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Wooden ductwork ok for kitchen vent?

We have a cabinet mounted microwave that acts as the vent for our stove. The old external vent cover let rain in to the microwave so we replaced both. We hired a handyman to mount a new microwave, ...
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Spending $$$ on energy efficiency heatpump attached to old ductwork? Smart? [closed]

My 20 year old heat pump gave up the ghost. With summer here, I need something soon. I've had companies give me bids over the weekend, both with great reviews on yelp and Google. Guy #1 was selling me ...
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how to connect misaligned range hood and elbow?

My range hood is misaligned from the elbow by 1.5". Is that too large a gap for flexible duct? THis is an 8" hood. I would like to avoid flexible duct since it traps grease and is ...
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Bent ductwork at vent?

Am I looking at ducting that’s folded back into the vent in this picture? There was a return register before that just sat on top, and I went to replace it with an adjustable register but since it has ...
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Tapping into existing flex duct -- bad idea?

This is in an old house with retro-fitted attic large HVAC system. It looks like the HVAC installers just skipped over connecting an existing 4" bathroom line for some reason. The bathroom has no ...
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Is an HVAC Muffler/Silencer on Direct Vent Water Heater safe or appropriate?

I have a direct vent hot water heater and it makes a good amount of noise near it and also to the upper levels since it is in an unfinished room in the basement and the floor trusses above allow for a ...
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How can I connect my dryer to this misplaced wall box?

Home builder seems to have put this pipe too close to the wall, so it is making things very difficult to get anything connected to it in order to exhaust properly. It originally had this dryer elbow ...
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New HVAC install, wrong size media filter?

The 20x20inch media filter doesn't seem to be the right size between the return plenum and the blower box. I am worried I am not getting the optimal airflow from return to supply. If its not would be ...
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spray foamed attic floor now replacing flex duct

The duct work in our attic needs to be replaced. When the house was built 20 years ago the attic floor was spray foamed. The flex duct work now needs to be replaced what is the best solution. Should ...
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How bad is this bathroom fan duct setup?

Bought a house about 9 months ago. Largely been good, but we've been having issues with the bathroom ventilation fan dripping moisture back down after longer/hotter showers, and generally not doing a ...
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Attic flex run residential

Can I replace three 6” flex duct runs about 5ft long in two bedrooms, and one 10ft run on the third 3 bedroom (3 bedroom, 2 bath house). This is toward the opposite side of the fan end of the run. ...
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How to add duct to return

Currently renovating 1920 house. Took down this wall and noticed this was or is the supply return for upstairs. What bothers me is there’s no duct connecting to the vent. I do feel air being sucked ...
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how should I mount this air handler?

I'm installing a new 3-ton heat pump and am trying to plan the crawlspace installation of the indoor unit (1200cfm air handler with heat strips) and its connection to the existing ductwork. These ...
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Help identifying wall cap/plug underneath faux fireplace

Background I have an old home from the 1920's. It has a faux fireplace w/ no attached chimney. It appears to be originally added when house was built. There's a 4" galvanized metal cap on the ...
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Should my bathroom vent duct go out the gable, 4ft from two other vents?

My bathroom fan seems to work OK but every few months we get black specks of mold forming on the ceiling. Both bathrooms in this house have 'popcorn' plaster ceilings, which seems crazy but is how it ...
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furnance vent flue proper attachment

I had a code inspector let me know that my HVAC furnace flue is not properly attached. I have looked all over the internet and i think its a new code requirement in my area in the past few decades (...
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Where should I install duct take-offs on a return plenum box?

I have a 5-ton system. My goal is to add an 8" return duct to a 15x9 guest room that has an 8" supply but no return air. When I went up to the attic to review my options, I saw that the ...
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Who can diagnose and adjust automatic dampers?

I am trying to find the right person to diagnose and troubleshoot imbalanced zones and automatic dampers, but haven't been able to find anyone that seems experienced. Either the HVAC technicians seem ...
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How often do dryers need to be cleaned out?

Of course I'm aware that the duct/vent should be cleaned, but I'm talking about partially disassembling the dryer itself and cleaning inside of it. In general, is this an item that should be on my ...
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Several furnace vent returns, but only one filter?

I have a 1980's construction house. It has a heating furnace in the attic that uses ducts to distribute the hot air to each room in the house. Recently, I bought air purifiers and I noticed that when ...
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Replacing multiple 6” flexible ducts with rigid

I’m cleaning up ductwork in my basement and want to replace the runs of flexible duct with rigid. Current There is a group of 3 duct runs (6” uninsulated flexible round) that all have very close ...
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How to make ceiling vent go around ceiling beam?

I discovered my house kitchen vent doesn't actually vent anywhere. Since I cook a lot of Chinese food, it means the air is always oily. I bought a brand new high-powered ceiling fan, pulled out the ...
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Route return air duct through attic or pantry

I’m looking to get feedback about my options to remediate uneven heating/cooling and poor airflow for two of our bedrooms. Any help or ideas are much appreciated. I'll do my best to provide as much ...
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Can I reduce the size of my baseboard diffusers?

We are going through a home remodel. I want to replace our baseboard diffusers because I feel they are too big for the vent. The size of them are 25inches. The dimensions of the vent are 12 Length x 2....
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Two flex ducts connected to metal trunk duct?

Trailer from the 70th. Metal square trunk duct ( 58') runs underneath, no branches. There were two flex ducts connected to the trunk duct, to the left and right of AC unit. Connected with a splitter ...
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Connecting 10"x3.25" rectangular duct in wall cavity

I'm trying to run a few heat ducts in my basement with 10"x3.25" rectangular duct in the 2x4 framed walls to bring the heat down to the floor. I'm using S cleats on the long edges and drive ...
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How to effectively waterproof an exterior vent cap?

