Floor register

Discussion in 'HVAC Heating & Cooling' started by littlebrook, Nov 12, 2008.

  1. littlebrook

    littlebrook New Member

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    Hi,

    Can someone tell me how to secure a floor register to the floor?

    Whoever installed the current register just left it sitting loosely in the hole in the hardwood floors, but my 2 yr old son loves to pull up the register and stuff things into the ducts so I need to find a way to attach the register securely.

    The hole is an odd size, 2 3/4 x 12 inch with uneven sides yet the only registers I can find are 2 x 12 inch. Can I glue the register to the floor somehow? What kind of adhesive should I use?

    Thanks
  2. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Don't glue it, as you won't be able to remove it later to clean it or refurbish the floor.

    You might try wrapping the section that goes into the floor with duct tape, making it big enough to create a friction fit to the opening that your son can't remove until he's big enough to learn not to do so.

    If that doesn't work then get some screws long enough to attach it to the wood subfloor. Pre-drill the register and the floor below.

    And tell your son that's where the boogey man lives.
  3. nhmaster

    nhmaster Master Plumber

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    How about teaching your kid to leave things alone?
  4. littlebrook

    littlebrook New Member

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    Easier said than done.
  5. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    Funny how some claim to want to protect the public health from obvious dangers like dirty dishes but not children from an open floor register. :rolleyes:
  6. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    register

    At 2 3/4" wide, it is probably more a case of protecting the register from the child, because I doubt that the kid will fall into it, unless he is severly malnourished.
  7. Southern Man

    Southern Man DIY Hillbilly

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    There could be sharp edges of metal duct work down there along with the bogeyman.
  8. hj

    hj Moderator & Master Plumber Staff Member

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    Not likely. Usually the duct work extends through the floor and is flanged over so the floor supports it.
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