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samuelsfamily 11-22-2006 07:18 PM

How to force forced air ducts
 
We have a home built in 1917 that has forced air heat but it doesnt extend to the second floor. Is there any way to get duct work upstairs in the walls.we can & are going to sheet rock the walls but the one I need to use is a load bearing wall. Can I get a duct in it without ruining its integrety? Then I could some how make a branch from that main duct in-between the floor joist th the other bedroom.Are there ducts small enough to do this & does it sound like it could work? thanks in advanve for the ideas

glennjanie 11-23-2006 09:19 PM

Happy Thanksgiving SamuelsFamily:
Yes there is a wall size duct made measuring 3" X 12" and they work quite well. However, that size will just carry enough heat for a small room; like 10' x12', so one run of it will not do the whole upstairs. You might consider using one per room or two in a larger room. I would also recommend at least one run for a return air. Heat and air just work better when they circulate rather than just push.
Glenn

j&krenovation 11-26-2006 06:30 PM

Make sure you get an inspector out there to make sure your heating unit is sufficent to heat all that extra space. I think you can add another unit in the atic.


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