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Old 11-16-2011, 01:57 PM   #1
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Basement Remodel Help with Ductwork


I am looking at finishing out my basement and need help with how close can I get to the ductwork. The bottom of my ductwork is 8ft to the floor and I have a window in the basement where the height is 7'8" from the floor, so I have 4 inches of play if I go all the way to the ductwork. My question is how close can I build something next to the ductwork. I know all building codes are local; however I can not seem to find any codes in regards to this issue, any help would be greatly appreciated.

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Old 11-16-2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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I am looking at finishing out my basement and need help with how close can I get to the ductwork. The bottom of my ductwork is 8ft to the floor and I have a window in the basement where the height is 7'8" from the floor, so I have 4 inches of play if I go all the way to the ductwork. My question is how close can I build something next to the ductwork. I know all building codes are local; however I can not seem to find any codes in regards to this issue, any help would be greatly appreciated.
There's no distance required. It's not like the wood will burn. You just want it far enough away so the ducts don't touch the framing. You can get it 1/2"-1" away to be sure.
Are the ducts insulated?

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Thanks for the information. The ductwork is not insulated.
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Thanks for the information. The ductwork is not insulated.
It should be.
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Seal all joints in the duct work with metal tape or seam seal. Do not use cloth duct tape. I agree that you should insulate the ducts as well.
As far as the distance - it only needs to be far enough away so that the ducts don't hit the new ceiling if they expand and contract in operation.
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