This is a follow-up to my other question. My house has a wood frame and vinyl siding. Installer came out to do a range hood install and for the outdoor vent cap he just sealed it with silicone to the ...
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Would it work to have a pellet furnace with heat pump AC on same duct trunk?

Here is the idea. I would like to have my heat pump trunk tied to my new pellet furnace for effective heating throughout the house in the winter with a fraction of the energy usage. And then close off ...
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Can I increase CFM by combining two ducts into one?

From the plenum can I connect two 6" takeoffs into a single 8" with a Wye, then run 20 feet of 8" flex, then split again into two 6" via a Wye and go to to two separate rooms? Does ...
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How can I reconfigure a range hood duct to be centered on the wall?

I would really like to center a new 30” rangetop on our kitchen wall. The original cooktop was off-center to the right. After removing the cabinet doors over the cooktop I discovered that the range ...
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Adding return air vents in bedrooms to reduce return air noise and increase total return air capacity

I did my homework here the best I could and I hope someone can help by checking my work. In an attempt to make things as clear as possible, I made the following diagram. This is my existing system ...
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Dryer vent clogged flow sense

I had a dryer that I was using for awhile and it started taking forever for the clothes to finish drying, it felt super moist and warm inside the dryer. I preassumed the dryer was the issue, I ...
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My HVAC filter seems to lack sealing. Do I need to do anything about it?

I recently got a new heat pump installed. I realized that the filter is just slid in without any door or sealing, see here: I find this a bit odd because everything else (the ductwork incl the return ...
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Downsize Flex to Rigid Duct

I have the AC air handler in a pretty tight spot in my home. It's a bit hard to tell in the picture but main return for the system comes in a 12-inch flex duct and makes this tight S shape to connect ...
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How can I reduce range hood duct size for best performance?

I currently have a range that was hacked in terribly by a previous contractor with flex pipe. I want to replace it with rigid duct to make it quieter and increase performance too hopefully. The range ...
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Ductwork: redesign supply from flex to rigid

I’m in the midst of a project to make my basement space more usable, a big part of which will involve shuffling ductwork as it appears to have been installed (during the previous owner’s tenure) with ...
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How to reinforce around large HVAC opening in subfloor

The HVAC installer cut a large return grille for a pan return (I'm aware this is not ideal). I'm nervous about the floor/subfloor structure since it goes the long way (parallel to joists). How should ...
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Removing ice blockage between freezer and fridge in GE Monogram side-by-side

I have a GE Monogram Fridge/Freezer Model # ZIS42NYB, Serial # SV036084. It's about 25 years old and I'll probably replace it as money/time permits. HOWEVER, I'd like to have it limp along a little ...
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Closing my basement vent

I am in the process of setting up electric baseboard heaters in my basement and I have 3 vents that runs from my furnace. Can I block those vent ducts?
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Advice on over range microwave venting duct

We are replacing an old hood with an over range microwave where the circular vent hole is dead center in the cabinet above. The microwave we just purchased has the designated hole towards the back and ...
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Air exchanger "fresh air to house" wye - should I leave it open or closed?

Background Just bought a house with a passive air exchanger: no internal fans, just motorized dampers moving air with the furnace fan. We have a thermopump, electric furnace and whole house bypass ...
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Can the exhaust duct of an ERV vent *into* the garage?

I am looking to install an ERV in my house and am currently trying to determine good locations for the intake and exhaust vents. While I have identified other candidate locations for the exhaust vent, ...
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How to abandon under-slab ductwork?

Our sub-slab ductwork (sonotube and sheet metal, no transite) is in terrible condition, so were switching to mini splits. We need to figure out how to safely and effectively abandon the current system,...
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Basement wall framing - Attaching top plate with pipes in the way

I'm laying out framing for a basement wall and currently stuck on how to attach the top track. The problem is there is a good sized heat pipe running parallel between two joists (the other ductwork I'...
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Mini Split with Central AC

Is it possible/efficient to have One mini split unit in the living room and remove all the ducts in that room to then have the central AC only cool bedrooms?
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OTR Microwave vent through wall, but on bottom?

I was replacing my over-the-range microwave and discovered the location of the existing vent. The vent is straight out the exterior wall, but down towards the bottom mounting bracket… I can’t seem to ...
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How should I connect flexible plastic duct to a metal duct?

I have an insulated duct like this: https://www.homedepot.com/p/Master-Flow-4-in-x-12-ft-Insulated-Flexible-Duct-R6-Silver-Jacket-F6IFD4X144/203420974 The actual tube inside is some kind of plastic. ...
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A/C vent not connected to duct?

So I am in the process of doing a light reno to a bathroom in my 1954 ranch style home and I took off the a/c vent to wash it and/or buy a new one. To my surprise (okay not really surprise— there was ...
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Is it worth completely changing “acceptable” bath vent ducting to avoid reducing from 4” fan to 3” ducting? [closed]

I’m upgrading two adjacent small bathrooms with new exhaust fans. The existing ducts are 3” plastic/flexible. The builder has both 3” ducts terminating, side by side, out of a 5or6” roof vent. The new ...
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Can I reduce the size of my range hood duct without performance impact?

I'm installing a Zephyr Monsoon I (600 CFM) which has an 8" duct. The wall cap is 7" and instead of replacing the cap, I'm thinking of adding a reducer just before the wall cap from 8" ...
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