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Old 01-27-2010, 06:29 PM   #1
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Maybe I am over thinking this, but I am not quite sure how ceiling vent covers are installed. My basement remodel book mentions installing them by "screwing into the metal flange around the opening". Is the author talking about screwing into the sides of the boot? Or do I need to have 2x4's framed around my boots on each side?

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Drive the screws into the boot.

I've only heard members of my company refer to register boxes as boots before.
I always get a strange look when I ask for boots at a supply house.


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Actualy you button lock boot ears onto boot. The ears will span between the joists and give you a place to screw in to. Never saw the ears available at any supply house, we just make them at the shop. They look like a square root sign,5/8 down+5/8 up + a 12 to 15" extension.

If you can't come up with the ears then you will need wood along the boot edges for screws.
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Never heard of button locks.
With metal boots, why not drive the screw into the boot?
Are you speaking of ductboard?
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Unless you buy a special boot that is made with ears on it you must add the ears to the boot and hang it that way before drywall. It is just a flange of sheetmetal that buttonlocks to the boot. It gives you a place to secure the boot to hang it on rough in and gives you a place to secure register to on finish.
I have no idea how you would skrew a register into the boot as there is no flange.
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I guess I'm buying special boots and never realized it.
So your 8x10 boot has a 8x10 box not 10 x 12 with an 8x10 opening?
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I suppose it all depends on where you live as to what is normal or special.

We just buy a boot that would go in the floor around here and put ears on it to install in a ceiling or a wall. 4 x 10 is our most common size.
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so I have a couple registers that I already drywalled with nothing but the box there. What can I do for these? Drywall anchors?

For the ones not drywall yet, I can take sheet metal and make something to screw into?
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Drywall anchors will be tough as the holes for the registers are real close to the hole you already have and will usually break the drywall. I would try to get some metal and make a short ear to squeeze next to the boot.

For the ones not drywalled we make a ear 1/2upx 1/2down x 4 at 90 degree or so and buttonlock it to the boot. That way you have something to skrew to.
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Drywall anchors will be tough as the holes for the registers are real close to the hole you already have and will usually break the drywall. I would try to get some metal and make a short ear to squeeze next to the boot.

For the ones not drywalled we make a ear 1/2upx 1/2down x 4 at 90 degree or so and buttonlock it to the boot. That way you have something to skrew to.

Thanks.

So can you describe what buttonlocking is?
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Its a punch tool for buttoning together two pieces of metal. Kind of presses/locks them together.
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Malco brand -snap lock punch -is the tool. Guess buttonlock is a slang term.

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