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Silly HVAC Ductwork Installations


Richard Acree  

Sometimes the Do-It-Yourselfers create great comic relief for Nashville Home Inspectors.  HVAC ductwork installation is one common source.  Look at the pictures below.  What's wrong?

HINT:  Just do it?  Works on the track, not in a house.

ANSWER:  I don't really have an answer for this, except maybe "Just don't do it?!"  But for those who cannot see it clearly, yes, that is a NIKE shoe box used to complete a line of HVAC ductwork.  The box and a tube of caulk!

So let's look at another silly picture of DIY ductwork installation.  Look at the picture below.  What's wrong here? 

HINT:  Sometimes having a little material left over is not a bad thing.

ANSWER:  In general, only the length of HVAC ductwork as is necessary is recommended.  And there are limits to how long a certain run of ductwork can be.  In the picture above the excess ductwork should have been eliminated. 

Thank you,

Richard Acree


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