I have floor vents thoughout my mobile home for a heating system
I no longer use - propane is WAY WAY too expensive. The grill-
like vent covers are a PITA, I too often get a shoe caught on
one. I'd like to replace them with a solid cover but can't think
of anything thin enough to avoid tripping on. Maybe a sheet of
aluminum and file down the edges (bevel them) so there's nothing
to catch on. A better easier idea? The vent holes are about 4
1/2 x 10" so the material should be strong enough to avoid
In alt.home.repair, on 30 Aug 2017 18:09:47 GMT, KenK
Well I do use my vents but it was hard to avoid stepping on the one in
front of the sliding glass door, so since I almost never use the AC,
during the summer, I replaced the vent with a 1/8" piece of wood that
had a 1/2" piece of wood almost the size of the opening attached in the
middle of the bigger piece. So the smaller piece keeps the bigger one
where it belongs and it strengthens it too. I only had this one to
keep track of, but in your case the aluminum filed down at the edges
sounds good to me.
If you are sure you never want them again, go under the home, take out
the vent and ducts, put some blocking across the hole and then cut a
drop in filler the thickness of the floor for the top. It will be
If you ever did want the vent back, remove the blocking and the
filler, reconnect the ductwork.
replying to KenK, Iggy wrote:
I know they're fairly small holes, but you'd be surprised and find you really
need rigid stuff. So, stay away from Aluminum, it's way too soft and weak.
You'll need Steel, Cast Iron or Wrought Iron. A Metal Scrap Yard or Ornamental
Iron Store/Shop would be your best bet for 5-6" X 11-12". Those places will
usually cut-out what you want and it may not be much more to have them bevel and
round everything (you don't want knife edges or corners).
On a couple of final thoughts, you may also want to consider getting some Batt
or Foam Insulation to either glue to the metal or to loosely stuff into the vent
holes. To keep out hot and cold temperatures as well as any possible bugs. I'd
also countersink drill and screw the plates into the floor and paint the metal
so it doesn't try to rust on you anytime soon.
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