I have a kitchen and living room separated by a load bearing wall that has 3
ducts and 1 cold air return running thru it.
I'd like to remove the wall and put in a beam. The new beam and the wall
removal I can deal with, but,
moving duct work is going to be a new challenge.
Currently there are 3 ducts coming off the main trunk line (in the
unfinished basement ) at separate spots in intervals of 16 inches (so the
lines fit up the wall cavities) they run west @ 6 feet off of the trunk line
before they turn up thru the wall I want to remove.
I'd like to take out the ducts, and run 1 large line off the main trunk
line. this new line would exit the main trunk line 1 foot north of where
last of the 3 current ducts located. (trunk line runs N/S)
I'd then remove the majority of the existing wall, then this new line will
run 6 feet from the trunk line then turn up next to the "stub" of the
remaining wall. Then when the new line reaches the ceiling turn it back
south in a ceiling bulkhead to rejoin the remaining duct work that runs
thru the floor of the second floor. The current ducts all open into the
same room which currently gets too much air with all the vents open.
I understand that running angles at 90' will really cut down on air flow
but, I don't think I have much of an other option.
My question is, If I remove the 3 lines and consolidate them, should the sq
footage of a cross section of the new square duct be larger / smaller or the
same size as the sum of the 3 existing ducts.
ie. given 3 pipes at 6 inch round then (6*6 / 2) *3 = 54 inches so new
square line off the trunk line should be 6x9 or so.
thanks in advance for any advice.
Pardon me for asking, but I am only trying to keep someone out of
trouble and I don't know your qualifications.
You seem unsure of moving ducts, but feel good about removing a load
bearing wall. Do you have experience as an engineer? Guessing on this job
is not a good thing.
I am not sure what others will recommend here, but I suggest employing a
HVAC professional that will do the math for you and make sure your ducts as
planed and air handling capacity you have will handle it. No getting it
right now, can be very expensive later to correct. Almost as expensive as
the damage caused by making a mistake on the load bearing wall.
He definetely needs a pro, and likely changes to his furnace and AC
like a bigger blower motor, if its even possible. he might have to
upgrade to a high speed small diameter duct system, whatever the
changes are going to cost big bucks:(
I appreciate your concearn for my safety and well being,
I do not have experience as an engineer, however, I do have a good friend
who is an architect and he should be able to come up with the correct size
beam for me.
I do have experience as a framer, so, the wall portion of the job is not
going to be difficult. (just plain old hard work)
however, I'd love to know if I should over size the extension to the trunk
line, or not in order to get sufficient air to the upstairs bedroom.
For those interested in the bearing wall part of my project, it is an 11
foot wall with a doorway currently in at the south end of the wall (wall
runs n/s) , I want to expand the "doorway" to be 8+ feet wide.
regardless I will be pulling permits, so whatever mistakes I make *should*
be caught by an experienced pro. I'm just hoping to skip having to redo /
repair any work.
I think most of us here dont want to see anyoone bring down a cieling
or worse:( Such sad events can and do occur:(
a good friend had a issue like yours, they opened the wall with a
couple pillars where the ducts ran from basement to upstairs and
installed a wall and counter about 3 feet tall.
IMHO you need to get a estimate from a heating contractor...
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