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    Default Return air too close?

    Return air looks somewhat close. Thinking it may redirect draft.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Yeah it is too close. I see that about 4-5 times a year. Kinda makes you wonder about the AHJ during construction and time for finals, COA's.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    The rule is return air vents should be located no less than 10 feet from an open combustion source. That looks less than 10 feet.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Personally, I'd ignore it.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Barker View Post
    Personally, I'd ignore it.

    ?????

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    Quote Originally Posted by Eric Barker View Post
    Personally, I'd ignore it.

    Please explain, why you would ignore it??


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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Quote Originally Posted by Marc Mazza View Post
    Return air looks somewhat close. Thinking it may redirect draft.

    I know you are a smart man mark but did you actually look into the "return air vent". Where it is placed is extremely unusual in the corner of the living room. I was thinking it was more like what we call a bath trap as in a hole cut out for termite treatment behind a tub or shower.

    Just curious.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    I'd be more concerned about the distance of the mantel from the top of the firebox.


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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Quote Originally Posted by Ted Menelly View Post
    I know you are a smart man mark but did you actually look into the "return air vent". Where it is placed is extremely unusual in the corner of the living room. I was thinking it was more like what we call a bath trap as in a hole cut out for termite treatment behind a tub or shower.

    Just curious.

    Ted,

    I had the same thought.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    c'mon you guys...jeesh. Actually, the garage was on the other side and the FAU was installed there.
    JD...got it..its what caught my eye and led me to the return vent.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    c'mon you guys...jeesh. Actually, the garage was on the other side and the FAU was installed there.
    You sure it wasn't just a make up air vent opening up into the garage?


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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Judging by the number of holes in the thing...yes, it was.

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    Default Re: Return air too close?

    Hi Guys,
    I am new to this group so don't be too hard on me! If this is a return air intake couldn't the problem be easily fixed by making it a high sidewall return?


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