I have a house that was built in the 1960s with forced air. The
registers (both supply & return are in the baseboards.) In the middle of
the registers (typically 4' long along the baseboards) is a large screw.
At first I thought that the screw held everything together, but then I
noticed the returns do not have one. I was able to turn the screw (its
edges are serated like a quarter's to make it easier to hand turn) with
a large screwdriver (and some effort) and it is definately connected to
some sort of baffle inside that runs the length of the register.
Unfortunately turning the screw doesn't seem to do much, either to the
baffle or the air flow. The screw comes out a little, but that's it.
I would love to be able to balance my system better (less air out of the
kitchen register which is over the furnace and open up another
register). There are no butterflies in the ducts or any other way to
adjust air flow.
Is anyone familiar with this type of setup? How are the registers
adjusted? I want to see if something inside isn't working properly or
if I just don't know what to expect. Taking the registers apart
wouldn't be easy and they have been painted at least once.
Unfortunately, they aren't like floor registers that you can easily
remove if the mechanism is stiff. I'd appreciate any advice!