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What do you do about the hole/vent in some floors?

  1. (If only a hole there and not a vent) I always cut the flooring round the hole

    4.2%
  2. (If only a hole there and not a vent)I repair the Hole and install over it

    4.2%
  3. If there is a metal grid/vent i cut the flooring around it

    37.5%
  4. If there is a metal grid/vent i go over it. It saves having drafts and new builds dont have them so

    58.3%

What do you do about the hole / vent in the floor?

Discussion in 'General Flooring Chat' started by Matt, Dec 28, 2010.

  1. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Alot of rooms have a hole or a proper metal vent in them.

    What do you do, do you carpet over the hole or repair the hole maybe?

    If its a metal vent do you unsrew it and then refit with a new hole cut in the carpet?

    Please vote in the poll above. Nobody can see who votes for what.
     
  2. Hairylayer

    Hairylayer Well-Known Member

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    Sorry to be awkward but i usally discuss it with the customer.
    It might be a hole from a gas fire that is now removed etc once its cut its cut!
     
  3. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    Not been awkward mate, your being a great help actually! The reason for the poll is because there are alot of regs that 99% of trades dont know. I will be putting up the correct answers to the polls in a few days time. At the moment we are trying to gather some info of what floorlayers think is right or wrong.


    However i dont understand your post! what do you mean by once its cut its cut? Do you mean if there is a redundant vent for say a gas fire that is not there any more you still cut around the hole?
     
  4. coolevilangel

    coolevilangel Well-Known Member

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    As stated, always discuss with customer first
    If its a current gas fire, then it has to stay put! (has to be free flowing air in room)
    If no gas etc then theres no real reason for it, therefore upto customer if they prefer it left or covered over, in which case i'd patch the hole and fit over.. :smile:
     
  5. Hairylayer

    Hairylayer Well-Known Member

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    Re: What do you do about the hole / vent in the fl

    I meant the same as coolevilangel alway discuss it First, if they have gas I cut a hole in it and refit vent over the top.
    If there is no need for the vent and customer doesn't want it I'll repair hole in floor.
    The whole must be cut if there is a gas fire in the room but I still say this to the customer and if the won't let me cut it then I won't fit it.
     
  6. coolevilangel

    coolevilangel Well-Known Member

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    Have had a handful of customers over the years that have argued they didnt want the 'ugly' vents in their floor.
    Had to explain its against the law for me to cover over them, and therefore i would be held liable for carbon monoxide poisoning....... death lol etc........ :?
    Even had a couple that said 'we dont worry about that'.....!! :shock:
    Sod that & out came the knife!! :mrgreen:
     
  7. tedmaced

    tedmaced Well-Known Member

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    They are definately there for a reason
     
  8. bladerunner

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    A bit like ad-VENT calendars,you open the door and it stays open.
     
  9. lymmranger

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    ALWAYS discussed with customer

    ....worst oopsie (years ago) was fitting laminate floor over an access panel. When we estimated job it was covered with carpet.
    Customer never mentioned it (wife)
    3 weeks later husband came in kicking off

    No those particular fitters do not work for us any more :oops:
     
  10. smithwinona1985

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    This forum is awesome. The flooring ideas and vent are good. Keep it up!

    LINK REMOVED, speak to admin if you would like to advertise on here.
     
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  12. mjfl

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    depends if the hole /vent are current or not, you've not really put that in the questions...
     
  13. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    how do you know if it was current or not ?
     
  14. coolevilangel

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    normally current if theres an old gas fire/circulation system still installed
    if so, then its still current as you'd need free flowing circuit of air
    If not then not currently required
     
  15. SandyFloor

    SandyFloor Well-Known Member

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    I've covered a few that have been obsolete heating systems .....at least I was told that's what they were.
     
  16. Matt

    Matt Well-Known Member Staff Member

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    o,k. Just to note. The fire may of been replaced etc. Never presume that its no longer current. If its no longer current then get a plumber or builder to fill the hole for you.

    For all you know there maybe a back boiler in the chimney that still uses it. They may well be a boiler in the under stairs cupboard that does not actually need it. Well not when fitted but now the hose has double glazing. The boiler 5 meters away may now be using it !

    YOU will be responsible if ever there was a issue. O and remember if a boiler goes wrong (as in lack of air flowing to it) it will normally mean death to the occupant if its filling the house with Carbon Monoxide. YOU will be up in court for death by..... what ever they hit you with.
     
  17. Snugfit

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    Ask the punter and if asked for my advice I would tell them its there for some purpose.
    Unless like one house were the builder had put the vent in just incase the new owners wanted gas but instead they opted for oil. I that case Irelishesd the hole and covered.
    I tend to unscrew and lift the grid, remove the plastic sleeve, i cut the carpet big and cut into the corners of the hole, reinsert the plastic sleeve and screw top on.
     
  18. big john

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    ok so if its a cottage or a room with a concrete floor and the same set up as the room you are all talking about where is the floor vent none existing plus gas rises not sinks and does windows have vents and does the rooms have a vent in the wall I think and was told many years ago by a gas fitter that it was a load of b-----ks and that someone has made a load of money out of cutting a hole in the floor and putting a grid over it hhmmmmm I wonder
     
  19. neilrj

    neilrj Active Member

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    Erm I think you'll find that all domestic gas sinks when leaking but it won't be a 'drop hole' for that, it is just ventilation for feeding an appliance burner - gas or oil.
    Some open fires use air feeds to use the unheated external air rather than the convection cycle burning your costly heated air.
     
  20. SamSmith

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    There can be several ways to fill holes in the floor. We will tell you the two ways that you can easily do it by yourself. If you know any other efficient way to do this, you can share it with us. First of all, let me tell you that if the damage is big enough then you have to replace the floor itself. Replacing the old floor is the hard part. For that, you have to hire commercial flooring contractors. But small holes in the floor can be repaired. You don’t need to replace the entire floor. Here are the ways:

    First way:
    You can use scrap to fill in the holes. Take a piece of scrap and cut them the same size as the hole. Use another scrap under the floor and screw it across the hole on each side. After that, plug the cut piece into the hole and label it with the floor. Use floor glue to firmly attach it to the floor. Then, leave it for some time.

    Second way:
    Use a wood filler that is the same color as your hardwood floor. Pour a small amount of putty into the holes with a putty knife and press it in until it completely fills the holes. Make a small mound over the hole with a little extra putty. Then, leave it to dry for 24 hours. After drying, smooth the lump with sandpaper until it is level with the rest of the floor.
     
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