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Old 01-03-2008, 10:34 AM   #1
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Hey guys, brand new over here, thought id lay out my problem and see if anyone can help.
Heres the situation.
Me and a few buddies (with the help of some professionals for the plumbing and concrete work) totally finished my basement. It was pretty much 4 bare walls and we added a bedroom, living room, bathroom and kitchen. The plumber put in some baseboard heat, but we also had the heating duct in the basement and while putting our walls up we cut out 2 vents to get some extra heat down there.
Everything worked out pretty much as best as i could have hoped considering i was a beginner at all of this.
Now, heres the problem, in my bedroom the overhead vent is on the right side of the room and lately when the heat is flowing through the duct(and sometimes when its not, but def more pronounced when it is) , i hear this very irritating noise every few seconds. Its creaks pretty much every 5 seconds while the heat is flowing and then sometimes every like 10-15 when its not, but sometimes it doesnt creak at all. Sometimes Ill use the old DIY solution of banging the wall cutout right next to the vent and that is a temporary solution, but i dont know what else to do. Ive actually resorted to leaving my wifes side and sleeping in the living room (the torturous creaking seemingly doesnt bother her).
At first i thought it may have something to do with the baseboard, but there are no pipes at all near where the sound is coming from and im just at a loss for what to do. I literally cannot get a good nights sleep. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 01-03-2008, 01:17 PM   #2
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remove the vents in the room for a couple of days to see if it goes away. if this noise is caused by the register then replace it. noise from vents maybe due to, to much air flow/velocity coming from it. dampers installed can slow the air down a bit just enough to solve the problem. some times I would while the system is running and the air is present, stick a small screw driver in to slghtly bend the blades a little.

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Thanks, i think i may try that exact method, i have a tiny damper in there and maybe i just didnt position it correctly.

Then only reason why im not 100% confident in this is because it "sounds like" the creak is coming from right next to the register and not directly from the vent or its opening, but its worth a shot...
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