Heat Distribution System
Step 1
Bedroom Vents

About the Photo Sequence
With the fireplace working well, the living room gets warm. Sometimes excessively. The bedrooms get little to nothing unless it's forced. That's the problem that needs to be solved.

This project will span a few years to keep it in the budget. Other priorities got in the way. There were multiple steps to accomplish and each one was a major job. For the first step, I chose to mount two vents in the bedrooms. Heat rises so I figured if there was a flow upwards through these vents into the attic, warmer air from the living room would then be drawn down the hall into the bedrooms. It did, but it wasn't anywhere near enough.

This documents the bedroom vent installation.

Photo Details
This photo sequence contains 8 frames. With only one exception, each frame is a finite 1280 pixels wide but height was left to its own based on the crop. I based the picture size on an email program's display window asuming that the picture would not be automatically resized to fit. This technique kept the file size down, the largest being just less than 461k making it easy to send and receive through email. All photos were taken with a Nikon D810.

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Heat Distribution System
Step 1
Bedroom Vents

With two bedrooms side-by-side, the vents will be about
four feet apart. They'll be mid-way between the window
and the door. The bedrooms are identical, but reversed.

Find the ceiling rafters, drill a small hole between them, shove a wire through it to locate the
position in the attic, measure for a functional location, and repeat it in the other bedroom.

Lots of measuring to get the hole equal distanced from the rafters
and parallel to the wall. Then do the same for the other bedroom.

In the garage, I built a frame around each of the two ceiling register cans.

They fit perfectly between the rafters, and large nails in pre-drilled holes secured them in place.

Here's how it looks so far, in both bedrooms. The 2x4 frame around the ceiling
register cans gives the vent cover screws something solid and secure to grip.

The completed vent is now in place.

In both bedrooms.
Ready for the next step.