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Tuesday, February 20 2007
Today temperatures rose into the forties for the first time in this unusually cold February. But I was still cruising on wintertime inertia and busied myself accomplishing more work on my basement guest room heating vent project. I refinished the part of the living room wall where I'd had to cut a rectangular hole allowing me to cut a duct hole through the floor under the wall carrying the duct. I then carefully removed two ceramic tiles low on the wall of the bathroom adjacent the the guest room; this will be where the woodstove-warmed air will eventually blow. To catch that air high in the living room above, I cut a horizontally-ovoid hole at the top of the duct's wall bay. Finally I added an outlet and a switch to control it in the basement bathroom. Then, experimentally, I placed a muffin fan in the hole in the bathroom ceiling to see if I could pull down any of that warm air some ten feet higher up the duct. At this point, though, it was already in the wee hours of the morning and I didn't even have a thermometer handy to objectively measure the phenomenon I was hoping to experience.

In this diagram, which looks a little like two stacked guillotines, you can follow the intra-stud route of the new duct. The duct captures hot air from the oval hole high in the living room ceiling (in blue), draws it down through the floor after passing a repaired hole in the drywall (green). In the floor it passes through a makeshift duct of aluminized bubblewrap between the studs (purple) to the wall beneath. At this point it will encounter a fan, which will be inside an as-yet-unbuilt soffit structure high on the bathroom wall. The fan will be plugged into a conventional duplex outlet I've installed inside the duct in the floor above. That outlet is controlled by a wall switch in the bathroom. The warm air ultimately emerges from a rectangular hole in the tiled bathroom wall (blue rectangle).

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