12:53PM | 06/07/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
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First, I'm new to the forum and have enjoyed reading it!

I am currently tackling a kitchen remodel and have a little situation with a return-air (for a forced-air heat system). I am replacing a kitchen "peninsula" with an "island"--leaving less room for the return air.

The return air (one of 3 in the house) is made up of 2 cut-outs in the main return-air duct, which is about two feet away--between adjacent floor joists. Each of the cut-outs looks to be roughly 3x8". A single wall grille serves both (thru holes in the flooring), covering both joist spaces.

So that said, 2 questions--and any help is VERY much appreciated:

Can I count these as 2 separate returns and put ONE of these on the new island--say as a 2x12" (thereby preserving the approx 24 sq. in. of the cut-out)--and put the other one under one of the kitchen cabinets (about the same 2x12" size)? This would probably represent the easiest solution given the locations of everything. (The kitchen cabinets are 4' away from the island).

By the way, this return serves the whole kitchen/dining level.

Thanks again!


03:58PM | 06/07/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
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First, thank you HKestenholz for taking the time to reply!

You're right, the 3x8" openings didn't look too big to me either.

They (the 3x8 openings) are just cut-outs in the ductwork....visible between joists. There are sheet metal "blocks" the other side of the return-air grille to (alledgedly) prevent air from being taken through the house framing--but alas, there is no duct work between 'here and there'.

Do you think I should have ductwork installed to transition from 3x8 to 2x12? It's also possible I can install (or make bigger cut-outs) bigger than 24 sq in. (the heating system works 'fairly' well--a bit uneven upstairs, brrrr, but here in Colorado heating is VERY important so I'd rather take the trouble to do things right

Thanks again for responding!


01:44PM | 06/08/03
Member Since: 06/06/03
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Thank you again, HKestenholz. This project will be challenging enough as it is; I do appreciate your thoughts and making it a bit smoother!


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