Bought a furnace for 3k ft cottage which I have constructed. I baulked
at the contractors pricing for ductwork(double the cost of furnace ) .
Contractor will install and hook up furnace and has drawn up a duct
design with register locations and duct sizing. Looking for reference
material, web or otherwise on abc's of ductwork installation for DIY ers
Oh man, brace yourself: this should be interesting... not too many DIYs
'round here--many HVAC pros, though, and I expect the swearing to begin
in aprox. 1 hour... : )
PS. Buy all three tin snips (yellow, green, red) and some nice, thick
Ductwork is nothing more than some cheap tubes to blow air through. It is
real easy to do and doesn't need to be fancy. You can do it yourself--go to
lowes and get a 500 ft box of the 4" plastic flexible dryer duct and about 4
rolls of duct tape. After you do the first one, the rest get much easier.
You can easily make adjustments afterwards if it doesn't seem right.
What type of thermostat are you planning to use? Most folks skimp on the
thermostat, which is at the heart of 90% of most problems with HVAC systems.
Good luck. You're about to find out why the duct work costs double
the furnace. And he actually gave you a heck of a deal if it was only
going to be double.
3,000 ft cottage and crying about the price of the HVAC. Sheeez.
A cat would be man\'s best friend, but
never stoops to it.
By the time you add it all up, including cost of tools and the hassles of
dealing with sheetmetal you might find it's not such a bargain to DIY. Not
that you can't save yourself a fair amount of money, but it won't come
without a LOT of work and repeated trips to the HVAC supply store.
I lived next door to the most insane rehabbers I'd ever come across.
They rebuilt this house from the foundation up and they did most of
the work themselves--complete demo, taking it up a 2nd level framing,
levelling beams, did all their own drywalling/mudding, windows, doing
the siding themselves, and since they work full time at other jobs and
being active with their 2 kids, it's taken them over a year...in fact
they're still working on it. It takes a lot for them to get someone
else in to do something since they're control freaks. They're also
cheap bastards, only willing to pay a little for hired labor in.
Anyway, ductwork and HVAC were among the very few things they opted to
pay someone else to do. This may lend additional weight to the chorus
of folks saying this job may really not be something you'll enjoy
The shingles, rough plumbing, and I think rough electrical were the
only other places they got side jobbers in to assist.
He knows your using his info but not his sevices on the duct work?
And when the contractor is finished, you'll have pics to take to show
the integrity and professional install of the system. Tight fitting joints,
properly insulated so it doesn't drip condensate onto the drywall, etc.
And when you are finished it may look more like it was put together by
drunken Lumberjacks. Or at the very best a first time do-it-yourselfer. And
the average is somewhere in between.
There are/were trade schools just for tin knockers, with 4 year
apprenticeship programs, journeyman, master, the whole cigar. What I'm
saying is this is skill that is practice oriented rather than
information/knowledge oriented. A book will be way better than any web based
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