09:25AM | 09/10/03
Member Since: 09/09/03
1 lifetime posts
My house was built in the 1950's. The cold air return in the basement was just a piece of metal sheet nailed to two joists in the ceiling. Last year my husband planned on remodeling the basement, so he ripped out all of the old cracked drywall and ceiling. (Which exposed the cold air return) he planned on updating it, so he cut the old metal sheet down. However, he hasn't been able to do anything with the basement since then. Being that we no longer have a cold air return in the basement, could this be the cause of high electric bills? Also, is this even legal? Thanks in advance for your advice.


05:53AM | 09/15/03
Member Since: 09/16/02
250 lifetime posts
The sheet metal you are talking about is actually a cold air return from the upstairs, correct?
The sheet metal between joists is legal from what I've seen. You're just using the joists as the duct work.
I wouldn't think this would help with your bills. When the house was built hopefully a qualified heating and A/C company was called in to put vents and returns where they need to be and how many.
Why doesn't your husband just put them back up where they were? A pair of tin snips and cheap sheet metal. What's the problem?



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