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Old 01-15-2010, 08:04 AM   #16
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I plan on going to Home Depot during my lunch break. Here are the items that I am going to pick up. Please let me know if I am missing anything.

- Joint compound
- Drywall tape
- Register boot
- Register overhead panel
- New base moulding

I should mention that I have extra drywall at home.

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Old 01-15-2010, 08:10 AM   #17
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Also, I was going to pick up a new circular saw blade to cut straight across the drywall or should I just use the current one that I have? Drywall isn't that hard. The one I have now might be 18 or 24 tooth. I forget.
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Old 01-15-2010, 08:59 AM   #18
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A circular saw will make a LOT of dust and leave a very ragged edge to tape your new drywall to.Not to mention nicking electrical wires.Just use a razer knife and a straight edge and cut all the way through the existing drywall.Might take several passes with the knife.
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Old 01-15-2010, 09:02 AM   #19
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Some areas of the drywall where I plan to cut across horizontally has plaster over it. About 1/8" thick. I guess I will have to buy a better quality razer knife. Don't want to deal with the dust.
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Old 01-15-2010, 11:37 AM   #20
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[quote=GBR in WA;383043]I'd get a pro HVAC guy in there to fix your transition from round pipe to register boot. It appears to be a large void next to it that would feed cold air in from the basement/crawl that would severely temper the air supplied from the furnace. He would also know the size of register to maintain your balanced system.

I would try to fashion transition myself rather than pay someone to snip tin. I would also clean up the space and add the decorative register for sure--nice touch!

However, what's with the outlet and the pho/data jack on the floor-is that code? Eye sore!! Whetether or not IMHO its unsightly and needs some attention. Why not take extra steps to move up behind the behemoth screen?

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Old 01-15-2010, 01:03 PM   #21
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So I got everything I needed at HD. I bought a new boot register along with a 90 degree elbow transition.

My plan of attack is to cut out drywall a little past the studs on both sides.

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However, what's with the outlet and the pho/data jack on the floor-is that code? Eye sore!! Whetether or not IMHO its unsightly and needs some attention. Why not take extra steps to move up behind the behemoth screen?

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Definite eye sore! It was like that when I bought the house. I plan on definitely cleaning that up!

There is a jack behind the TV on the other side of the wall. I run my wires through to the other side with a cable management plate.
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You will want to cut your drywall down the centre of the stud so that you can screw the existing and the new tight together.By plaster did you mean lathe and plaster or drywall mud?Dried mud will cut with a knife.Once the drywall is off you could use a chisel on any lathe and plaster in behind.You would then have to shim the studs to get your new patch to the same height as the existing.Or maybe some 5/8 ceiling board.

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Ok, making some progress and isn't hard at all up to this point. I'm thinking cutting the drywall will be the biggest pain.

Also, I covered the black/white separately with wire nuts. I know this may not be code, but is this safe to do or will it spontaneously combust when I turn the breaker back on?

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The vent is right there so I just need one more elbow extension and I should be good to go.







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Also the studs are right at the left and right of the hole. 16" inches apart. Are all the studs 16" apart throughout the whole house? Just do that I know where to cut the drywall.
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llckll - technically speaking you cannot just wirenut those wires and leave them loose in the wall (makes for an ugly surprise for the next HOer, or for you in a few years - there's been a post recently by a guy who thought he remembered that the wires he left in the wall were not energized).

But for pete's-sake, get some tape and clearly label the wire with the breaker number and with a notation of whether it is Hot or not.
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So what happened to the guy? Will it spark a fire?
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Unfortunately that breaker controls other outlets.
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I'm an electrical N00b too, for me, the best way to learn is to read about other's mistakes. electrical issue

Can you trace the BX back to where it meets up with the other parts of the circuit?
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It looks like these are accessible from the basement?
If so leaving them in the basement with wire nuts is fine
It will not spark a fire as long as they have the wire nuts installed correctly

You do need an outlet in that wall to meet code
So I assume you are putting it back ?

Studs in newer houses are usually 16" apart, in some cases 24"
Older houses can be 16".....24".....or anything else

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