I got a request from a customer for a "fine grille" on one soffit mounted
vent over a counter-top/desk.
I showed him a sample of 1/2" x 1/2" aluminum return grille material, and he
wants the holes about half that size.
Yeah... I told him about reduced air flow, etc, but this is all about
cosmetics, and it's only one vent, not all of them.
I've dug around the web, and only found 1/2" cells and larger. Gem-Aire
doesn't stock anything smaller.
Does anyone here know of a source for egg-crate style grille material in
1/4" openings? It could even be lighting grille material, cut to size. I
can figure out the escutchion to hold it on the boot, but I'm not up to
making a custom grille.
Unless I read him wrong, he wants the same look as those honeycomb louvers
on halogen lights. Not a flat grille, but something with "depth". It's all
cosmetic; but hey... if he wants to spend the money having a custom grille
made, who are we to argue. It sure won't be free. I've already got about
two billable hours just searching for stuff on the web.
I did find a phenolic paper honeycomb that may work, if painted. It's the
core material for aircraft interior bulkheads, and comes in 1/8", 1/4", 3/8"
cell sizes -- up to 1" thick, too, so it might work as a directional control
as well. Just gotta get a sample. I think the phenolic resin along with
some paint will withstand what little moisture it might be exposed to.
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