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Can I put a “U” turn in my range hood exhaust duct?

In the photo below The red arrow represents the direction of the exhaust, as you can see there is a load bearing joist in the middle which I can't cut. I'm planning to build a recessed ceiling on that ...
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Can I install a duct sleeve to eliminate HVAC leaking air between floors?

I have one 2nd floor bedroom that gets very little forced air A/C and heat. You barely feel the forced air coming out of the baseboard vent. I've already spent hours of running snake lines and a ...
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Ventilating a cat box through the dryer exhaust duct

I have a small closet that doubles as a laundry room, with a stacked washer and dryer. It's also where I keep my cat's litter box. It occurred to me that I could probably reduce the odor of the litter ...
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Rerouting return air duct in furdown

So I ran into this issue that seems quite gross that it was located inside the furdown in the bathroom, which was becoming layered in gross dust, hair and crap that gets sucked up. We removed it as ...
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Dryer vent through band joist between 1st and 2nd floor

My washer and dryer are located on the second floor of a two floor townhouse with crawlspace foundation. It's basically a closet that fits the two machines only, with very limited space front to back (...
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Can a single 8“ flex duct be split into a 5” flex and 7" flex?

Our house used to have a fur-down A/C unit that fed a series of rigid ducts made with duct board. We'd like to replace a vent in our bathroom (5' x 11') with a 5" flex duct. We'd like to ...
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Can I use 8" flex duct on a 7 inch rigid duct connection?

I am moving ducting three studs down, so I need to extend an insulated 7” flex pipe run that bridges a 7” elbow with a 7” floor register duct. 7” flex is hard to find locally but I have plenty of 8” ...
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replacing ductwork in a mobile home with round duct?

I know that most mobile homes use a single trunk duct that is 14" x 4" and all use a special furnace due to that size being used. , how easy is that to replace? I found out most of my duct ...
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How often should ducts / furnaces be cleaned?

Asking for a house with a dog located in Canada but any general answers would be welcomed.
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How do I fix this 30 ft (9 m) dryer vent abomination?

The previous owner left a bit of a headache with the dryer venting setup. Context: This is a gas dryer The living room is behind the right hand side wall, so that's a no-go as far as drilling The ...
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Sound proofing a panned floor joist return run (basement apartment)

I'm building a basement rental unit in our home. We'll be living upstairs so I'm doing my best to sound separate the upper and lower units. I'm using a seperate hvac system for the basement (baseboard ...
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Blank Wood Duct Caps (for closed off ducts in floor)

We had our crawl space forced air furnace with floor ducts (bad idea to put a furnace in a 3-4 foot crawl space) decommissioned and replaced with attic furnace with wall / ceiling ducts. Now we have ...
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Gas Combustion Air Duct Re-Route Considerations

What are the safety/legal considerations for safely re-routing gas combustion ducts? I have a two-story house with two gas combustion air ducts. The left duct serves a fireplace that is not in use and ...
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What are these lines called (on an air duct end) and how do you rebuild them if you cut the end of the duct?

I need to cut the end of the pipe and connect a 4" 90 elbow there How do you rebuild those ? In my case I am cutting short a ceiling pipe that ends like that and I need to connect there an elbow ...
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How can I route a 4" duct through a partition wall framed with 2x4s?

In the last picture I am moving a register (1) to (2). The left side of the picture shows where the 4" duct is sitting at the top of the wall (running across the joists). This is a bathroom. I ...
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Should I move an HVAC vent to the ceiling or on the opposite interior wall?

The below picture shows the current position of the vent (the white area over the sink). The blue patch above the toilet is a small window. The plan is to relocate the bath tub and position it along ...
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How to calculate whether it's worth turning on a fan to bring warmer air to a heat pump hot water heater?

I have 4 new Rheem 50 gal heat pump hot water heaters being installed in the basement of my home/multiunit property that is a 4-unit building (one heater per apartment). Generally speaking, the attic ...
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Open duct found in ceiling

I cut a hole in a basement ceiling drywall and found an open duct at the end of the span between the joists (see photo). I'm sure this isn't good for the efficiency of the hvac system. What are the ...
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Encountered two different kinds of dryer tape (metallic silver plastic vs actual foil)?

Up until now, I thought dryer tape and foil tape were the same thing. So when I bought the first roll I didn't think too much of it. The first roll I bought was looked like silvery metallic coloured ...
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Can this stack air duct be removed to tear down small wall?

I have an appointment with the HVAC supply business that installed the furnace 2 years ago but it is months away. My question is can I remove this wall to make my shower bigger? Through research I ...
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Is there such thing as secondary lint traps for rectangular dryer ducts? [closed]

I have been searching online for a couple weeks now without any luck. There are plenty of secondary lint traps that install along a run of standard 4” rigid metal duct. I’m looking for a secondary ...
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Help reroute cold air return

I am working on opening up space between my lobby (on the right side of the wall) and the dining room area (on the left side of the wall). The section of the wall that is used as cold air return ducts ...
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Can someone identify this HVAC duct component?

Getting ready to redo duct insulation. On supply ducts off the trunk there are some sort of valve-like devices teed into the duct and oriented to point down. Same diameter as the duct. Butterfly ...
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Bath exhaust fan issue

We closed on this new construction townhome in January 2014. 6 1/2 years later, cleaning the Panasonic exhaust fans in all 4 bathrooms, to my astonishment, basement bathroom fan has no ductwork. Fan ...
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Type of insulation for flexible aluminum duct?

I’m replacing an undersized bathroom exhaust fan with a larger one that has a higher CFM. When switching the fan out, I want to add insulation to the flexible aluminum duct that goes from the fan to ...
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Sharing kitchen hood and kitchen ventilation through one duct

My kitchen currently does not have a kitchen hood, so I'm planning to install it. At the moment there is a ventilation duct, my idea is to connect the hood pipe to the ventilation pipe in the drop ...
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Is Complete Ductwork Required to Start the Condensor?

