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I recently bought a house and the basement was newly renovated.

The furnace and air exchangers have vents all along the ceiling of the basement suite. However the vent covers have a tendency to fall off the ceiling and onto the floor. Is there a good way to attach them to the ceiling?

The vent covers are similar to this

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If you want to keep the existing registers you have, the easiest thing to do is to modify it so it can be secured to the ceiling. Drill a hole in either side of the register, and then put the register up in the ceiling and mark the holes with a pencil. Remove the register, drill holes at the marked locations, install drywall anchors, and then screw the register in place.

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I think I'm going to do it this way. I have 5 of them and I think they will do the job if they would only stay in place. – Biff MaGriff May 14 '12 at 16:31

You have the wrong register cover for a ceiling. The one you have is a floor register, it just sits in place. You need a register like this one that screws into the ceiling. enter image description here

This will also distribute the heat more evenly.

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