James McCutcheon

How hard can it be to put in a VENT?

First of all, if you haven’t been to the page about redoing the ceiling, check that out now. It helps put this in context.

After finishing the suspended ceiling, there were some relatively minor things to finish. The vent which used to supply air to the room had been closed off by a high-tech blockage device after ripping out the old ceiling by the bathroom.

Yes, that’s a Toucam camera box. Look familiar, Mom?

However, Bill and I soon realized that there was a problem with this setup. There was no return vent to pull the air out of the room and back into the system. So to do it right, we had to add a new vent. So we found where the return duct was at the other end of the room, and determined what panel to put the return vent through.

We started by cutting a hole in the main return duct. We used 6 flexible ductwork so connect the ducts to the vents, so we had to cut a similarly sized hole. We didn’t cut it big enough at first so we enlarged it by cutting tabs in the duct itself and folding them back.

Once the hole was large enough, we attached the starting collar.

After it was secured to the duct, we put foil tape around the opening on both sides. Apparently duct tape doesn’t work as well, despite its name.

Next we attached the flexible ductwork. This is basically dryer vent with fiberglass insulation surrounded by a plastic bag. We didn’t need a whole lot of it because the space between the duct and the ceiling was about a foot.

We then add the register which will eventually sit on top of the panel.

We attached joints the side of the register and attached the grill to make sure it would sit close to right.

Next we had to suspend it from the ceiling, since the panel was not strong enough to hold it up. So I attached some wire to the screws the joints were attached to, and then attached these to the ceiling. We decided to use four wires to make two V’s since we couldn’t attach it directly above (since the duct was there).

Finally we attached the register to the register through the panel. As you can see, it turned out pretty well.

Now, back to the supply duct. Remember this?

When there was no return vent having the supply vent here was fine because air would just blow throughout the room. However, now that the air had somewhere to go, this vent would cause the air to completely miss the bathroom/walk-in closet. So we would have to redirect the air supply somewhere else. After considering a number of options, we settled on wall in the bathroom itself.

We wanted to put the vent up against the outside wall so the air flow would be from one end of the room to the other, but then we looked behind the wall and saw that the two feet closest to the end had water (bronze) and power (silver) running through it, so we decided to move one panel over.

This had to connect back to the main supply duct. Since the duct was only an inch above the new ceiling panel, we would have to cut a new hole in the side of the duct to supply air to this new vent.

We finalized where would place the vent, and Bill went to work tearing a hole in the wall.

While he was doing that, I started work on the other end. After expressing my artistic talent by taping off the sharp edges of the existing vent with multicolored electrical tape, I planned and started cutting out the new hole where the flexible conduit would be attached to the main air supply. In this case I was glad to be working on this piece because all the while I was working, I had a nice air-conditioned breeze washing over me.

Bill was making progress on the vent, and eventually managed to cut a hole that would perfectly fit.

Then we snaked the flexible conduit through the ceiling above the walk-in closet from where the grille would be.

. out to the main supply duct. It kind of looks like an elephant trunk, doesn’t it?

We attached the flexible tubing to a starter collar like we did with the return vent, and attached it to the supply duct.

Finally we secured the flexible duct to the main supply duct, and covered the previous hole in the duct with the panel cut out to make room for the return vent. It worked out almost exactly to the correct dimensions.

We replaced the panels and.

Before

After

This took Bill and I about four hours to complete and cost about $60 in supplies.

There are still more projects to do before the room is finished, so check back!


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