Ok, I'm going to ask a question that I'm fairly sure how it will be answered, but I'll ask anyhow.
I've got a half basement that I'd like to finish. The existing ductwork runs, of course, perpendicular in many areas to the floor joists.
The basement area is kind of tight as is, and I'd like to maximize the space with keeping as much headroom as possible. I really would like to avoid doing soffits or treys, but will if the below inquiry is just too rediculous to bear...
Is cutting through basicaly the entire joist to provide a channel for the ductwork to run flush with the ceiling completely out of the question? I'd imagine I'd run new joists on either side of the channel and maybe even angle iron at the bottom of the duct in line with where the old joist existed.
I realize it would be hard work and even a pipe dream, but any gained space in the area is a win.
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