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  1. Is Duct Cleaning Necessary?

    Don't assume that you need heating and cooling ducts cleaned unless you actually have excessive dust and debris or mold in them. Unless you have a problem, cleaning the ducts sis not likely to improve air quality.

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  1. Dry Clothes Faster with a Dryer Duct Booster

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    Clothes won't dry as fast if the exhaust duct is long or has lots of turns, but you can boost dryer performance considerably with a duct booster fan.

  2. Use an In-Line Fan to Vent Two Bathrooms

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    Venting two bathroom exhaust fans through one roof duct won’t work, sorry to say. But you can install one fan in your attic for both bathrooms, and make your bathroom quieter, too.

  3. Save Money by Insulating Crawl Space Ducts

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    Leaky, uninsulated ducts in crawlspaces and attics waste huge amounts of energy and money. Use duct wrap insulation for a quick fix with a big, immediate payoff.

  4. Round Ductwork Installation Tips

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    Round metal ductwork is versatile, long-lasting and easy to work with. Learn the best methods for cutting and installing it from a master tin bender.

  5. Plug Leaky Ducts

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    Sealing leaky joints in heating, ventilating and air conditioning ducts is a simple, cheap DIY project that can reduce your energy costs by hundreds of dollars a years.

  6. Home Repair: How to Flatten Basement Air Ducts to Gain Space

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    Install wider, flatter heating and cooling ducts (you can have them custom made) to increase headroom in your basement, especially when finishing the ceiling.

  7. Home Care Myths Busted!

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    Learn the truth about such common problems as mold, mice, ducts , stucco cracks, electrical connections, galvanic corrosion, setback thermostats and lawn watering. You may be surprised by what our experts say about common myths and misconceptions.

  8. How Joists Work

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    Learn how to maintain floor strength when you have to cut or drill joists for ducts , pipes, cables or other modifications. Following the rules will keep your floors flat, strong and safe.

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Other Articles for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. Cleaning Air Ducts - What Would Bob Do? - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Dust is everywhere—even in your house's ductwork . But is it really necessary to clean out your air ducts ? Let's look at the pros and cons.

  2. Mini-Split Air Conditioners - Bob Vila Radio - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    If you’re in a house where installing central air would also mean installing ductwork , maybe you should think about a ductless mini-split system.

  3. Exposed Beams - 10 Unconventional Home Design Ideas - Bob Vila

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    FromBobVila.com

    Pipes. Beams. Ductwork . These things are generally hidden in our homes behind walls, in ceilings, and within soffits. Sometimes, however, it pays to leave some of these tubes, conduits, and structural elements exposed to serve as edgy decorative statements. Done right, this approach can lend an ...

  4. Go Ductless with a Mini-Split Heat Pump

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    FromBobVila.com

    Before we built a new home, I’d never heard of mini splits. What could they be, some kind of tiny frozen dessert or s...

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Other Videos for DIYers from Around the Web

  1. How to Sealing Duct Work Leaks

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    Learn how to sealing duct work leaks in this easy to follow, step by step instructional video.

  2. How to Control Temperature using Dampers in Duct Work

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    TFH Multi Playlist Videos

    Learn how to control temperature using dampers in duct work in this easy to follow, step by step instructional video.

  3. Seal the Envelope: Conserve Energy by Insulating Your Home

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    Our GreenBuilding Edition series kicks off with plenty of good reasons to keep heated or cooled air from escaping outdoors...and your energy dollars from escaping from your wallet. A typical home can leak 40 percent of its internal air, but careful inspection and a good caulk gun can save homeowners some serious money.

  4. How to Get the Most Out Of Central Air-Conditioning

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    Lower your A/C bills by making sure your system is operating at peak efficiency.

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Blog Posts

  1. New Drywall and Ductwork Blades for Your SAWZALL

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    FromCharles and Hudson

    Milwaukee Tool just introduced two new job specific blades for the SAWZALL. The Ductwork SAWZALL blade and the Drywall SAWZALL blade. Each blade has been designed and tested to to eliminate specific user frustrations when working with those types of materials and applications. The Drywall Access ...

  2. How to Build A Soffit Around Ductwork

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

    Building Soffits To Hide HVAC And Other Ceiling Obstructions: Learning how to build a soffit around ductwork is not a difficult process and there are many ways to do it. Some ways are better than... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  3. Open Wall Cabinet - 36" Wide x 30" Tall

