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Ductwork Installation Guide

Introducing a completely current and innovative way to learn the basics of Ductwork and Furnace Installation!...

Furnace Installation

When it comes to furnaces, there are a wide variety of different makes and models. All of them in many ways are similar, though there may be characteristic differences between brands...

Plenum Installation

A supply air plenum is a sheet metal box that attaches to the outlet of a furnace, air handler, or AC coil and is used as a central manifold for other ductwork or take-offs to connect to...

Replacing a furnace sounds like a job that must be done by a professional. You may be surprised to know that by following my simple instructions, you can install your own furnace in no time...

Tools in My Work Apron

Have you ever wondered what kinds of tool an ordinary residential ductwork installer carrying in his pouch?
On this and on the following pages you can see a complete set of all necessary tools that I’m usually carrying in my pouch, keeping in my toolbox or having in my van...

How to Work with Rectangular Duct

Learn how to measure, cut and put together a rectangular sheet metal duct the right way.

How to Open up a Hem Tip

This thing in the photo is a slip-on cap. They use it as a top cap for a plenum. Normally this type of...

How to Use Drive-cleat Tips 

Every ducter knows how to use drive-cleats. Is this statement true or false? Well, according to my experience it's definitely false!
Why? I do not know why... However, I'm sorry I know it for sure. During my 30 years in this business I realized that because there is no comprehensive Ductwork Installation book on the market (but only mine) every 3-month experienced guy training a newbie and as a result nobody knows anything...

Cut Holes with Lightning Speed Tip

No, of course it isn't about red aviation offset snips or a hole cutter that you can see in the picture on the left. This tool would make you to cut holes even faster! Don't you want to know what this magic tool is? Great! For the price of only...

Make Cold Air Duct Looks Straight Trick

As you can see in the picture to the left this duct is sagging down. Of course its not a big deal, but it looks unprofessional... So, what can you do to fix it? Some installers screw an S-cleat right next to the sagging corner, but it...

How to Use Sawhorses on Job Site Tips

If you would buy Tips for Residential HVAC Installation book by Larry Gardner (see it on this page on the right) in the Tip 1 he is writing:...

Oops! I Set Furnace in Wrong Place

Of course it wasn't my mistake... Just look at the blueprint below... However a homeowner was never informed about furnace location and in his dreams he was foreseeing that a furnace should be installed 43" closer to the side wall.

OK, just take a look at the previous furnace location you can see it the last time... (Just kidding).

After all canvases were disconnected I pushed the furnace to a new, and I hope, permanent location.

As a result two ducts should be extended, one shortened and the fourth one I have to run as an offset by using two 45*-s. However, before I'd re-install all the ducts I must finish some heat runs that otherwise would be blocked by new ducts. (If you would like to learn how to install heat runs please click on this link or just purchase the chapter below)

Now it's time to shorten a 12 x 8 duct.

I cut it with a saw-zall and re-install in place.

Extended a 24 x 10 duct and re-installed a zoning damper. (If you would like to learn how to run supply ducts please click on this link or just purchase the chapter below).

Figured out an offset and installed it. (If you would like to learn how to calculate offsets please click on this link).

Extended a cold air duct with re-installed canvas and patched the holes. (If you would like to learn how to install cold air ducts please click on this link or just purchase the paid page below).

Now, as everything were re-installed successfully, I hope that a homeowner is going to be much happier than he was before!

43. Installation of Heat Runs – the chapter covers the heat runs installation in the basement and deals only with all possible cases of the “straight shot”.
The chapter has 42 picture; 24 pages*. $3.41 (Instant Access).

On 08/18/2013 text of this chapter was significantly modified and improved. 26 photos were added. Examples of Pulte Homes ductwork installation were also inserted in this chapter.

41. Supply Ductwork Installation* – the chapter deals with the take-offs installation. It is explains how to make measurement, cut in and tap in a take-off. The Chapter describes all possible cases of the take-offs installation.
The chapter has 10 pictures; 6 pages*. $2.37 (Instant Access).

*Drive Connection Trick Quiz.
Offset Calculation Quiz.

On 08/10/2011 text of this chapter was significantly modified and improved.

40. Cold Air Return Duct Installation#– the chapter covers a wide variety of the different aspects of work that is necessary to know in order to be able to install the cold air return duct, such as: how to take measurements and how to cut in a canvas, how to put together a duct, fold drives, and nail hangers. The chapter explains how to hang a duct if you are working alone or with a helper, how to install a cold air drop etc. In addition, there is a description on how to take a measurement and cut a piece of duct. Furthermore, the chapter explains how to make measurements and cut openings for cold air returns in the duct, and describes three ways on how to connect two ducts together. In the end, the chapter represents a few uncommon cases of the cold air duct installation.
The chapter has 65 pictures; 38 pages*, $3.50 (Instant Access).

#From the UMC 2000 aka CMC.
On 07/14/2013 text of this chapter was significantly modified and improved. Two pictures added.
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