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Old 11-26-2012, 03:40 AM   #1
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As a part of my master bedroom remodel, I'm moving a wall that has a return air vent that is approximately 30" long located inside of it. I'm not sure how to infill this opening in the floor, so that it is approprietely supported, and will not squeak when the hardwood floor is repaired.

I have 3/4" T&G subfloor with 3/4" red oak hardwood finish flooring. Since I don't want to pull up the hardwood, is there a good way to infill this opening without disturbing the adjacent hardwood?

-Kiel

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Do you have access to the floor from below?

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We recently had the same issue. We moved the register to another wall and filled the space with subfloor and supported with 2x4 to prevent squeaking from underneath. We also covered the floor with 5 inch Red Oak planks. Virtually invisible when walking around to even tell that it is there.
To be honest, we moved 2 walls and wanted the floor to standout more than it is. Honestly, we have trouble seeing the difference between the 5 in and 2 1/2 in flooring.

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As a part of my master bedroom remodel, I'm moving a wall that has a return air vent that is approximately 30" long located inside of it. I'm not sure how to infill this opening in the floor, so that it is approprietely supported, and will not squeak when the hardwood floor is repaired.

I have 3/4" T&G subfloor with 3/4" red oak hardwood finish flooring. Since I don't want to pull up the hardwood, is there a good way to infill this opening without disturbing the adjacent hardwood?

-Kiel
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Attached are three photos. One overall shot, and one for each joist bay.

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Do you have access to the floor from below?
Yes. The basement is unfinished below the opening. Probably should have mentioned that in the first place...
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We had the same situation. Need supports for the subfloor. It was 2 pieces of 2x6 attached to each floor joist as a support. Subfloor over that and attach to 2x6 or joint. Our subfloor was 3/4" plank but 3/4 plywood works as well and we just cut it to fit the space. Just make it level. Now you are ready for flooring.
You will need to be more exact on shape of subfloor repair if you plan to carpet. We were using hardwood so not a large concern.
The bigger concern is where you are going to place the intake. Ours was easy with a simple move to an adjacent wall. Did not even have to adjust duct work so hopefully yours is the same.

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We had the same situation. Need supports for the subfloor. It was 2 pieces of 2x6 attached to each floor joist as a support. Subfloor over that and attach to 2x6 or joint. Our subfloor was 3/4" plank but 3/4 plywood works as well and we just cut it to fit the space. Just make it level. Now you are ready for flooring.
You will need to be more exact on shape of subfloor repair if you plan to carpet. We were using hardwood so not a large concern.
The bigger concern is where you are going to place the intake. Ours was easy with a simple move to an adjacent wall. Did not even have to adjust duct work so hopefully yours is the same.
Thanks for your input. I wish that relocating my return air vent was as simple as yours was. Unfortunately I believe that my situation will be more difficult. I'm going to need to either relocate it to keep it in the hallway it is currently in, or reduce the size and install multiple registers for intake. I'm not particularly looking forward to that bit. How hard was it to install a new return air vent in an existing wall?
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All i really did was make a hole in the wall and build a box to isolate the air flow. I then attached the intake cover to the wood/drywall. You do not need a direct duct just some place to get air from. The important part is to make sure there are no gaps in the duct you make just like the one in your wall that is behind the plaster. My intake is just a peice of sheet metal attached to the joists. Simple stuff. Also make sure the opening is similar size to the old one. Ours was the shape of yours and now is a square. You can make it any shape as long as the size is similar.
[QUOTE=Optical1;1061238]Thanks for your input. I wish that relocating my return air vent was as simple as yours was. Unfortunately I believe that my situation will be more difficult. I'm going to need to either relocate it to keep it in the hallway it is currently in, or reduce the size and install multiple registers for intake. I'm not particularly looking forward to that bit. How hard was it to install a new return air vent in an existing wall?[/QUOT

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