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Install a Floor Register

Spruce up your home's hardware with a decorative floor register. This project takes very little time and only a few household tools. Read on to have your new register installed in no time.

Floor register in hardwood floor.

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Install Your Floor Register

If you're replacing an existing floor register, be sure to choose one that fits your existing duct opening. Simply measure the width and length of the duct opening to determine the correct size to purchase.

Step 1

Position the register frame over the duct opening, allowing even spacing on all four sides.

Step 2

Drill a 5/64-inch pilot hole inside the recessed area of the frame at an angle, down into the subfloor.

Step 3

Carefully making sure that the frame has not shifted, use a #6 finishing nail to attach the one corner to the subfloor. Use a nail set to drive the finishing nail into the recessed wood in order not to damage the frame with the hammer.

Step 4

Repeat Step 3 so that you have 2 nails per side inside the frame, securing the register to the subfloor.

Step 5

Insert vent cover into the frame.