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    FromAna-White.com

    DIY Kitchen wall cabinet plans by ana-white.com Follow Ana on Pinterest! About Project Author Notes:  It took great thought, time and careful planning to build this here cabinet. Yes, we sure did spend hours considering exactly how "off" we should build the face frame from the carcass.  Not only is the carcass several inches too tall, the face frame is an extra inch wide.   Many hours.  Of careful planning. To get this cabinet built just right. And we are so proud of it! Here's why.  In the corner of this kitchen, there is a return air duct smack dab where the top of the kitchen cabinet would go.   We'd have to move the air duct to fit a cabinet in there that matched the rest of the cabinets. Or we'd have to build a wonky cabinet around the air duct . If it's a choice of doing drywall or making sawdust, well, that's a no brainer. We'll take the sawdust. So we decided to make the carcass of the cabinet as tall as the ceiling height to allow the air duct to fit inside the cabinet, BUT keep the face frame the same height as the neighboring cabinets for consistency.  Since this cabinet is in a corner, we also used a 1x3 at the left edge to tie into the neighboring cabinet at 90 degrees. We cut a hole out in the back of the cabinet for the air duct , and hung the cabinet. Then we blocked on top of the cabinet with 3/4" material (in the open space above the face frame) And also added blocking for all the other cabinets to support our crown moulding (it's not actually crown, it's the same stuff we used for our window and door headers , flat on the back side). Then we just cut the crown and fit it, Nailed it up, And you'd never know that this cabinet actually at one point looked like we'd forgotten how to read a tape measure. I'm sharing with you the plans for an open 36" wall cabinet below, but just in case you find yourself in a corner with a duct in the way, here's the mods we made: Enjoy the plans following! XO  Ana + Family Materials and Tools Shopping List:  3/4" plywood (18 linear feet) ripped into depth of cabinet (we did 10-1/4" but you can choose any width just make sure the width is consistent from cabinet to cabinet) 1/2 sheet of 1/4" plywood scrap plywood piece for top support/hanging cabinet 3 feet of 1x3s 8 feet of 1x2s 1-1/4" nails for attaching face frame (unless you use pocket holes) or fixed shelves 3/4" nails for attaching back Glue 1-1/4" pocket holes for building and attaching frame shelf pins if you use adjustable shelves edge banding for front edges of shelves Tools:  measuring tape square pencil safety glasses hearing protection Kreg Jig™ drill compound miter saw table saw nailer Cut List Cut List:  2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" (or your rip width) x 30" (sides) 2 - 3/4" plywood @ 10-1/4" (or your rip width) x 34" (top and bottom) 1 - 3/4" plywood or 1x4 @ 34" (can be different width, this piece is just used for hanging on wall) 1 - 1/4" plywood 30" x 35-1/2" (back) FACE FRAME 1 - 1x3 @ 36" 1- 1x2 @ 36" 2 - 1x2 @ 26" SHELVES Fixed with front edgebanding - cut 36" long and trim front edge back 1/8" for edge banding Adjustable with front edgebanding - cut 35-3/4" long and trim front edge back 1/8" for edge banding Step 1 Build your carcass by attaching top and bottom to sides. Remember to keep all pocket holes on outsides - the neighboring cabinets or end panels will finish out outsides when you install your kitchen. TIP: Drill 3/4" pocket holes facing forward along all top, bottom and side edges for attaching face frame in later steps. Step 2 You'll need something for hanging the cabinet on the wall. We use scraps from the carcass plywood (but you could use a 1x4 here too) attached from the back with pocket holes. Step 3 Attach back with nails and glue. We use 3/4" nails. Step 4 Build the face frame first with 3/4" pocket holes and 1-1/4" pocket hole screws, then attach through the pocket holes you drilled in step 1 with 1-1/4" pocket hole screws. The face frame will overhang the sides by 1/4", but is flush to top and bottom of sides. Step 5 For fixed shelves, nail or staple in place from outsides (don't do pocket holes, they will be visible from underneath). For adjustable shelves, drill shelf pin holes. The shelves should be cut to width for fixed shelves, but trim off 1/8" on front for edgebanding and apply the edge banding. For adjustable shelves, trim off 1/4" in overall length so the shelves are easy to place inside, and 1/8" on front edge for edge banding. Apply edge banding to front of shelves. Step 6 Hang cabinet through top back support to studs in walls. Finishing Instructions Preparation Instructions:  Fill all holes with wood filler and let dry. Apply additional coats of wood filler as needed. When wood filler is completely dry, sand the project in the direction of the wood grain with 120 grit sandpaper. Vacuum sanded project to remove sanding residue. Remove all sanding residue on work surfaces as well. Wipe project clean with damp cloth. It is always recommended to apply a test coat on a hidden area or scrap piece to ensure color evenness and adhesion. Use primer or wood conditioner as needed.

  4. How To Protect Vents From Remodeling Dust

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

    Keeping Constructions Dust Out Of Heating and Cooling Vents Construction or remodeling dust can be an issue on the jobsite and can wreak havok on HVAC duct system and furnace.  This article will... [[ This is a content summary only. Visit my website for full links, other content, and more! ]]

  5. Beat the Heat and Cut Cooling Costs

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    FromDIY Advice Blog

    Ten years ago, I installed central air conditioning in my old house, but the south bedrooms were still too steamy. I thought about reworking the duct system to pump in more cold air, but tried something simpler first: I built these simple shutters to...( read more )

  6. Preventing Dryer Vent Fires

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    FromA Concord Carpenter

     

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