Framing HVAC on main floor

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Madala
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Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Madala » Mon Apr 22, 2019 11:26 pm

Hello,

My friend has recently purchased a house in the city that is a major fixer upper. Though watching your videos has been a tremendous help, as we have used many of your videos to help us install insulation and vapour barrier and soon drywall. Thanks a lot for continually making these videos and for providing this space to ask questions! We really appreciate it!

Our current question concerns a newly installed HVAC system and how we should go about hiding it since it is in the middle of an open concept living room and dining room. Some photos have been added to help illustrate the situation. We are basically looking for tips on how we should go about building a frame so we can later put up drywall. We were wondering if you had any guidance, tips, suggestions, or problems to look out for?

Thank-you in advance!
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Re: Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Shannon » Tue Apr 23, 2019 6:48 am

Well first I would remove the straps that hold the ducting to the wall and install the vapour barrier behind all of that and get it sealed up, reinstall the straps afterwards. Next you can frame a 2x4 wall out and around the vertical ducts or even 2x2 to keep it as small as possible . Then you will need to do the same with the horizontal duct over the window so that all of that can be hidden behind drywall.
If you want to get "fancy " you could build a similar size vertical build out to the right coming from the corner so that that one duct does not look out of place. It would look like a couple of wide columns on that wall.
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Re: Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Madala » Tue Apr 23, 2019 11:50 pm

Great. Thank-you for the hints! We unscrewed the ducts like you said and put in the vapour barrier behind the HVAC. We will attempt the framing in a couple of days and like the idea of possibly doing a 2x2 to keep it small. Because of the size of the cold air return he is already losing quite a bit of living space in what is a a very small attached house for a new family with a toddler. I will post some update photos later on once we have finished the framing. If we have more questions we will post them here.

My friend and I noticed the Amazon affiliate link you posted and will now use that when we order from their website. Thanks again for the quick response!

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Re: Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Shannon » Wed Apr 24, 2019 6:55 am

Great ,thank you for using the Amazon link when you can. Looking forward to an update on your project.
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Re: Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Madala » Wed May 01, 2019 11:05 pm

Hi Shannon,

Just thought we would give you a bit of an update on the help you provided us with before.

So we pulled the straps off the HVAC and we were able to put one big piece of vapour barrier up. We also were able to easily pull through the borders around the the electrical receptacles and tuck tape them as per your video demonstrations for vapour barrier ;) We also applied the acoustical caulking around the perimeter, and you were not joking when you mentioned several times how messy/annoying that stuff is to deal with!

We finally got around to building the frame around the HVAC installation. We used 2x2 as per your suggestion and are really happy with the space we saved. We still have to put a couple of spacers between the 2x2s on the horizontal installation but will move onto the drywall soon. Any tips/things to watch out for, for all the small drywall cuts around our new frame?

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Thanks again for all your videos and help! 8-)
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Re: Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Shannon » Thu May 02, 2019 7:06 am

Looks good. My only suggestion would be to now install some strips of 3/4" plywood behind the 2x2s running up the sides of the ducts. Install it so that you can screw through the 2x2s into the plywood and leave the plywood sticking out a couple inches to allow screwing the ends of the wall drywall sheets to it.
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Re: Framing HVAC on main floor

Post by Madala » Fri May 03, 2019 10:26 pm

Thank-you for the suggestion! Will send more updates soon (and questions if we have them).

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