I'm in the middle of rebuilding my entire AC system. I've got one 14" return and two 8" supplies hooked up to the blower (on a 2 ton system). I plan to add much more, but for now I want to ...
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Use a concrete core drill (6") on plaster lath?

I'm installing a range hood vent through a double brick wall, so I need to rent a core drill and 6" core bit. Would it be possible/advisable to use the same bit to cut through the plaster and lath (...
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Range Hood Ductwork, ceiling to roof offset issues

I'm installing a new chimney style hood, with a 6" exhaust that vents through the ceiling. The fan I'm replacing has an 8" pipe, which vents out of the roof of the house. The issue that I'm having is ...
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How can I remove a mouse stuck in the air duct above a kitchen exhaust fan with built-in microwave?

Last night I heard noises in the cabinet above the microwave. There was nothing there but I heard squeaking and movement from the lower part of the metal air duct in the center of the cabinet. I am ...
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Flex-duct as a Trunk?

From my A/C supply plenum, I will have a trunk (approx 20ft straight run) with 3 branches coming off (each about 2 ft runs). This 20ft straight run would be perfect for a large flexible duct, and ...
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Side effects of wire mesh inside vent covers

I am considering tacking wire mesh (such as from a window screen) onto the inside of my indoor furnace/AC duct vents as well as the outdoor intake vents, for pest control. I know doing it inside the ...
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CFM ratings of inline duct fans far exceed the ratings for their intended duct sizes. What are we to make of this when designing a system?

My garage is 25×29' with 10' ceilings, so 7250 cf. I'm hoping to be able to turn over the air every 3 minutes or so, so aiming at using 2 fans rated at a total of 2400cfm. The fans I'd like to use ...
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Replacing flexible.duct work on AC unit

I purchased the correct size flexible duct for the air supply, but was unaware that the return side is 2 inches bigger. Since I am unable to purchase the bigger size until next week, is it safe to run ...
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Bathroom fan duct connection for maintainability

There are many questions on here about installing duct work for bathroom fans, but I have a more specific question. I am planning to use rigid duct for a new bathroom fan where there was none ...
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Do my HVAC ducts need to hang away from floor joists?

I have a basement that I would like to finish and install a drywall ceiling. And I would like that ceiling to hide the HVAC vents. However, the vents already just (by an inch or so) go over my head. ...
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Drafts coming from all floor Heating system ducts. Gaps between sheetmetal and floor have been sealed

I had my heating system, crawl space furnace and leaky poorly insulated sheet metal duct work, replaced a couple years ago with a 96% efficient system. The system was independently tested and ...
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Bathroom exhaust fan without duct

I just found out that our bathroom exhaust fan has no duct attached to it. Our current fan is Panasonic FV-08VQ2 (90 CFM, 4" duct diameter). The fan just blows the air to the inaccessible attic. There ...
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Can I reduce the floor register boot size in my old house?

I am replacing the subfloor in my turn of the century house. After ripping up the old floor, I realized that the floor register boots are huge compared to the size of the supply ducts. For example, ...
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Do I need ductwork for a through-wall exhaust fan?

We have a small wine fridge beneath our counter that was having temperature problems because there was no ventilation to allow the heat to exhaust. The other side of the wall behind the fridge is a ...
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Water Heater Exhaust - how to connect the 3 inch hood to four inch exhaust pipe

I'm working on this gas water heater with 3" hood almost attached to an elbow that reduces from a 4" exhaust flue. This was only attached by a lot of aluminum tape. The problem is that the ends of ...
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Sewage smell from kitchen sink area

(An update is below the pictures.) We just moved to our house in November and had to buy a new dishwasher. We had installers install it for us. A couple of months ago, we started noticing a bad odor ...
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How to accurately measure CFM with Digital Anemometer and Duct

We bought a digital anemometer to check the CFM of various fans we have on hand. My husband designed and 3D Printed this duct that securely mounts fans on to the anemometer for accurate readings, ...
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Re-purpose old water heater vent for bathroom exhaust fans

We just had our old gas water heater replaced with a tankless unit, so the vent for the old tank is now unused. I'd like to install exhaust fans in our 2 small bathrooms, and ideally use the old vent ...
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Can range hood venting ductwork be hidden behind crown molding?

Installing a range hood in older home going out the side wall. Am I correct in thinking that the duct-work can be hidden behind the crown molding? (is realistic?) Does the duct-work contain itself?...
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Venting Range Hood into Attic Space, Temporarily

My ductless recirculating range hood broke, and I have to install the replacement. I love to cook, so I'm installing a roof vent for a ducted hood. The range hood I bought has good filtering for ...
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What should I do with the airflow in a sealed off conditioned crawlspace

First and foremost thanks ahead of time for everyone's help :) I am in the process of finishing my basement and had some questions/concerns about "what to do with the air" in my crawlspace. ...
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What is the difference between these air ducts?

I'm fitting a portable AC into my workshop to take the edge off summer temperatures. For convenience, to make sure it works before bashing a hole in a brick wall, and to confirm it will help, I am ...
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Seal old ductboard from inside with duct mastic?

For the next few days, I have what appears to be an opportunity to easily and cheaply make a small improvement to the overall airtightness (or nearly complete lack thereof) of my house's 40 year old ...
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How large should a return HVAC duct be relative to the size of the supply?

I have a 4 ton American Standard electric forced air furnace (with no A/C - just heat) with a single speed blower motor, circa 2006. My supply main trunk is 12"x20". The return side of the system ...

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