Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #200 – Magnetic Vent Cover Blocker

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 200 , Magnetic Vent Cover Blocker, is the best way we have found to stop cooled air from the air conditioner from passing through closed duct vents and going into areas that are not used. They are very inexpensive (e.g. 2 for $6) yet they really do the trick. Being … [Read more...]

Lowering Your Air Conditioning Costs Tip #187 – Cover Basement Vents In Summer

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 187, Cover Basement Vents In Summer. Using the damper inside the duct further ensures that none of the A/C air is wasted going to the basement. Keep the conditioned air above ground where it can be useful. There are also magnetic vent covers which cost about $6 for a … [Read more...]

How To Install Oversized Floor Tiles

Old Light Floor Tile Against Dark Hardwood Flooring

A few days ago we provided a summary of the many articles we wrote about preparing both a previously tiled floor as well as one covered with linoleum for new oversized floor tiles. Today, we provide you with the listing of the articles, with many pictures, we wrote about the installation of oversized 24 inch by 24 inch floor tiles upon completing the many steps involved with first preparing both floors. As a reminder,our floor tiling project began with 23 year old tiled flooring in our … [Read more...]

Daily Home Energy Savings Tip #302 – Heating – Vent Block Cover

Editor’s Note: To view all the 530+ different energy and water conservation tips for the home, simply access our Free Energy and Water Savings Guide, 3rd Edition +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Number 302, Vent Block Cover. Air leaks can occur inside the house itself. You can pick up a pair of these magnetic energy conservation products at your local hardware or building supplies retailer. Closing the vent in an unused room or in the basement will help reduce heated … [Read more...]

Preparing Laundry Room Floor For Tiles – Part 2

Plywood On Top of Exposed Closet Floor

In the previous article within this floor tiling project series, we say the initial preparation for the laundry room floor. Today we continue the floor preparation tasks. At this point in the floor preparation process, the 1/4 inch plywood is placed loose on the laundry room floor for two purposes. First , the area of the floor vent is marked off to identify where to cut the its opening. Remember, measure twice and cut once. Notice the two pairs of markings for the vent opening on the … [Read more...]

Installing Vent Register in Drywall Ceiling Vent

Basement Ceiling Vent Wood Insert

Now that I has sufficiently, I think, covered up all of the possible air leaks in the ceiling vent within the basement room in our home which has the drywall ceiling, I still needed to install the vent cover. If you recall from previous articles, I could not simply install a traditional vent register as it would not fit inside the vent opening in the ceiling. And, using a vent register which is traditionally used for a cold air return did not provide any area inside the vent opening with … [Read more...]

SaniDry Dehumidifier – Part 4 – Installation 2

In Part 3, the SaniDry Basement Air System was delivered to our home and the location decided. Since I wanted the unit hidden from view we needed to have duct kits installed from the unit out past the wall so the dehumidifier to take in the moist air from the large open finished area of the basement and return dryer air back into the area. So, what are duct kits? Well, if you want to have your SaniDry unit take in moist air directly from another room and to return it to that other room you … [Read more...]

Basement Drywall Ceiling Vent Cover – Part 1 – The Issue

Vent Opening

I've mentioned in prior articles my strong dislike for using drywall as a basement ceiling cover in an home improvement activity. Imagine all of the work I would have had to undertaken to repair all of what would have been damaged drywall from both our en suite shower leak and our potty room toilet leak. The room containing the electrical panel, like most of the basement, was already finished when we purchased our home. However, like the finished 2-piece bathroom in the basement, the … [Read more...]

Drop Ceiling Vent Cover Installation – Part 2 – Butterfly Anchors And More

Butterfly Anchor and Vent Cover

Yesterday in Part 1 we described how the prior owners of our home had used stiff wire to attach the vent covers in the basement's drop ceiling to the vent's duct work, preventing the vent from closing. The solution we used came in two parts. The first part was the use of butterfly clips / plugs / anchors. Call them what you will, they did the trick for us. After removing the old vent cover in the drop ceiling tile, I then measured and cut two notches at either end of the opening for … [Read more...]

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