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co20070904 09-04-2007 11:15 PM

New flexible air duct
I have an older home that doesn't have any duct work from the air return vents to the furnance. The air gets pulled from the crawl space under the house and into the furnance. It's an odd setup. There are 4 air return vents in the house, just no duct work behind them. So I plan on installing the flexible duct in the crawl space. The flexible ducts are not my concern. My question is:
What goes on the end of the duct work. The air returns are about 12 inches wide and 8 inches high and the opening into the furnance is about the size of a standard air filter. Will these 'transitions' need to be custom made or should I be able to find them at a hardware store?

mdlbldrmatt135 09-05-2007 08:00 AM

Try HD.. they have a selection of transitions. I don't recall if 8x12 is a stock one or not for sure...........

Big Bob 09-05-2007 09:28 AM

Your 12x8 grills will need a 10x6 boot (insulated is better) 1" flange thing. Double check and save a trip back to the store.

You may need to build a return air plenum out of duct board. don't forget to leave access for your filter.

KUIPORNG 09-05-2007 09:32 AM

my only suggestion is try not to use flexible duct,.... instead... use the solid ducting material... to make your job more solid/robust rather subject to deteriation... and you certainly need a solid adaptor at the inteface you are talking about which is the most difficult part... then route out from there using solid piping isn't that difficult.... you may be able to build the interface yourself with the supplies from HD....

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