panels are used to provide access to concealed components that require routine maintenance, such as valves.


Access doors and panels may be used for interior or exterior locations and are available fire-rated for use in fire-rated assemblies.


Stainless steel and aluminum doors are not included in this section but may be added.


Aluminum, galvanized steel, or stainless steel should be used for exterior doors and doors in damp locations.


Exterior doors may be insulated, are typically gasketed to minimize water infiltration, and should be lockable.


Related CSI 3 part SimpleSpecs™ master specification:

08 31 26 – Floor Access Doors 



Access Doors and Panels






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