Gone in 60-seconds

As you can see in the top picture, the “deployed” grate-vents take up about an inch of depth.

The contractor’s hole that was cut for the vents was fine for the inexpensive, beige-painted, short little Home Depot vents, but not for the fabulous bronze vents we purchased – so material had to be removed.

With the MultiMaster and a wood-metal saw-blade attached, the super-easy ability to do a sideways plunge-cut and then a vertical cut removed enough material and allowed the grate to drop right-in.
The blade/tool also doesn’t have a jerky, instant-on start-up. It begins gradually and comes up to speed, and then once you make the plunge-cut, you can pretty easily move the blade laterally/sideways to keep cutting. Nifty tool, works in tight spaces.

SIDE EFFECTS: During this process the whole vent sheet-metal and 4-inch ducting-hose fell off with an Oops! It dropped away into the basement and disappeared, so I had to go down there with a flashlight and get up on a ladder, and push it back-up into place. I secured the tin from below with a long sheet-rock screw. Back On the upstairs side I anchored one end of the ducting with another screw and then adjusting for height, did the other side.
The action of falling released two pieces of hitherto unknown yellow fiberglass insulation batting that were lodged in the duct-hose, clogging it. Now what was once a hot room in Summer and a cold one in Winter flows A/C and heat freely. YAY two-fer!

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8 thoughts on “Gone in 60-seconds

  1. Looks good! We’re down to 2 rooms left to renovate, then the front porch needs to be redone. It never ends 🙂 Our best to you both this New Year.


  2. I constantly run into poor workmanship during building maintenance projects. Generally, it seems to be fast, sloppy work, or lack of attention to detail. That’s both construction and previous maintenance. A fair amount of repairs can be directly attributed to these previous goofs. I seem to spend as much time redoing other peoples work, as I do fixing worn out things or damage. Maybe more.


    • And as my plumber friend says, “Even though it reflects poorly on the profession, that’s more work for me.” He does a lot of work where the Name-Brand guys have cut-corners and slacked.


  3. I put those same vents (or something very similar) into a house I rehabbed a couple of years back. They look so much better then builder-grade/big-box-store vents.


  4. Love the Multimaster. So many things it does right.

    As for the insulation, you might consider cleaning all the ducts. The construction debris swept into the ventalation holes is a pretty common thing. (The guy I paid to do mine basically had an industrial shop-vac with a rotating brush on the end… pulled out a lot of drywall dust destined to end up in the furnace filter.)


    • That’s worth thinking about. We’re running an over-sized system that’s a bit inefficient. Fortunately all the HVAC ductwork is pretty easy access with nearly walking-around headroom!


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