|Project by MasterSergeant||posted 02-02-2011 03:31 AM||1526 views||2 times favorited||6 comments|
This may seem like a little bit of a weird project, but in reality this is one of my most significant builds to date. My wife and I built our home with our own two hands and we built it well as we are finding out. We put our air conditioner up in the attic with all the cold air runs in the ceiling throughout the house. Each winter we would go around and close all the registers thinking they shut air tight, we were so wrong. I was up working on one the other day and I noticed the cold cold air was just dumping into the room! I check the other registers and they were doing the same! I came up with an idea to build insulated register covers and here they are. We have had them up for about 2 weeks and already can tell the difference in the house, no more subtle drafts we have experienced in winters past. I think I hit the jackpot in cutting winter heating bills!!
I used cedar for the boxes, as it is a light wood, then i drilled 1/4” recessed holes in each corner. I bought some 1/4” rare earth magnets and glued them into the recesses so they are just flush with the edge. I had some aluminum foil bubble insulation and lined the interior of the box with that. The magnets hold the cover in place very well and the insulation keeps the cold air up in the attic where it belongs.
-- Kelly, woodworker under construction